ATP Industries Group to welcome HRH Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, to their Cannock remanufacturing site
On Thursday 12th November 2015, ATP’s Chairman Alan Smart played host to a visit by HRH Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent to their facilities in Cannock, Staffordshire.
The visit recognises the significant innovations in remanufacturing demonstrated by ATP which in turn has led to a number of business awards, including the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year 2015 and a short listing for a 2016 Queen’s Award in the Innovation Category.
As a result of this innovation, ATP who also has facilities in Guangzhou China and Ann Arbor in the USA, has seen a number of new, skilled jobs created as well as a rising order book and is investing heavily in new capital equipment, all of which bodes well for the future.
As part of the tour, the Duke saw the before and after condition of a range of remanufactured products and also tried his hand at assembling a gearbox before going on to view the in house designed test beds used to prove the product quality.
The Duke was also introduced to key ATP customers, guests and members of staff and he concluded the visit to ATP by unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion in front of the assembled work force and guests.
Chairman Alan Smart commented, “ In the last 12 months we have hosted visits from many important customers and having George Osborne come to see us whilst on the election campaign trail in support of Amanda Milling was a surprise, however to be honoured with a visit from HRH the Duke of Kent I think is the highlight for me”.
It recognises the effort the entire workforce puts into maintaining ATP’s position as an acknowledged, independent transmission and drive-line remanufacturer.
Invited guests included some of ATP’s valued customers from the automotive and off-highway sectors, such as Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and JCB.
The event was also attended by Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase, the Chair of Staffordshire County Council, Janet Eagland, Ian Dudson the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, and Prof. Alan Howell from the Staffordshire University alongside other invited guests.