Stairlift group joins West Midlands manufacturing community

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Kingswinford-based Handicare has joined Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group, Made in the Midlands, to share best practice, win new business, collaborate, and raise its profile within the local community.

The West Midlands site is the headquarters of the UK division of Handicare, which develops stairlifts and some mobility products.

Handicare distributes its products to a network of trade partner, and for direct private and local council installations in the UK. Products are also exported to countries including the US, China and Australia.

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In the last few years, Handicare has made substantial investments to enhance productivity in the manufacturing process across sites in the UK and the Netherlands, focusing on simplification and automation and increasing capacity to cope with rising global demand.

Handicare’s director of operations UK, Richard Whitehouse, said: “We are delighted to join Made in the Midlands’ ‘movers and shakers’ and to participate in activities which are bringing together our region’s engineering and manufacturing firms from all sectors.

“We are keen to develop closer relationships with our neighbours in the industry, and to share best practice which will have a positive impact on our local economy as well as participating companies.”

Handicare is now part of a collective group of more than 400 firms including Jaguar Land Rover, ZF, GKN, Dennis Eagle, Moog Aircraft Group, Mahle Powertrain, Yamazaki Mazak, Autins, Ricoh, Sertec, Dura, Gestamp, Hadley Group, Arlington Industries, Lander and Liberty Group.

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