Knowledge Transfer Partnership wins prestigious manufacturing award
30 Nov 2012
A Staffordshire engineering firm working in a knowledge transfer partnership with Aston University has received a prestigious national award for its manufacturing excellence.
Accutronics Ltd, which develops and manufactures “smart” rechargeable batteries and chargers for medical, military and industrial sectors, has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Lombard Award for Innovations in Products and Processes.
The Stoke on Trent based company was described by judges as ‘an exemplar of how an agile small company can thrive against global competitors’, and deemed worthy of the Award.
Accutronics, established in September 2009, entered in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston University, part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and West Midlands European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to help develop and implement an innovative continuous improvement programme. At its core are process improvements which are closely linked to customer requirements, from quality and flexibility to price control. Working alongside Aston engineering and business experts, the 60 strong company, which employs nine engineers, has been able to embed and develop its current and long-term operation strategies and processes to help diversify into different sectors. This has included reviewing and progressing its operational strategy, responsive and reconfigurable manufacturing, enterprise simulation and logistics and supply chain management.
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Last updated on Friday 30 November 2012 at 15:54