Graham Jones MP has taken the opportunity to visit Pneumatrol Limited, the Lancashire-based specialist manufacturer of pneumatic control products for use within both hazardous and safe area environments. He was “very impressed” with its business strategy for growth and its investment in apprentices.
“I am pleased to see that Pneumatrol is growing into International markets, like China and Germany. This brings confidence to British engineering. It is great to see that Pneumatrol has a clear and strong strategy in business development,” said Mr. Jones.
Being in the pneumatic valves market for over 50 years, Pneumatrol is well known for its industry-leading products – its comprehensive range of solenoid valves come with an extensive range of approvals. Hazardous area solenoids are available with ATEX Category 1, 2 and 3 approvals, and further international hazardous area approvals include IEC, FM, UL, GOST-R and NEPSI.
As part of its human resources strategy, Pneumatrol is committed to offering engineering apprenticeships to school leavers from the local community. Working with Training 2000, each year Pneumatrol will appoint one apprentice. This 4-year apprenticeship scheme is composed of one year full time education and 3 years of mixed onsite training and college study. The scheme has been in place for more than 20 years and it proves to be a great success – currently there are 7 trained engineers who have come through this apprenticeship scheme, out of which three are first line managers. George Brankin, current apprentice has won three awards in different disciplines during 2013.
Jamie Dummer, Managing Director of Pneumatrol, commented: “It is a great pleasure to have Mr. Jones here and to be able to show him our business strategy, our commitment to Continuous Improvements and our investment in training. The government has emphasised the importance of manufacturing in rebalancing the UK economy. We’re proud that we continue to challenge our operations to drive accelerated sales growth.”