Designed to support Houghton’s new, European-wide business development department and customer-centric initiative, Fluid Intelligence, the Lancashire-based facility is set to be the first in a series of European rollouts.
With consultation at the core of Houghton’s new initiative, the Fluid Intelligence Academy is designed to facilitate consultation sessions between clients and Fluid Intelligence specialists alongside their regional Houghton account manager.
Partnered with large group training association, Training 2000, the Fluid Intelligence Academy will also serve as a facility to train Houghton employees, clients and apprenticeship students with hands-on learning surrounding industry best practise, through an advanced training syllabus.
The news comes after former commercial & country director for the UK and Ireland, Lee Bowditch, was appointed EMEA business development director for Fluid Intelligence Solutions at the beginning of February.
“The Fluid Intelligence Academy will be pivotal in supporting the Fluid Intelligence initiative and accompanying department. This facility will play a key part in helping clients realise process enhancements through hands-on consultation, demonstration, trial and development,” Mr Bowditch explains.
“During times of economic uncertainty, it’s important for us to support our partner clients and their industries which means that we can help them prepare for what may come. The Fluid Intelligence Academy enables us to achieve this aim, as a dual-purpose facility that’ll help drive down manufacturers’ costs, whilst investing in the education of our future engineers to come.”
Located at the Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) in Blackburn, Lancashire, the facility will be available to new and existing Houghton customers for consultation sessions later this year.
The official launch took place on 20th March when Houghton held a closed-door event for key clients to gain insight on the Fluid Intelligence concept, and the benefits the Fluid Intelligence Academy has to offer.