Newton, Europe's leading operational and financial improvement specialist, and WFEL, private equity owned world leader in tactical military bridging, today announced that they have successfully completed a project to increase order capacity without capital expenditure. The project, which formed part of WFEL's internal continuous improvement program, identified a 16% increase in productivity in 16 weeks, equating to GBP3,000,000 in freed up order capacity.

Since 1915, WFEL has led engineering innovation across the defence sector for both land and air based solutions. WFEL selected Newton to manage the project as a result of their commitment to Best Practice and innovative solutions. "With 10 years experience in transforming businesses, Newton identified several opportunities to improve manufacturing processes at WFEL" said Kevin Jones, Director at Newton. "Newton worked on the shop floor with WFEL area managers to implement a Build Plan Methodology to improve the flow of priorities, whilst also improving key operators' access to tools and services."

Newton's Build Plan Methodology was quickly deployed across the WFEL site. Almost immediately, the internal system highlighted discrepancies relating to the supply chain, which then were alleviated through revamping production scheduling bringing a consistent increase in WFEL's site productivity.

"Newton gave us the skills and information needed to take the sustained improvement and drive it on further" said Ian Wilson, Chief Executive at WFEL. "They took information from our labour and management systems and provided an easily accessible interface. This allowed us to make the right decisions at the right time without compromising performance." Adopting Newton's methodology on Build Plan has significantly increased the capacity, productivity and profitability at WFEL. "With a continuing increase in demand for tactical military bridges across the world, we are now in a position to take on more orders without affecting our productivity and the quality of our products" Ian Wilson, Chief Executive at WFEL.

About WFEL
WFEL is an established world leader in tactical military bridging, supplying 40 armed forces across the world for over four decades.

Our expertise - built on a century of engineering excellence and innovation - includes concept design, prototype manufacture and full scale production of a range of rapidly-deployable, modern bridging systems for use in military and disaster relief scenarios.

We also provide value-added inspection, repair and maintenance, spares and training services, both in the field and at our UK-based engineering site in Stockport, where we employ a team of 250 highly-skilled engineers and support staff. Our in-house research and development function enables WFEL to provide additional military-grade engineering solutions across the defence sector, including aeronautical and vehicular equipment.

We are a prime contractor to the UK Ministry of Defence and operate a global sales network working directly with international governments and Non-Governmental Organisations.

WFEL is backed by Dunedin Capital Partners and have global turnover of GBP29.6 million

About Newton
Newton is the leading operational and financial improvement specialist in Europe. Founded in 2001 by a group of highly qualified and experienced engineers, the company's objective is straightforward: to deliver performance improvement of 10% - 50% in any client's operations and supply chain without incurring capital expenditure.

From its roots in manufacturing, Newton applies its unique engineering based approach across a wide range of industry sectors, working in areas as diverse as aerospace, automotive, defence, food & drink and healthcare, from the factory floor to design offices and throughout the supply chain.

Newton are not management consultants, they do not focus on strategy, re-structuring or re-organisation - their focus is on identifying and resolving the issues that limit performance, to deliver a tangible and measurable improvement, backed by Newton's guarantee "no results, no fee".

Newton has a substantial proven track record and has worked with many forward thinking organisations including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, VT Group, Nissan, Kerry Foods, British Airways and the NHS.

For more details on how Newton can benefit your organisation, please call us on: +44(0)1684-576477 or visit
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