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Spooner Industries Ltd News and PR from Spooner Industries Ltd - Published 20 April 2015 Visit of the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Chancellor, George Osborne to Spooner Industries.
The visit of Prime Minster, David Cameron and Chancellor, George Osborne to Spooner Industries in Ilkley last week, certainly will be a day to remember for many at the manufacturing and engineering firm. Their visit included meeting the Directors and a comprehensive tour of the offices and factory floor in the wake of a buoyant order book and continued year-on-year growth for the innovative and technologically-led company.
One focus of the visit was the Spooner Apprentices. With an astonishing 40% of the workforce (64 personnel) having started at Spooner Industries either as Apprentices or Graduate Trainees, the company’s long term commitment to training is apparent. These figures include many long service employees, including two who have completed over 50 years’ service, which ensures unique skills sets are safeguarded for the future.
Having chatted to the apprentices encouraging a raft of selfie shots, the Prime Minster and Chancellor then went on to try out metal folding on the new CNC press, one of the many technological requirements for the manufacture of a Spooner oven. Andy Carlton, pictured here giving David Cameron a helping hand, said the Prime Minster was interested to hear about working hours and shift patterns. Spooner is currently running day and night shifts in the factory to fulfil existing orders, and the need for expansion both in terms of the workforce and the building footprint is now urgent.
The record level of sales and particularly exports that Spooner is enjoying was another topic that drew the visitors’ attention. Of the £30m forecasted turnover, 70% of this total will be for export sales to countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and USA, as well as the EU. Raising the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, particularly in the Eurozone, the Prime Minister was interested to hear how these challenges could be overcome.
He was also fascinated to understand the logistical challenges of transporting and exporting huge pieces of industrial plant and machinery. The largest single export Spooner has made was to California in 2010. Delivered in 3 sections, once export packed, each section measured 11.5m long x 5.6m wide x 3.2m high. Teams of Spooner engineers are deployed to customer sites worldwide to receive the deliveries, unpack, install and commission the equipment, ensuring the machinery is set up correctly and that process performance criteria is met. Client machine operator and maintenance personnel training is also delivered during the commissioning and start-up phases of each project.
Commenting on his visit, Mr Cameron said:
“Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this Government is trying to get behind.”
“Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this Government is trying to get behind.”

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