Sharing in Growth beneficiaries Poeton Industries held a customer open day to showcase their improved thermal spray capabilities. The Gloucester-based surface engineering specialists invited a host of customers to join them as they presented their journey of improvement including a tour of the newly revamped facility.
Chairman, Anthony Poeton, opened the event by reflecting on the history of the thermal spray facility. Anthony described how the building was originally used to process Formula 1 engine components before being converted into a thermal spray centre after a change in F1 regulations.
Conservative candidate for Gloucester, and champion of business within the region, Richard Graham, was welcomed to address the audience. He began by praising the work of all Gloucestershire businesses within the UK aerospace industry before specifically paying tribute to the growth and innovation he has seen at Poeton since first visiting over 10 years ago.
The event allowed the Poeton thermal spray team to display the improvement journey the division has been on this year, through the implementation of their Sharing in Growth supported Lighthouse activity. Over 25 customers were in attendance, including from Rolls-Royce and Safran, and able to witness how the facility has been transformed. The building layout has been redesigned to better utilise the space, lean manufacturing techniques have been implemented and equipment upgraded to ensure Poeton can offer world class levels of quality and service.
Sean Hammond, Group Director of Sales & Marketing, commented “The open day provided a fantastic opportunity to show off our thermal spray division. We are proud to now offer a truly world class facility that is backed up by an expert team of operators, technical engineers and customer service co-ordinators. Poeton have never been in a better position to satisfy the thermal spray demands of our customers.”
Thermal spray is seen as a growth area, with an increasing number of manufacturers employing it as a key surface treatment option. Not only is it seen as a long-term replacement for chrome plating in the aerospace sector, it is also utilised within food production, packaging and medical industries to improve wear and corrosion characteristics.
Sean added, “the thermal spray division’s investment is already reaping benefits for our customers, with lead times being halved and on-time-delivery above target level. The future is looking positive with thermal spray playing a key part in the continued success of Poeton.”