Yorkshire-based electronics manufacturer, Contract Production Ltd, has recently recruited Andrew Chiles as their new Operations Manager. Andrew’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Contract Production, as continued growth and development continue to see the firm perform incredibly well. The shareholders have invested significantly in the business in the last year alone, which supported the purchase of new equipment and additional workspace to meet the growth and demands of the organisation.
Andrew brings with him 30 years of valuable knowledge and experience in the manufacturing industry. Starting from the shop floor, he worked up the ranks through technical, sales and operational roles. This provided him with a full and comprehensive understanding of the demands and requirements to make a successful manufacturing organisation. In his most recent role, Andrew served as Director at Cleveland Circuits for 11 years.
Contract Production’s Managing Director, Simon Norris, said he is delighted to have Andrew on-board and is excited to implement his new ideas. Simon added “Andrew is going to be a great addition to the team. His passion and excitement are really going to rejuvenate the business and help us discover the best working practices to benefit our team and most importantly, our valued customers”.
Emma Wrigglesworth, Contract Production’s Sales Manager, also welcomes the new appointment. She added “I think Andrew is going to be great in the role and I’m really confident in his skills and experience. We are now taking the steps to really expand our business, and he is certainly going to help lead the way. Andrew’s appointment and the year-long programme with Manufacturing Excellence will put us in a great position to secure our success moving forward.”
Andrew said he is delighted to be joining Contract Production in such a key role saying his primary objectives are “to employ the best practice internally and to invest in staff, equipment and resources to improve process efficiency, capacity and profitability”. He added “I will also be looking to expand operations into the new building that was purchased recently to allow us to continue to maximise future growth potential and to capitalise on external business opportunities.”
Away from the world of manufacturing, Andrew is a passionate photographer and uses a state-of-the-art drone to capture stunning aerial visuals of the local area. He is also a keen guitarist and enjoys plays music in his downtime.
Contract Production manufactures a range of sub-contract electronic products and printed circuit board assemblies for a wide variety of industries. This can be one-off runs, going up to volumes in their tens of thousands. Last year’s investment in the business resulted in the installation of the AM100 Panasonic Pick and Place line, enabling the firm to increase its output by up to 400%.
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As well as larger orders, Contract Production also produces one-off prototypes or low-rate production runs for clients – often hand-placed – for new products yet to go to market. These can be anything from GPS tracking devices to measurement instrumentation for deep-sea oil drilling rigs.