Aerospace Engineers Flying Higher
West Midlands based Bromford Industries Limited was formerly known as Hampson Aerospace Machining Division before the 2009 management buy-out, backed by Darwin Private Equity. It is a privately owned enterprise trading on a global scale which manufactures and supplies engineered and performance-critical components for the commercial aerospace, military and defence, and power generation markets. Bromford Industries serves markets including; aero engines, landing gear and industrial gas turbines.
Following the success of the University’s original ‘Lean’ programme; which had proved beneficial to the plant’s operation, culture and financial performance, the subsequent collaboration in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) flowed instinctively from the already established relationship.
The KTP programme comprised key innovative elements aimed at advancing the company’s operational processes, information systems, and overall staff skills. The programme proved an integral part of the company’s development initiative that included:
- Investment in new advanced manufacturing technology and management information systems and refurbishment of facilities.
- Further extensive staff training and development.
- Recruitment of new senior management team members and staff to deliver new services together with development of new organisational structure.
An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system was adopted, underpinning the company’s adherence to the Aerospace Industry’s best practice and which, in turn, improved its overall quality, cost and delivery performance. This also ensured the existing Management Information Systems (MIS) operated effectively and has now paved the way for a new ICT strategy which will enable the introduction of an advanced MIS to support widening business requirements.
Key members of staff received advanced training in tools and techniques; which was followed up by regular “Continuous Improvement” meetings involving staff from across the four sites that comprise the widened independent Bromford Industries group.
The KTP programme has enabled Bromford Industries to implement a systematic and analytical approach to Continuous Improvement which has made significant contributions to improving nearly all aspects of the company’s manufacturing operations, whilst refreshing and enhancing its decision support and man-management capabilities. These developments have already resulted in significant improvements throughout the company, specifically the ability to expand the Fabrication facilities and successfully manage a £600,000 project that has resulted in the company securing a significant new customer.
Our partnership with Birmingham City University over the last several years has given significant benefits to our people and customers, resulting in the deployment of a highly successful KTP programme and numerous training and personal development programs being undertaken.” – Gary Lowe, Managing Director, Bromford Industries