Since 1974 Beverston Engineering have been manufacturing safety critical components for the aerospace, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and nuclear industries
Based in Prescot, they have worked closely with Knowsley Council for several years plus many other companies including Rolls Royce, Collins Aerospace, Incora and ChargePoint Technology. Their engineering machine shop is over 16,000 square feet premises and they employ 40 engineering and support staff.
Over the past three years they have taken the step to digitalise their operations to improve efficiency and be able to manage their waste more effectively.
Beverston got advice on this digital process via the business support growth programme LCR 4.0, offered through Growth Platform. As a result they started a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Liverpool John Moores University by hiring a subsidised engineer to put in place a full digitalisation project specifically for Beverston.
Despite the loss of demand during pandemic, the company continued with their digital process and were also supported during this time with a Future Innovation Fund grant obtained with the help of Growth Platform.
The result of the KTP has meant they are able to measure their production effectiveness and have reduced by 20% their cost of downtime and waste. Going forward they are now in a position to integrate digital tools even further and are able to monitor in real time their processes which will help them in the reduction of their carbon footprint. They are also exploring how A.I could benefit the company.
Rod Wah, MD of Beverston Engineering said: “Working with Growth Platform gave us the confidence to get a graduate on board, and the financial support we received ensured the continuity of the project despite a huge loss of turnover. We are very grateful to everyone who supported us and introduced us to all the resources of the region, without their support, I am not sure we could have done what we have done so far.”