In the last few weeks, we have invested a six-figure sum into a large state-of-the-art universal milling machine CNC machine as part of a major overhaul and wider programme of improvements carried out in the business over the last 12 months.
The machine will open up new business opportunities in precision engineering projects, as well as bringing major benefits to existing customers. It means that we can now offer a full end-to-end service in the production of specialist fabrications and complex machined components, without the need to subcontract part way through the manufacturing process.
The installation of the new machine is the culmination of a whole programme of improvements in the business, including the introduction of LEAN management processes and a total office and factory refurbishment.
A portion of the investment funds were secured through a successful application to the Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which have been used to improve the production facilities. Further funds were obtained through the Supply Chain Programme run by the University of Huddersfield, which have contributed towards the funding of a LEAN implementation programme throughout the entire LBBC Group.
Managing Director of the Group, Howard Pickard, commented: “We are very grateful to the LEP and Huddersfield University for the grants, which will allow the Beechwood division to leap forwards immeasurably in terms of safety, quality, cost and delivery. The investment in the new machine alongside our investment in our people will ensure we can deliver huge benefits to our valued customers in the years to come.”