With 13 factories, 800 employees and £80m annual sales, the Manufacturing Assembly Network - or MAN Group as it is commonly known - utilises the collective knowledge, technological expertise and vast industry experience of eight sub-contract manufacturers and a specialist engineering design agency.
The primary aim is to work together to secure contracts at home and overseas, but, since its creation in 2006, the Group has also developed an apprenticeship sharing programme, engaged in cluster activity with local academia, attended trade shows together and tapped into export contacts to enter new markets.
One company that has been there since the start is Barkley Plastics, known around the world for its plastic injection moulding capabilities, as well as its long-standing reputation for precision toolmaking. The Birmingham-based firm work within a range of different industries, including automotive, construction, domestic products and retail, producing over 50 million mouldings every year.
From interior products and lighting for cars, to fire alarm systems and cleaning equipment for industrial components, the company has established itself as the go-to name for all plastic moulding enquiries.
Customers rely on Barkley Plastics largely due to its ‘total-care’ approach to service.
Matthew Harwood, Business Development Manager, explained how each customer is handled on an individual basis and is taken from initial concept, all the way through to final manufacture and delivery.
“Everything we do is bespoke; we take our customers’ designs and advise them on the best way to manufacture before bringing them all to fruition.
“We are constantly investing in new machinery and implementing the latest technology, ensuring that the tailored service we offer is truly first-rate and ahead of the market. Our 85,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility is also one of the largest moulding facilities with a fully equipped toolroom in the Midlands."
Although it is approaching its 55th anniversary, Barkley Plastics is always investing in the future.
It currently has three apprentices who are gaining valuable, hands-on training and the management team are keen to get the younger generation into an industry where they can use innovation and best practice manufacturing as part of their everyday role.
You can hear about all of these developments - and much more - at the upcoming Made in the Midlands 2019 expo.
Barkley Plastics will be showcasing its expertise and services on Stand H14, as well as talking about the capabilities of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, which ranges from precision pressings and CNC machining to casting, PCB development and automation.
Matt and his team will also be promoting MAN Group’s Design and Make Challenge 2019, where Year 11 and Year 12 students will be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of what a career in engineering and manufacturing could look like.Back