Lambert, a provider of automation systems, equipment engineering and precision components, has seen annual sales rise to a record £22.6 million, with 80% of equipment built now exported to key strategic customers in Europe, North America, South America and the rest of the world.
It has enjoyed particular growth in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and medical markets, where the company’s new cloud-based ‘Omni Feeder’ technology has been fundamental in securing new contracts.
Bosses made the announcement during the EEF-backed event held at its Tadcaster headquarters, which provided over 80 delegates with an insight into the growing impact of Industry 4.0.
Mike Lewis, associate sales director at Lambert, said: “2016 was all about investment in our people and new technologies that will continue to give us a competitive advantage over our rivals. The good news is it appears to be a formula that is working, with more than £4 million of new sales already delivered in the first quarter of 2017 However, you can’t stand still in what we do and similar levels of investment have been directed into ensuring we are at the forefront of cloud-based automation and cyber physical connectivity.”
He continued: “The consumers desire to personalise and constantly refresh their purchases is driving manufacturers to request automation solutions that are suited to provide lower batch sizes and to be configurable with zero downtime. There is also a growing demand for higher productivity that means an ever increasing need to have real time performance data in various locations.”
Lambert was chosen by the EEF to host its latest Manufacturing Connect event on exploring the Industry 4.0.
Keynote speeches from Mike Lewis, Martin Strutt (EEF consultancy director), Nick Hussey (Hennik Group) and Warren Harvard (Festo GB) discussed the practices and solutions companies are adopting to optimise their operations and improve connectivity.
There were also demonstrations from technology experts Balluff, Rockwell Automation, Staubli and Festo GB, not to mention a guided tour of the company’s impressive facility in the heart of Tadcaster.