Manufactured Yorkshire 2017 – putting customers first

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The Manufactured Yorkshire expo is a great way to communicate with existing and potential customers – and this year was no exception.

The one-day event was held at Elland Road, Leeds, on 10 May, with a particularly busy morning session. Our team members were very grateful to have started the day with free breakfast butties, provided by Santander!

The joint PPS/Simm Engineering stand gave pride of place to an Atlas Copco DZS 065V vacuum pump and an Atlas Copco GA11VSD+FF air compressor, alongside a range of pneumatic components with particular focus on Camozzi valves and actuators.PPS team at Manufactured YorkshireEvents like Manufactured Yorkshire provide a great opportunity to engage with customers and find out what is currently driving their business – whether energy efficiency, increasing productivity or cost reduction. As a solutions provider, we can then advise on the best way to help them.

Business challenges chartBy pinning business cards on a display board of business challenges, delegates were able to see a visual representation of the issues. These varied from company to company and were in some cases specific to their business; however, we found that we were offering free energy surveys to several companies as a good starting point for measuring current energy use, leading to ways to save money and drive efficiency.

It will come as no surprise to hear that Manufactured Yorkshire attracted a large number of manufacturers, many of which use compressed air systems, pneumatics and other products that are supplied by PPS. The diverse range of companies included printers, bottle manufacturers, tool manufacturers and cardboard manufacturers. Some worked in specific hi-tech industries, such as a manufacturer of specialist looms, used for weaving carbon fibre for aircraft.

Adrian McSorley presentingIn the afternoon, our vacuum specialist Adrian McSorley took part in the three-minute showcase, using his rapid slot to discuss the benefits of the new Atlas Copco DZS dry claw vacuum machine and our approach to helping customers save energy – including a discussion on how an average of 10% of energy usage is on compressed air. It was a great opportunity to present information about PPS, as one of only 20 companies from the Made in Yorkshire and CKMA networks invited.

At the end of the day, the team agreed that it had been a very positive event, and that it was cheering to see that the Yorkshire manufacturing sector remains vibrant.

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