eye-Q November 2014

Mark_Ecob_-_November_2014Argus Fluidhandling Ltd’s eye-Q winner for November
2014 wasMark Ecob of Operations. This is Mark’s second eye-Q recognition award. Mark closed off 6 eye-Q themes during November including improvements to logistics, 5S and manufacturing efficiency. A great effort.

Employee Engagement Concept

Phil Small Manufacturing Team Leader took the Ice bucket challenge with a difference to raise money for Children in Need , team mates from his section were invited to pour a substance of their choice over his head and his colleagues and friends were invited to sponsor him.

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eye-Q October 2014

eye-Q: October 2014Congratulations to Rob Stafford winner of the Argus Fluidhandling Ltd eye-Q award for October 2014. Rob’s theme combined with his determination, teamwork and drive has further improved the safety, comfort and processing effectiveness within the acid wash area of the business”.

eye-Q September 2014

Argus Fluidhandling Ltd eye-Q result September 2014Mark completed 3 separate eye-Q improvement themes during September 2014 including health, safety and environment themes and a manufacturing efficiency theme that reduced machine model changes and set-up times by 90%!, a great effort and a fantastic result. Well done Mark.

eye-Q August 2014

Mike MaidmentCongratulations to Mike Maidment winner of the first monthly Argus Fluidhandling Ltd ‘eye-Q’ award for improvement and innovation within the business.

Mike received a certificate of recognition from Managing Director Rob Bird and a prize fund of £200 for his efforts and contribution.


The Cotswold Plod Fundraiser

A Team from the Argus Salisbury location took part in the Cotswold Plod on the 7th of June to raise money for Action Medical Research who specialise in Childrens Medical Research The Team comprising of Jordan Lewis , Tom Wilkes , Kevin Evans , Lee Roberts and Kevin Burrows joined 31 other teams of walkers starting out at midnight from Dursley Sports Centre and finishing at Cleeve Hill Golf Club just outside Cheltenham at 5.00pm the next day.

The course spans a total of forty gruelling miles through rough Cotswold terrain and is one of the toughest endurance challenges you can take part in.

Kevin Burrows the Sales Director at Salisbury and the teams support driver for the event said ” This is a massive achievment by the team , none of them had ever taken part in this kind of challenge before and no amount of training could totally prepare you for this event , they fought through the mental doubts and physical pain barriers to finish the course in 17 hours and crossed the line as a team. The team spirit was fantastic and when each member went through their own tough stages the others kept them going and helped them to push through the pain”

The Team raised in excess of £1500 for the Charity and would like to thank everyone who supported them.

New jobs following investment

A Sunderland based manufacturing company has invested over £500,000 in new machinery and technology  after winning major new export contracts and is now recruiting up to an addition ten personnel to support this new business stream.

Argus Powerbend’s bulging order book includes work with customers across Europe, Brazil and India, together with global companies such as Caterpillar, JCB, Johnson Controls and John Deere.

Argus are a tube manipulation and fabrication company, end products include hydraulic pipelines, car seat components, medical equipment and structural parts for tractors, trucks and construction machines.

The company, through its customer Johnson Controls, supplies tubular components to the Nissan Car Plant in Sunderland and has been awarded contracts on new models due to commence production in August .

Through John Deere, Argus has won new contracts with Dura Automotive Systems in Germany, who manufacture joysticks and levers for forestry machinery , Argus are utilising their  laser-cutting expertise to produce the tubular sections required for these complex components.

Johan Swanepoel, quality engineering director at Argus Powerbend, says that 2013 has been a fantastic year for the company so far. “January and February were exceptionally good, and it has been even busier in March and April,we have secured  new orders from customers in addition to our existing contracts, this is excellent news and means that we are now looking to expand our current workforce to meet the increased demand.”

Established in 1978 as Dunlop Powerbend the company was purchased by an internal management team in 2005 changing its name to Argus Powerbend in 2008.

Sunderland City Council has advised and assisted the company for many years. Mr Swanepoel said: “The City Council Business Investment team has been very supportive. They’ve helped us with property and lease issues over the years, identifying possible new premises for us, and supported us in helping to bring new investment to the company. “

Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council said: “Argus is a great example of why this region leads the UK in exports. The company’s manufacturing expertise and its ability to win new contracts including Brazil and India has seen the Argus’ customer base grow. Argus is now working with world-leading companies and bringing new investment and jobs to Sunderland. We’re delighted to be able to support Argus in its plans for the future.”

Johan Swanepoel praised the remarkable workforce at Sunderland. He said: “The workforce here is incredible, during 2008 when we were all feeling the pain of recession, the workforce fully supported the management team contributing with a 3 day working week to protect core skills throughout the factory and offices.

We have grown year on year since then through a big export drive and winning customers such as Caterpillar Brazil, JCB and Nissan replacement models.

Mr Swanepoel said that Rob Bird the companies Managing Director  based at the company’s head office in Salisbury, has been fully supportive of the major investment in equipment at Sunderland.  “Rob Bird has actively taken our business drive forward, this positive approach has been invaluable”.

“We aspire to be the preferred supplier to our key customers and aim to do this by focusing on the customers needs through production efficiency, global sourcing, training and most importantly enjoying the job,” he said.

Further information from Christine Holland, Holland PR & Marketing Ltd. Tel 01670 790246 or 07711 698246.

Perkins Supplier Awards

Argus Fluidhandling Ltd have received an award from Perkins Engines Peterborough for exceptional supplier performance in the final quarter of 2011

With Perkins volumes reaching an all time high and material on time delivery vital to Perkins, Argus Fluidhandling Ltd achieved 100% delivery schedule adherence during the period.

Rob Bird Managing Director at Argus Fluidhandling Ltd received the award during a visit from Steven Fidler Supplier Performance Engineer Perkins Engines Ltd.

Rob commented “ I am extremely proud of the team at Argus Fluidhandling Ltd headed by Guy Green Operations Director and the commitment and determination they have shown to make this happen,our relationship with Perkins Engines Ltd is stronger than ever as a result”

Steven Fidler commented “ Argus Fluidhandling Ltd have shown that with commitment and focus anything is possible, doing what it takes to ensure a stronger relationship between Argus & Perkins for now and the future”

Fond farewell to Tony

Hiflex-Europe say farewell to a loyal worker who is leaving after nearly 50 years.

Tony Williams, 64, started working for Argus Fluid Handling on December 31, 1962, and apart from a five-month break, he has worked there ever since.

His work at the company, which makes hydraulic equipment, began in the transport section and he fondly remembers using a trade bicycle to transport parts from the factory in Telford Road.

He says he has seen the company develop over the years and he was involved with the purchasing of the first computerised machine.

“When I first started it was very longwinded, now it’s very user-friendly so some of the skills are not required,” he said.

“I like all aspects of it really. I enjoyed my involvement with quoting for the job then seeing the parts made and going out of the door.

“It’s the people that work here that I’ll miss most though; they make it a nice place to work.”

Mr Williams retired on Thursday and he is looking forward to having more time to play golf