Derby-based Acres Engineering has begun a collaboration with global specialist engineering services business tpgroup plc because it continues to invest in its Manufacturing Facility in Portsmouth.

tpgroup is a leader in consulting, digital solutions and engineering services over the full lifecycle of defence, space and energy programmes, employing approximately 450 people in six countries, with customers around the world. It works with governments, institutions and leading commercial businesses and recently acquired Osprey Consulting Services Ltd.

The two engineering firms met in a ‘Make UK’ National Manufacturing Conference working in london and began dialogue over the way they could work together to help drive the culture of innovation at the Portsmouth site.

Acres has already created bespoke step ladders to improve health and safety in their stores area, on the Lean Manufacturing shop floor, a bespoke pipe rack to enhance efficiency and safe storage and bespoke stillages for safe and efficient transportation of products.

The latest project will see Acres create and use a 7.5 tonnes powder-coated gantry crane at the facility to help boost site capability whilst maintaining the greatest standards of health and safety.

Luke Parker, Md at Acres Engineering, says: “We are very proud to be working so closely having a globally recognised engineering specialist because they continuously improve this incredible facility.

“They have an incredible focus on ensuring that everything is carried out in the safest and many efficient manner possible and are leading by example in the industry. It is great to be a thing about this journey.”

Andy Dou is Head of Operations at TP Group – Portsmouth, he adds: “In Luke I could see that he and Acres intuitively understood the culture that we are striving for and wanted to work with us on our improvement projects at our site.

“We are working very hard to lead the sector and having us and Acres working collaboratively, is a huge asset to us, as we make an effort to create a truly cutting-edge facility within Portsmouth.”

A spokesperson from Make UK said: “We’re delighted to see such a positive example of collaboration between two such dynamic companies. Innovation happens to be critical to the success of manufacturing so that as we emerge from the current crisis it is going to become even more so – examples similar to this demonstrate clearly the way forward for the sector.”

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