Engineering excellence in business help

ImechE President Proffesor Isobel Pollock visits AESSeal's HQ at Bradmarsh Business Park,Templeborough,Rotherham.Pictured on her tour around the factory with Chris Rea MD of AESSEAL and chat with Pete West
ImechE President Proffesor Isobel Pollock visits AESSeal's HQ at Bradmarsh Business Park,Templeborough,Rotherham.Pictured on her tour around the factory with Chris Rea MD of AESSEAL and chat with Pete West
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The boss of one of South Yorkshire’s most successful manufacturers is urging other firms to make the most of a business improvement programme pioneered by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Chris Rea, managing director of Rotherham-based AESSEAL is urging other companies to sign up for the IMechE’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards and get the benefits of the associated business improvement programme.

AESSEAL is a previous winner of the IMechE’s overall Manufacturing Excellence Award and Mr Rea says the company got great benefit from the self assessment audit and benchmarking which forms part of the judging process.

The online audit also results in participating companies getting free, immediate and targeted business advice.

Mr Rea said: “Our business engaged in a benchmarking exercise with the Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which became an important part of our Excellence Programme and we grew from £31 million to £124 million sales over a 10 year period. I can therefore heartily recommend the Manufacturing Excellence Awards.”

Companies that want to take part in the awards have until Friday, May 9 to use the online tool, which can be found at http://www.imeche.org/event/manufacturing-excellence-awards.

AESSEAL is one of two Sheffield City Region companies to have won the top Manufacturing Excellence Award. The other company to win was wire joining and tensioning device innovator Gripple, which was the first small or medium-sized enterprise to win the top Manufacturing Excellence award in the scheme’s history.