PECM Issue 23 2016 - Page 41

He continued: “The additional 1,000 sq metres will be used for additional manufacturing space, a just-in-time logistics operation and new clean assembly area that we’ll need for new opportunities in the more specialist industry sectors, such as scientific equipment and semiconductor processing markets. “Importantly, it gives us the manufacturing footprint required to increase sales by 100% and is a real show of intent when talking with potential clients.” PP Control & Automation, which is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), has become one of the world’s most respected suppliers of electrical control systems, cable harnesses and sub-contract manufacturing solutions. Employing nearly 200 people, the company has benefitted significantly from the ‘outsourcing’ trend being employed by machinery builders keen to reduce production lead times, secure greater manufacturing flexibility and ultimately reduce overall manufacturing costs. “Companies have realised that strategic outsourcing in areas of non-core activities offers many significant commercial and operational benefits, but they have to make sure they fully investigate their choice of outsourcing partner. Get it wrong and the consequence can be devastating,” explained David Fox, Chairman of PP Control & Automation. “Manufacturers are more aware of the processes that they wish to keep in house, these are a core activity and key to their success and the areas they wish to invest in. “Equally they observe non-core activities as being unnecessary and often a cost burden. This awareness is something we’re now looking to capitalise on through our involvement with the Manufacturing Assembly Network.” He concluded: “Working in partnership with electronics experts SMT Developments and fabrication specialist Mec Com, we have launched the OEM Outsourcing Cluster and will be promoting this through a new brochure, digital marketing campaign and by attending carefully identified trade shows.” For further information, please visit or follow @ppcanda on twitter Issue 23 PECM 41