Salad firm invests in smart technology

Len Wright Salads has invested in a factory which will harness revolutionary digital technology to improve productivity and reduce waste.

The Tarleton firm will have access to tools such as data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 3D-printing and robotics after joining Made Smarter.

The £20m government-backed programme launched late last year aiming to help businesses improve productivity and revenues, increase export sales, create jobs, provide new skills to workforces, integrate with supply chains and reduce environmental impact.

Colin Charlesworth, finance director of Len Wright Salads, said: "Our business has embarked on an ambitious transformation strategy to secure its future which includes the investment in a new prepared salad factory, one of the most advanced in Europe.

"The vision is to reduce our energy usage and improve our productivity through waste reduction using industry leading digital technology.

"Support and match-funding from Made Smarter and expertise from our external consultant Rick Patterson, has enabled us to make the crucial investment in IT and data infrastructure to support this goal."

Minister for Business and Industry Nadhim Zahawi said: “The Made Smarter Programme is enabling manufacturers across the North West to access advanced digital technologies with the aim of driving growth and increasing productivity while reducing costs - all part of our ambition to make the UK a global leader in shaping how the modern world does business.

Our ambition is to make the UK a global leader in shaping how the modern world does business.

“Companies will not only reap the benefits themselves, the investment will support a multi-million-pound boost to the local economy, keeping the region at the forefront of the latest innovations."

Donna Edwards, Director of the Made Smarter North West pilot, said: “Working with business we have found that they are enthusiastic about the benefits of adopting new digital technology. Often, they need funding support, but also the specialist advice and insight to help them select the right approach for their business.

“This is exactly how Made Smarter can and is helping businesses across the region. It’s been interesting to see the range of businesses and sub-sectors the successful applicants have come from and the technologies they have selected."

Made Smarter is suitable for SMEs employing less than 250 staff who make, create, manufacture or engineer. New enquiries are encouraged.

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