The UK site for technical insulation manufacturer Armacell has become the first in Europe to achieve the company’s World Class Manufacturing award - which includes environmental performance.
The 35,000 square metre Armacell UK site in Oldham is the first of Armacell’s five European manufacturing plants to receive its bronze award.
Established in 2013, the World Class Armacell Manufacturing (WAM) programme sets company-wide standards for manufacturing and operations, with the goal of achieving the highest possible quality standards combined with ultra-efficient production.
Annual audits are held at each of Armacell’s 25 production plants worldwide, with production teams marked on seven different technical pillars, covering issues such as safety, quality management, people development and environment.
The company’s environmental guidelines oblige all employees worldwide to “aim to protect the environment and conserve natural resources”, and all its European plants are ISO 14001 certified.
On the way to achieving the bronze award, Armacell UK went 1,589 days without a lost time accident (LTA) and improved its 5S lean manufacturing regime, as well as installing LED lighting and a recycling management system that recycles all production scrap into new product.
An update to the frontage of the building in 2017 also included the installation of new energy efficient windows, while a new loading bay and logistics warehouse are currently in development.
Tom McCreight, plant manager at Armacell UK, which employs 116 people, said: “The shop floor in particular is now a far safer and more pleasant working environment, barely recognisable from five years ago.
“Reaching the bronze manufacturing award has been extremely challenging and it is a huge achievement and a credit to the dedication and hard work of all the Oldham team to reach this landmark.”