A new client approached us with a new product and an aggressive “go to market” strategy. The main issue for them was the need to develop a concept with a strict design criteria and to a high-level specification in a timely manner. This required us to adapt to a new style of manufacturing but built on the solid expertise and experience we had within our teams and reacting quickly to meet the clients demands. The fundamental issues for us were the logistics of handling work that was much larger in scale than we were used to, integrating into a fledgeling supplier network and implementing the FPC (Factory Production Controls) accreditation.
Firstly, in response to the nature of the new work, we quickly adopted and modified our existing processes, including re-mapping our shop-floor for suitability and capacity requirements and creating ‘holding’ bays to facilitate additional storage needs. We also had to establish and work within a new supplier network where there are a number of key sub-dependencies critical to achieving the overall end product.