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.
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