‘Lean and Green’ in North Yorkshire

Craig McGowan of Duraweld

North Yorkshire - based Duraweld, one of the UK's leading producers of customised presentation, packaging and printed stationery products, has been selected by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to host a visit showcasing best practice in lean manufacturing and successful environmental management.

The visit, which forms part of the MAS's 'Inside Industry' initiative, is due to be held on the 25th February at the company's factory in Scarborough and will show delegates from around the region how lean manufacturing works in practice. It will also focus on how Duraweld has been able to successfully synchronise lean manufacturing with its 20-step environmental programme, which has seen significant reductions in waste and energy consumption year on year.

Launched in 2002, MAS is one of the Government's 'Solutions for Business' suite of offerings, jointly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the nine English Regional Development Agencies.

In Yorkshire & Humber, MAS is jointly supported by Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by YFM Business Development. It aims to help manufacturers streamline their processes, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve their businesses. The 'Inside Industry' factory visit programme for the Yorkshire and Humber region runs regular tours to enable manufacturers to benchmark their performance and learn new techniques from some of the most successful businesses in area.

Jamie Swan, Duraweld's Production Manager, who will be hosting the tour said: "The main benefit of running our lean manufacturing and environmental management programmes side by side is that we have been able to stay competitive and innovative in what is a traditional, mature industry. We are delighted that the MAS has chosen Duraweld to show other companies how it can work well when it is done with commitment and care, and I hope we can provide some really useful tips to help inspire people to improve their manufacturing and environmentally friendly processes in the future."

For further information about these visits or to register online go to www.masyh.co.uk/events/inside-industry-factory-visit-to-duraweld  

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