Timber firm upgrades production with digital help

Mike England Timber has upgraded its production facility and improved its output with help from digital process mapping expertise at AMRC North West.

The timber supplier approached the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) North West for help and advice on the best way to cost effectively upgrade its Preston facility to incorporate a new layout and equipment.

The research team at AMRC North West, which is currently based in Preston until its new £20m facility is complete at Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, used its digital process mapping and factory layout improvement expertise to help Mike England Timber deploy cutting-edge digital technology to deliver production improvements and ultimately, improve its bottom-line financial performance.

The project was fully-funded through an ERDF initiative and took just over four months to complete, from process discussions to commencing operating using the new layout, as well as incorporating new flooring, electrics and CAD drawings. 

Jeanette Corner, managing director at Mike England Timber, said: “We are an independent UK-wide timber supplier and we take great pride in the fact that we are a family business that has been in existence for more than 50 years, and that we are now using the latest technology to lay the foundations for our future growth strategy.

“The new layout became operational this week and it has already demonstrated efficiency and production improvements to meet our increased demand, as well as offering a better service for our existing customers."

Melissa Conlon, commercial director at AMRC North West, said: “We specialise in using our manufacturing expertise to help develop outstanding, cost-effective solutions, whilst also utilising our vast network of contacts and funding sources, to have real, meaningful impact for businesses.

“We wish Jeanette and her team every success with their new layout and future growth strategy. We were delighted to be able to help them with this journey.”

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