Additional Investment at PPS
Wed 1st September 2021
We are pleased to announce we have ordered a new dull and satin sheet polishing line.
This comes just two years after PPS took ownership of new extraction equipment, pick and place systems and two Autopilot PHA bright polishers with automated handling, acquisitions that were only operational for six months before Covid-19 struck.
“Anyone in the world will touch up to 30 things we have polished every day – not bad for a small manufacturer based in West Bromwich is it?” explained Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director of PPS.
“Like many manufacturers, we’ve had to withstand some tough times over the last eighteen months, but the recovery is now back on and we’re trying to put in place the technology we need to meet escalating demand from pretty much every sector, including automotive, construction, food and drink, nuclear and leisure.
“In the early days of the lockdown, we furloughed everyone except my two senior managers and myself, who moved to the shopfloor to ensure work for the medical sector was completed. Before long we had to call staff back, as we were polishing steel that was going into ventilator stands and the big vats that were helping to develop the vaccines.”
Professional Polishing Services offer a bespoke stainless steel and non-ferrous polishing service to a client base that spans the world, with its efforts seen as far afield as Hong Kong and Australia.
The company’s reputation for quality – all processes are governed by ISO 9001:2015 – and its commitment to fast lead times has seen it grow sales by £500,000 in the last twelve months.
Its strategy focuses on combining investment in the best equipment and the best people with a desire to tap into the knowledge of local Universities, already taking on two interns from WMG to improve manufacturing efficiencies and process flow.
Kirsty continued: “There are plenty of challenges in manufacturing, but I think we are all really pleased with how the economy appears to be bouncing back and we want to make sure we play our role in the recovery.
“The latest investment will give us capacity to take on new work and deliver faster lead times, yet it isn’t the end of our spending. I’ve already got my eye on another two machines, which would be UK firsts for the polishing sector.”