Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance’s educational visits to leading local manufacturers continued with a visit of 28 members to the Flexitallic Ltd factory in Cleckheaton.
The hidden world of seals, and their importance in the safety of the world’s key industrial processes, such as oil refining and chemical processing, was shown at Flexitallic’s Academy of Joint Integrity, a unique facility with an international reputation.
The event, hosted by Managing Director Mark Horton, started with an explanation of the history of this market-leading manufacturer of industrial gaskets, in what was described as the ‘sealing valley’ around Cleckheaton.
The company’s plans to maintain and grow by implementing lean manufacturing at the site were explained and demonstrated.
The Alliance holds at least four events a year specifically focused for manufacturers and has hundreds of member organisations, ranging from Polyframe and Interface to HSBC and the University of Huddersfield.
Its steering group comprises of local business leaders and representatives from the local authorities together with experienced business support providers.
The aim of the organisation is to create opportunities, connect businesses and be the voice of manufacturing representing Calderdale and Kirklees.
Peter Catton, of the Alliance, said “This is yet another example of a local manufacturing business working extremely hard from senior management to the shop floor staff to make all their processes as streamlined and cost-effective as possible.
“The Academy gives a real insight into Flexitallic’s technical ability and the complexity of joint integrity.
“This is central to so many potentially dangerous applications around the world and yet something most of us rarely consider.
“The fact that their training is requested in places such as Saudi Arabia and New Zealand demonstrates they are global leaders in this field.
“This is good news for the Cleckheaton site as the technical hub for this international business.”