Shipley-based precision engineering company Produmax (www.produmax.co.uk
) is to host a seminar to help other Yorkshire manufacturers export.
The leader in flight control components and assemblies will be giving the region’s manufacturers an insight into its transformation into an international business, employing 75 people and with exports now accounting for 70% of its turnover.
The company, which has incorporated ‘state of the art’ automation into its production facilities, will host the next Export Exchange ‘Live’ event, which is being organised in association with Make UK.
More than 50 manufacturers are expected to attend the event on 17 September, which will include a tour of the factory.
Working in partnership with aerospace manufacturers world-wide — including Boeing and Bombardier — Produmax produces high-quality machined components and assemblies.
Its global success follows a management buy-out in 1998 (led by current managing director Jeremy Ridyard), when the company employed just 12 people and had no export contracts.
Over the last five years, it has undergone a Sharing in Growth transformation programme, helping it to increase its productivity and reduce down-time.
Produmax recently opened an additional facility at its Baildon headquarters to accommodate its increased workload and allow for further expansion. The company now exports its products to the Philippines, Morocco, Japan, Canada and North America, as well as parts of Europe.
June Smith, regional director (North) for Make UK, said: “We’re hoping that hearing the Produmax success story and seeing its world-class facilities will inspire other manufacturers in the region to embark on their own export journey.
“It is crucial that the industry invests in improving productivity, both by increasing automation and also by implementing the latest efficiency processes – even a small step can have a significant impact.”
Businesses interested in attending this free event can register via the Export Exchange Web Site (www.exportexchange.co.uk/events.php