If there’s one approach that epitomises Autac it’s teamwork. As a small business, building long-standing relationships with our customers, suppliers and the wider world of manufacturing comes naturally to us. Joining forces with other businesses helps us all to achieve something much greater than working independently.
Here’s just some of the ways we’ve nurtured our ‘stronger together’ ethos during 2020:
Operating through COVID-19
Zero issues with our supply chain. Speedy adaptation to safe Covid-19 working practices and split shifts. All cables delivered on time, every time. We’re justifiably proud the values that have been the cornerstone of our family business over three generations – Quality; Innovation; Solutions Driven; and Customer Service – remain unchallenged by the pandemic.
Launch of our Official Parts Supplier Programme
We launched our Autac’s Official Parts Supplier Programme in October to recognise the importance of our relationship with resellers and wholesalers across the world of cable.
Help from our resellers and wholesalers in building Autac brand awareness brings them the benefits of interest in their business, more sales and an improved bottom line. In turn, Autac is able to invest more in its R&D which provides resellers and wholesalers with even more cutting edge products and competitive edge.
Preparing for new global relationships
Being agile and responsive to changing market conditions of course are qualities that we can also apply to the coming months as the UK departs from the EU.
Added to that, we’re firm believers in quality over price. That’s why we support the British supply chain through our commitment to Made in Britain. Our membership of this best-in-class group continues to be hugely important to us, particularly all it brings in terms of the highest levels of craftmanship.
We have everything in place for 1 January and are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities that our new global trading relationships offer. We’re looking forward to supporting our customers on that journey…
Contributing to ISO
Along with our long-standing ISO 9001/2015 quality accreditation, we are active members of the ISO community. Our Technical Director, Simon Pearce, has acted as convener of ISO’s working group on connecting cables for towed and towing vehicles for some two years. It’s our expertise in plugs, sockets, wire, cable and connectors that makes us ideally placed to engage through ISO on the subjects that matter most to our industry.
We were delighted to play host in February when Susumu Akiyama, SC32 committee convenor, attended Autac’s Macclesfield site with two other colleagues from the Denso Corporation. With some 80,000 employees worldwide, this Japanese business is considered to be a powerhouse in automotive technology power.
Along with other SME manufacturing businesses across the industrial heartlands of the North of England and North Wales, Autac is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance. Over the last two years of membership, it has benefited from the relationships that come from sharing the best of business ideas and practice.
The support of this membership body was brought into sharp focus this year as small businesses fought to keep their productions going and unaffected by the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis. It was a tremendous accolade therefore when Autac received recognition of its efforts from Gary Sheader, Founder of the Manufacturers Alliance. Gary commented,
“I take my hat off to humble business leaders like Dave Lowe, who have been working tirelessly to keep the UK economy in the best possible state for recovery. He has been a member of one of our peer groups for a couple of years now, and has been the epitome of what a great member looks like for us: always going the extra mile to support others, keen to learn and grow as a person, and super ambitious.”