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Manufacturing group adds 125 jobs spurred by medtech contracts

A group of manufacturing firms in the Midlands has created 125 jobs in the past year thanks to contracts to create innovative products in the medical sector and beyond.

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN), which is made up of eight sub-contract manufacturers in the Black Country and elsewhere in the West Midlands as well as one engineering design agency, has won lucrative overseas contracts in the medical, automative, aerospace and electronics sectors.

Each of the nine firms has grown rapidly over the last 12 months, which the group says is testament to the sharing of best practice, increased purchasing power and co-working ethic that their partnership has emphasised.

Recent expansions mean that MAN now employs a 1,000-strong combined workforce over 15 factories, with an order book worth almost £90 million and 40 per cent of the firms’ turnovers going overseas.

This recent growth, fuelled particularly by medical technology contracts, means MAN companies have created almost 150 new jobs in the past year, thanks to an extra £10 million in sales.

Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer and the new chairman of MAN, said a firm belief in the power of collaboration has helped grow both the collective and individual businesses in 2017.

He added: “We were all together when the results of the European Referendum vote were announced and we were shocked. That feeling lasted for about ten minutes and then, like typical manufacturers, we decided to roll-up our sleeves and see how we could make the most out of the situation. The fall in the price of sterling has certainly been a big help.”

The Manufacturing Assembly Network is made up of Alucast, Barkley Plastics, Brandauer, Grove Design, KimberMills International, Mec Com, Muller Holdings, PP Control & Automation and SMT Developments.

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