Stannah Stairlifts has opened its manufacturing facilities to local businesses as part of a council initiative designed to bring companies together and share best practice to boost performance.
Businesses from across the region were invited to have a behind-the-scenes tour at Stannah in Test Valley Borough Council’s initiative.
Representatives from across industries and government were invited to visit three of Stannah’s sites in Andover, to learn more about the company and its operations.
The day included a talk by the process engineering team on improvement and sustainability; a guided tour of the factory floor; and a visit to Stannah’s special expo hub, for a look at the company’s latest innovations and developments.
The event was arranged by ‘Manufactured in Andover’, an initiative supported by Test Valley Borough Council and EM3 Growth Hub.
David Drew, economic development and tourism portfolio holder at the council, said: “When it comes to manufacturing, Andover and the Test Valley area boasts a rich and diverse mix of organisations.
“Through the Manufactured in Andover group, we are aiming to bring this community together, in a way that will help further enhance their achievements.”
As well as a representative from the Department for Trade and Industry, companies attending the event included EEF, MRT Castings, Vitacress, Shenton Group, Haworth Castings, BP Rolls and Custom Interconnect.
Colin Jones, fulfilment manager at Stannah, said: “Business and industry face many challenges and peer-to-peer collaboration such as this can be very valuable.
“With a 150-year heritage behind us, we know how important innovation and continuous improvement is, and we hope that by sharing our experiences we may be able to help other ambitious organisations.”
He added: “It was our pleasure to give visitors a unique insight into Stannah and our process engineering.
“One of the things we’re most proud of is how engaged our employees are, in coming up with ideas and taking ownership of their implementation, to better what we do and how we do it, across every level.”