Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Derby engineering firm begins collaboration with Portsmouth counterpart

Derby-based Acres Engineering has begun a collaboration with global specialist engineering services business tpgroup plc as it continues to invest in its Manufacturing Facility in Portsmouth.

tpgroup is a leader in consulting, digital solutions and engineering services across the full lifecycle of defence, space and energy programmes, employing approximately 450 people in six countries, with customers across the globe. It works with governments, institutions and leading commercial businesses and recently acquired Osprey Consulting Services Ltd.

The two engineering firms met at a ‘Make UK’ National Manufacturing Conference in London and began dialogue over how they could work together to help drive the culture of innovation at the Portsmouth site.

Acres has already created bespoke step ladders to improve health and safety in their stores area, on the Lean Manufacturing shop floor, a bespoke pipe rack to improve efficiency and safe storage and bespoke stillages for safe and efficient transportation of products.

The latest project will see Acres create and install a 7.5 tonnes powder-coated gantry crane at the facility to help boost site capability whilst maintaining the highest standards of health and safety.

Luke Parker, Managing Director at Acres Engineering, says: “We are very proud to be working so closely with a globally recognised engineering specialist as they continuously improve this incredible facility.

“They have an incredible focus on ensuring that everything is carried out in the safest and most efficient manner possible and are leading by example in the industry. It is great to be a part of this journey.”

Andy Dou is Head of Operations at TP Group – Portsmouth, he adds: “When I met Luke I could see that he and Acres intuitively understood the culture that we are striving for and wanted to work with us on our improvement projects at our site.

“We are working very hard to lead the sector and having us and Acres working collaboratively, is a huge asset to us, as we strive to create a truly cutting-edge facility here in Portsmouth.”

A spokesperson from Make UK said: “We’re delighted to see such a positive example of collaboration between two such dynamic companies. Innovation has always been critical to the success of manufacturing and as we emerge from the current crisis it is going to become even more so – examples such as this demonstrate clearly the way forward for the sector.”

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