The company is looking to tap into the opportunities presented by industrial digitisation, as it looks to grow its market share across medical and consumer healthcare. Lambert employs 170 people at its facility in Tadcaster.
With such ambitious growth plans in place, the company has made two senior appointments to help it achieve its objectives, with Mike Lewis joining the Board of Directors as head of innovation and Sean Lynch becoming associate projects director.
Mr Lewis, who joined in 2011 and is one of Hennik’s Manufacturing Top 100 Champions, will take complete ownership of the firm’s product and process innovation going forward, identifying opportunities where automation can deliver improvements in productivity for its global customer base.
“We will invest over £500,000 into our product and service offering in 2019 and this will position us at the forefront of leading technologies in our marketplace,” commented Warren Limbert, managing director.
“In order to make the most of this financial commitment, it is absolutely critical that we have clear leadership and the appointments of Mike and Sean reflect this. Both of them have excelled in their respective fields and have a track-record of delivering on key projects, not to mention sharing the company values for innovation and best practice.”
He added: “Industry 4.0 has gone beyond a subject and a buzz word; it is now a reality with both our products and how we service the customer after delivery.”
Innovation director Mike Lewis, who was recently invited to join the Government’s Made Smarter Commission, added: “Many of our clients are developing their own digitisation roadmaps, which will define investment into how their factories and plant will develop and become connected as one.
“My role will be to ensure our team are ahead of these strategies and drive automation so that the product we manufacture today is what the market will need in five years’ time. If we get it right, we’ll be able to unlock technology and data that will increase flexibility, productivity and product configuration – all within a secure environment.”
Mr Lynch has led the Programme Management team at Lambert during the last 12 months and has impressed alongside his team with the delivery of a number of critical projects.
The associate projects director role will see him take on further responsibilities connected to the firm’s ‘cradle to grave’ approach, ensuring the Yorkshire manufacturer provides ‘lifetime’ service support for its customers through dedicated aftercare
“My role at Lambert has always been to ensure our customer comes first and that the service we provide is everything they will ultimately need. It was a natural transition for Aftercare to also come under my leadership and I am looking forward to working closer with our Aftercare Manager and the team so that we understand how our support services need to develop and innovate over the coming years,” explained Sean.
“Our thinking around Aftercare also needs to be world class so that we are helping our customers maintain industry leading productivity across the 20 to 30-year life of their asset and investment.”
Warren concluded: “Vision 2025 is ambitious, but one that we know we are more than capable of reaching. We are pushing aside the uncertainty around Brexit to focus on the things we do best and putting in place the skills and leadership needed to continue to deliver industry leading automation.”
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