Precision Micro opens a renovated factory after 2019…
In addition to the additional 10% increase in capacity, nine new processing machines were installed and a new quality center of excellence was established. The completion of the renovation also brought with it the possibility of further expansion, according to a press release.
It is worth mentioning that throughout this ordeal – from the time the fire broke out to the completion of the renovation – Precision Micro managed to maintain business continuity, even when the pandemic COVID-19 struck just months after the fire.
It was at the end of November 2019 that a fire broke out following an electrical failure. Although the fire was limited to just two production areas, these were unfortunately central to Precision Micro’s photochemical etching process.
Establishing continuity of supply after the incident was essential – the problem was that some specialist equipment had been damaged in the fire. Precision Micro immediately began recovery efforts, identifying what could be salvaged and developing a strategy to minimize disruptions in delivery to customers.
Key to this was – as the company states in the press release – the construction of two industrial annexes just weeks after the fire, in which machinery was moved to keep the business running.
“To be able to return to some kind of normalcy so soon after the fire shows how committed we are as a business to providing the best levels of service to our customers, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. by moving so quickly, we were able to maintain production, which allowed our customers to continue to rely on us, even in the most difficult times,” said Mick Taylor, commercial director of Precision Micro, in the press release. .
The actual, longer-term renovation of the site began in 2020, as the company began the process of rebuilding damaged areas and also taking steps to ensure the sustainability of the business. This whole project is the result of a £5.1 million investment in which Precision Micro has more or less reconfigured its processes. The company introduced more specialist machinery, increased plant space and incorporated additional fire mitigation initiatives.
All of this took place in the context of COVID-19, with the arrival of the lockdown in March 2020, which of course delayed, but did not stop, progress.
“Of course, we had to revise the timing of our recovery program, but we were determined not to let the pandemic affect our business when we had already made so much progress in the short time since the fire” , explains Mick Taylor in the press release.
Now, at the start of 2022, with the hurdles that followed the fire behind us – not to mention the pandemic – the company is opening the doors to its updated and improved operations in Birmingham.