Abingdon based Oxford Engineering was established in 1968. Sales of over £9 million are achieved, employing around 100 personnel and providing a contract manufacturing service involving machining, welding, assembly and test of electromechanical products.
Since the 1980s the company has built a culture of employee empowerment, total quality, Kaizen and in the last 5 years, has been at the forefront of "lean" techniques. This was acknowledged by Trade and Industry Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, when she launched the Manufacturing Advisory Service at the companies UK plant in 2003.
However, World Class Customers demand World Class suppliers, and global sourcing is bringing greater pressures on the UK than even the best savings that "lean" can supply. Oxford Engineering¿s answer is "lean in Estonia", a wholly owned subsidiary with a highly skilled labour force, proven infrastructure and only 4 days transport from the UK.
This exceptional combination, is growing in popularity with the companys client base, because it yields similar savings to other overseas, low cost sources, without adding leadtime, and all the risk to the client are removed, through Oxford Engineering ensuring total reliability in quality, logistics and communication. Customers needs are also satisfied by the combination of services offered direct from the main UK HQ in Abingdon which has 45,000 square feet of manufacturing facility equipped with the very latest multi axis CNC machining centres, welding equipment, clean assembly area, test facilities, supply chain management team and established suite of approved UK suppliers to compliment its own capabilities.
The corporate plan is to continue in its track record of 20% growth by encouraging new business from both new and existing customers. A partnership style relationship is sought, which is aimed at driving down total cost, to achieve real competitive advantage for the customer in their market place.