MAS gives sling manufacturer a lift

-Silvalea, a Devon company specialising in the design and manufacture of slings for patient moving and transfer, claims that the implementation of  new environmental and manufacturing systems has helped it boost exports and achieve a 10% increase in market share.

Managing director Pauline Guilfoyle said the Newton Abbot-based firm had noticed that distribution channels were growing around the world as the healthcare industry sought solutions to meet patients’ sling transfer needs. “It was clear we needed to focus our attention on this increased demand and grow the businesses,” she continued. “We also wanted to address our environmental impact and understand how we could improve and manage our resources more efficiently.”

Silvalea, which has 55 employees and an annual turnover of around £3m, worked in collaboration the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) to identify manufacturing and admin procedures in need of updating to meet its growth targets.

MAS Advisor Phil Halse (pictured right with Silvalea operations director Gary Bevan) said Silvalea had the vision and ambition to grow while MAS was able to provide insight to the company’s wider operational needs.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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