One of the most interesting things about the Cheshire and Warrington region is the high proportion of chemical and pharma manufacturers. It’s well known that the North West economy comprises a very successful chemical cluster, but a lot of these manufacturers and wider ecosystems reside within this particular area. From manufacturers of hand sanitiser through to fuels and lubricants, we’re seeing a real appetite from all those within the chemicals sector and supply chain.
Here’s just a small selection of the makers we’ve been able to support…
ESL Fuels is an innovative fuel producer, supplying specialist products to the road, heating and marine markets. They work with leading distributors which gives nationwide coverage, and their end customers include schools and the NHS. ESL Fuels is using technology to boost the efficiency of their operations and our grant funding is helping them scale their business and launch exciting new projects.
Twinfix make roof glazing and canopies and have benefitted through our support in a number of ways – including a digital transformation workshop. Technical Director Dan Smith also undertook our leadership programme to help navigate the pandemic. Digital technologies have helped Twinfix re-open their business through remote working capabilities, all the while ensuring that their factories were safe at all times. We’re now in talks about further project scoping and grant funding.
Then there is Technoprint Cheshire, a specialist information leaflet manufacturer. This is a perfect example of how a Cheshire-based business used the Made Smarter Leadership Programme to better understand their own digital journey.
Art Graphics, who design and engineer bespoke art frames and acrylic boxes, have seen significant benefits through our digital technology internship programme. On top of this, we’ve supported them with grant funding for data and systems integration.
Our support enabled Alphabond Technologies to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic – in fact, they were almost unaffected by the situation as they could put information through an ERP system and have better data visibility.
Plastic Card Services
Lastly there is Plastic Card Services, who utilised funding through Made Smarter to write a new software solution that has enabled them to win a contract worth £500,000 annually, and boost turnover by 8%. They’re now looking at other opportunities to streamline and optimise their production-line processes.