Businesses from across the region were recently invited to have a behind-the-scenes tour at lift and stairlift company Stannah, as part of a pioneering Test Valley Borough Council initiative. Representatives from across industry and government were invited to visit three of Stannah’s sites in Andover, to learn more about the company and its operations. The day included a talk by the process engineering team on improvement and sustainability; a guided tour of the factory floor; and a visit to Stannah’s special expo hub, for a look at the company’s latest innovations and developments.
The event was arranged by ‘Manufactured in Andover’, an initiative supported by Test Valley Borough Council and EM3 Growth Hub that aims to bring local companies together, to share best practice and boost performance. David Drew, economic development & tourism portfolio holder at the council, explains: “When it comes to manufacturing, Andover and the Test Valley area boasts a rich and diverse mix of organisations. Through the Manufactured in Andover group, we are aiming to bring this community together, in a way that will help further enhance their achievements.”
As well as a representative from the Department for Trade & Industry, companies attending the event included EEF, MRT Castings, Vitacress, Shenton Group, Haworth Castings, BP Rolls and Custom Interconnect.
Stannah is one of Britain’s leading engineering companies. It remains an independent, family owned and run firm today. From its base in Andover, the company designs, manufactures and installs lifts and stairlifts, with customers based across the world.