Gentex Europe’s Stranraer site has hosted a double presentation and announced hiring plans based on success delivered through the Sharing in Growth programme.
Firstly, Gentex were formally presented with a Sharing in Growth All STAR Award for their commitment to business transformation and secondly Gentex presented Scottish Enterprise with one of the first PF3000 industrial respirators units to come out of the production process.
STAR stands for Sharing Together Achieves Results and denotes how best practice is shared and recognised through events held by the SiG community. Gentex earned the award because they were selected to present a case study at the 2019 SiG best practice event.
The double presentation was attended by Finlay Carson MSP, Ross Colquhoun and Phil Robertson from Scottish Enterprise and SiG’s Gary Duncan and Steve Spencer. Gentex senior management were represented by Dustin Levy, VP Industrial Products from Carbondale USA, and Derek Sanders, Gentex Europe general manager.
Gary Duncan presented the All STAR award to Derek Sanders by for the transformation work carried out during 2017 and 2018 where the team focused on employee engagement and involvement in new product introduction, process improvement, supply chain management and improvement in getting products to market using advanced engineering techniques such as 3D modelling and printing.
As a result of this transformation, Gentex launched the PF3000 range of products from which a helmet unit was presented to Ross Colquhoun and Phil Robertson from Scottish Enterprise. The PF3000 was launched at November’s A + A Exhibition in Germany were customer feedback was very positive.
Said Reg Stewart, operations manager and site lead at Gentex in Stranraer: “Product build – including the new PF3000 – is ramping up and Gentex is actively looking to recruit to support this increase in production.”
Finlay Carson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, said: “It is fantastic to see the company go from strength to strength and a real pleasure to see first hand the improvements that have been made to this very special manufacturing unit. I welcome the announcement of more jobs for Gentex in Stranraer, it shows a real commitment to the town.”
Part of Gentex Corporation, a US based family business employing around 1200 staff worldwide, Gentex Europe’s headquarters are located in Letchworth Garden City with the principle manufacturing facility in Stranraer. Gentex’s principle activity is the design, manufacture, assembly and testing and marketing of protective headgear for military and civilian aircrew , the emergency and law enforcement services, together with respiratory equipment for use in a variety of industrial applications.
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