Whitecroft Lighting has taken delivery of it’s new Trumpf TruPunch 5000 punching machine. The delivery was received at midday on Saturday 13th May and by 5pm that same day, the main part had been unloaded and put into place inside the factory. Completion of the assembly of the machine and commissioning is scheduled to take place during June.
This TruPunch 5000 is the second for Whitecroft, the first being installed towards the end of 2012. The new machine will be installed alongside the existing one utilising the same Stoppa material storage tower, allowing the two machines to work seamlessly together 24/7 in a fully automated running mode.
The new investment has been project managed by Cameron Baines who joined Whitecroft as an apprentice in 2011 aged just 16. This project demonstrates two great investment successes; not only the machinery investments, but also the very successful Apprenticeship Scheme driven by Robert Bates, our Operations Manager.
‘The team have done a fantastic job managing this latest investment. The new TruPunch 5000 is another important step in Whitecroft’s continual strategic factory investment plan, which not only focusses on cost reduction brought about by targeted automation; but also the increase in capacity to support growth, and the improved agility that comes with it to better support our sales force in providing the best possible service to our customers’, said David Trail, Whitecroft Lighting’s Operations Director.
Great people, great machinery.
Cameron Baines, Production Engineer (left) with Nick Hartigan, Senior CNC Programmer (right)
On Friday, 21st April Nigel Kilby, Managing Director, expressed his appreciation for the loyalty and long-time service of Michelle O’Brien, who reached the 25 year service milestone. This amazing landmark has been acknowledged with the presentation of a watch, certificate and flowers in front of her colleagues and management.
Michelle started her career in the Order Processing Department and over the years has been working in commercial support and quotations departments. Michelle comments on her continuous career at Whitecroft:
“It’s all about the business culture and the people at Whitecroft that make it a great place to work. I have made some good friendships over the years I have worked here.”
Thank you and congratulations on your wonderful years to the service!
January 2017 marked another year where long service employees received an award of recognition for their loyalty and hard work. The award ceremony took place at Whitecroft’s head office on Friday 13th January and congratulated 18 employees on reaching the 10 year service milestone and 1 member of staff on reaching an incredible 25 years with the business.
Amanda Wilde received her 25 year service award in front of her family and close work colleagues as did the following employees celebrating 10 years –
Michael Adjei, Tim Bowes, Andrew Dear, Carl Dodson, Jon Higginson, John Jones, Martin Kershaw, David Lever, Phillip Lever, Adam McDermott, Helen Mills, Darren Langlois, Phil Rollinson, Donna Savery, Tracy Shaw, Paul Taylor, Chris Valentine, Bernie Weston.
Well done to all!