Modulift - Back to the future
With the recent move into its new purpose-built 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility, Modulift's Technical Director, Sue Spencer reflects on how the company has changed immeasurably since its humble beginnings in 2002.
The business started its journey in the early days by focusing on selling a new concept of Spreader Beam which moved away from traditional fixed length Spreader Beams that were cumbersome to store and transport and only available to order with long lead times, to a modular lighter-weight design that would be available from stock and easy to store or transport beams in pieces. When I was designing the initial range of sizes up to 110 tonnes capacity, I never imagined the company's huge success 17 years later.
We have now moved into the realms of 1650 tonnes+ for Spreader Beams, and we're getting more and more interest for the 2000 to 5000t range.
Modular Spreader Beams are still right at the core of what we do, but we have diversified into other areas over the last few years by building a very strong and experienced Engineering Team. This wealth of in-house knowledge with over 120 years of combined lifting experience, has helped to establish us as the 'go to' brand for custom lifting solutions, as well as the standard product range.
Sarah Spivey, Managing Director, joined forces with me in 2008, and grew our brand and reputation, setting up more and more distributor networks around the world to stock our products for next day delivery. We pride ourselves on our reputation for quality and our customer service and providing custom designed lifting solutions when our standard modular spreader beam range doesn't fit the mould of the unique lift.
I believe our growth and success is largely down to the people who have joined us on our journey, bringing with them their expertise and knowledge. We launched a significant recruitment campaign that has seen personnel numbers rise by 37 percent, enhancing our capabilities as we evolve and adapt to change. The company has never stood still as we have been continually striving to develop and hone our strategy as market conditions change, which has evolved into our new manufacturing facility.
The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility offers a whole host of benefits to increase the pace of production and cut lead times. With the operations and engineering teams working alongside the factory floor, they are able to have full visibility of the production process, intervening when necessary with their expertise to improve the team delivery.
During the factory build and relocation, it was identified that our welding processes could be simplified and made more efficient. With the installation of new equipment, these changes have been implemented with great success, only furthering our capacity to expand into new markets within the lifting industry.
Investment in new project software has revolutionised our project management processes, which means we're able to provide an even more efficient service to our customers as we can turnaround projects quicker than ever before. For example in 2018, we had a 97 per cent on time delivery rate and this year we've exceeded 98.5%
Working on time-critical projects means that our customers are focussed on how quickly we can deliver as well as keeping within their budget. We supply most of our products in the UK by next day delivery, however when sending them overseas, we have to factor in the time taken to ship or airfreight our products. It is therefore critical that we prioritise robust productivity levels to keep the time to deliver a product to the minimum by reducing lead times.
So, what does the future look like for Modulift? With the continued growth we've seen in 2019, and our teams already working on orders for 2020, I would have to say things are looking great, and to be continued….. I'm looking forward to that.
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