Manufacturer looks to boost growth potential

A lightweighting casting specialist has signed up to a programme to boost its growth potential and has received funding support to help it with the drive.

Sarginsons Industries, has joined the National Manufacturing Competitive Levels (NMCL) Automotive Programme and has received funding of £268,000 as part of a wider £536,000 investment to complete the programme by March 2022.

NMCL Automotive was established by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to help boost the competitiveness of the UK manufacturing supply chain and is supported by other major trade bodies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Sarginsons’ project will begin in August and will engage all employees to set the business direction and develop operational capabilities to achieve quality and delivery expectations.

Sarginsons hopes the programme will lead to it being able to win and deliver more profitable contracts and build on its supply chain, with the ultimate aim of the company being positioned to deliver fully finished sub-assemblies for automotive programmes.

The grant funding is provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and was approved by Birmingham City Council.

Anthony Evans, managing director of Sarginsons Industries, said: “This is yet another step in our constant drive for improvement and growth.

“We have invested heavily in recent years to enhance our capabilities and to offer so much more to our existing customer base and to new clients too.

“This will provide us with an opportunity to really benchmark that and will see us working with all of our employees over the next 20 months as part of the programme.

“Ultimately, it will help us to diversify what we can offer and reach our ambitious targets for growth.”

Claire Wall, from NMCL Automotive, said: “This is a critical time for the automotive supply chain and we are delighted to be able to support Sarginsons in their aspiration for continued improvements in competitiveness, productivity and growth.”