Nordell visits China counterparts as part of manufacturing process expansion
Published: 2 April 2019 - Libby Stonell
Sussex-based Plastic Injection Moulding and Engineering company, Nordell, is unlocking its ambitions through a partnership with Nordell Xiamen, China. The management of the UK team has recently visited its China colleagues to discuss the expansion and diversification of its manufacturing processes. With Xiamen now home to a number of international hotel chains, as well as leading Chinese brands, the port city in southeast China's Fujian province continues to live up to its reputation as one of the best places to do business.
Nordell and the Xiamen team took this opportunity to share and expand on technical updates in support of UK-based clients, including in-depth discussions on the solutions and controls which can add continuity to both Nordell’s UK and China manufacturing sites. Faced with unprecedented political uncertainty, both teams were also keen to discuss how they will conduct future business and support one another particularly with NX work and NUK customers.
Sun Jian, Nordell’s Business Partner in Xiamen, has demonstrated a clear passion in automation and his ambitions have been reinforced with impressive site visits of Nordell Xiamen’s automation partners who are actively building time saving and quality enhancing assembly lines. This then removes the human error and influence over assembly time from monotonous high-volume product assembly.
The visit also coincided with the roll-out of Nordell’s levelling and demand led systems. Additionally, both teams collaborated and shared their vision for the future, their thoughts and recommendations on employee management, staff training, and general experiences of what’s worked on the factory floor both from a cultural and professional stand point.
Paul Mason, Nordell managing director, comments: “With Industry 4.0 fully immersed on most UK factory floors, it was important for both parties to embrace ideas and knowledge that we were both keen to share. At Nordell, we want to stay ahead of the Industry 4.0 curve, and we believe that a healthy relationship with our counterparts in what is now a thriving Xiamen is a vital piece of the jigsaw. Nordell Xiamen’s desire to manufacture under the same rigorous quality standard have only strengthened our resolve to fully integrate the China operation with the services the UK site offer. We are very much looking forward to implementing the systems and processes discussed in China to our UK HQ.”
The UK team from Nordell, which has more than 100 staff involved in manufacture both at home and in Xiamen, opened its China-base over 10 years ago. The UK team has grown significantly in the past 12 months with the recruitment of a Quality Development Engineer and a Moulding Development Engineer to support the growth of the business.