Here at Supply Chain Programme, we love a good client story! We recently worked with LBBC Beechwood, supporting them in their journey towards a LEAN implementation programme, and you can check out their inspiring story below…
LBBC Beechwood, a fabrication business forming part of the LBBC Group, has invested a six-figure sum into a large state-of-the-art universal milling machine (CNC machine) as part of a major overhaul.
The machine will open up new business opportunities in precision engineering projects, as well as bringing major benefits to existing customers. The company will now be able to offer a full end-to-end service in the production of specialist fabrications and complex machined parts, without the need to subcontract part way through the manufacturing process.
This significant investment is part of a wider programme of improvements carried out in the business over the last 18 months.
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.
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. These changes will have huge benefits for customers and open up opportunities for new work streams.
Managing Director of the Group, Howard Pickard, said:
“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.”
Commenting on the grant funding, Ian Rhodes from the Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme said:
“We were delighted to support LBBC with a grant towards the development and successful implementation of Lean operating practices across the business which has resulted in significant improvements in operational performance and efficiencies and a better working environment for staff.’
Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership & NP11 added:
“I am delighted that through the LEP, we have been able to support the modernisation of LBBC Beechwood’s premises and investment in new machinery. Our region is renowned for its scale, diversity and excellence of high-value manufacturers. This investment will help LBBC safeguard and create new jobs and drive further growth for the sector”.
The addition of the CNC machine has already led to recruitment opportunities.
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