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The Abbey Group – CONTINUING INVESTMENTS

Our continuing Capital Investment program, which sees us re-investing in the business year on year, includes the following plant and equipment, focused initially on expanding the offering from our powder coating facility.

Future investment plans

We have further plans for the future and we are actively working with a number of manufacturers towards our next big investment. By the end of Q1 2017 we will have a new 6 kw Fibre Laser with a 4M X 2M cutting bed. Further updates will be given when the new machine is commissioned.

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The Abbey Group – DELIVERY

We are now beginning to fully reap the benefits of our investment in a full MRP system, Aventa, which meets Aerospace and Nuclear standards. This system was installed 2 years ago and we have been learning about its capabilities ever since. We are using the data generated within the system to make better, more informed decisions about our lead times and manufacturing capabilities, and we are improving our internal reporting on a weekly basis.

To ensure that we have a keen focus on meeting our promised delivery dates, we have now assigned an External Sales Account Manager, Internal Sales Account Manager and a Production Management representative to every customer. From the data contained in our MRP system, there is a daily review meeting for each of the teams to check on progress of all orders. By using this centralised data, linked to live job cards on the shop floor, we are able to accurately track the progress of all orders at all times.

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The Abbey Group – QUALITY

From your first contact with The Abbey Group, you can be assured that our systems and processes are geared up to providing you with Quality Assured Products which conform with your requirements. We have recently promoted from within and have a dedicated Quality Manager, Dave Colburn, who is a qualified RWC (Responsible Welding Coordinator), and is responsible for managing our ISO 9001 Quality Assurance system and our BS EN 1090 CE Marked, structural steel production to Execution Class 2.

To improve our internal processes on quality, we have fully reviewed all of our shop floor based inspection methods and, within the last 3 months, have put new Control Plans in to operation on each and every workstation. The result of the control plans is that we are confident that we will capture any issues on our shop floor, preventing non-conforming parts getting to our customers. This also aids the learning process for our Operators, as people have more responsibility and accountability, and we are seeing an improvement in every department as people strive to ensure that they are making product right first time.

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The Abbey Group – ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

2016 has been a challenging yet exciting year for The Abbey Group, as we continue with our Capital Investment Programme and Operational Improvements throughout the business.

We have very recently streamlined and reorganised our Sales and Manufacturing teams with the sole purpose of providing a better service to our customers. As a result of our recent changes, we have a more cohesive and focused team who are all pulling in the same direction to provide excellent customer service. Our full organisation chart is attached to this document showing all key personnel within the business.

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