Manufacturing: Move to New Site Means Supplier Can Plan Increase in Turnover

The Birmingham Post (England), June 10, 2004 | Go to article overview

Manufacturing: Move to New Site Means Supplier Can Plan Increase in Turnover


A move to the heart of the Black Country is paying dividends for a best-in-class automotive supplier.

Johnson Precision Tooling, a specialist in steel and carbide header tools, has invested more than pounds 100,000 into transferring its operations from Yardley Wood, Birmingham, into a new site in Darlaston, and is now planning to increase turnover by some ten per cent over the next year.

Backed by strategic support from Accelerate, the move has allowed the company to create an even stronger relationship with nearby Armstrong Fastening Technologies, with response times and quality all improving as a result.

Roger Johnson, managing director of Johnson Precision Tooling, said: 'The new site, which is based on Westbourne Road, is twice the size of our old plant and gives us two major advantages in terms of logistics and the simple fact that we can now move our two sister companies -Recess Tooling Supplies and Johnson Machine & Tool -under one roof. We are already seeing the benefits of being located near to a major customer, with new orders secured and, thanks to the improved customer service and delivery adherence scores, the potential to take on an even bigger share of their tooling work.'

Transferring over 200 machines in just six working weeks was a major challenge for Johnson and, as a result, the management team decided to tap into support from Accelerate, the West Midlands supply chain programme.

Managed by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the initiative brought in Momentum Partnership to help plan the factory layout and introduce a number of industry-leading manufacturing processes.

'With the crisis surrounding steel and the continued threat from global competition, it is vital for local suppliers like ourselves to find ways of becoming competitive and adding value,' said Mr Johnson. …

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