With a track record in innovation which exceeds 130 years and a long-standing commitment to developing market-leading solutions and excellent customer service, R&D is an essential part of our business. Below we highlight five key facts which you (probably) didn’t know about our R&D activities and in-house technical team.
21 Active Product Design Projects
As we ‘go to press’, Naylor Industries is currently implementing no less than 21 product design projects. With a focus on improving our product offering for customers and optimising manufacturing efficiencies, current projects range from simple tool redesigns through to the development of completely new product ranges to meet changing and future customer demands.
Naylor Industries’ commitment to finding new and innovative ways of manufacturing and working, is reflected in its continued investment in R&D. In the last five years alone, Naylor Industries has invested an average of £750k per annum in R&D activities.
As a ‘CO2nstruct Zero’ Business Champion and a socially responsible business, we’re focussed on the reduction of carbon emissions and the delivery of net zero in our business by 2050. Our technical team has a key role to play and is continually looking for ways to improve our environmental performance by reducing carbon emissions, minimising waste, increasing energy efficiency and switching to sustainable sources of energy.
Twice the size
In the last two years, our technical team has more than doubled in size. The team’s expansion has been driven by a need for increased capacity to keep pace with the growth of our business and the need to recruit specific and specialist expertise.
Every one of our 18-strong technical team is qualified to at least degree standard. In addition Masimba Chitakunye, our Senior Structural Engineer is well on the way to Chartership. This ensures they’re suitably qualified to develop the products and systems which our customers need in the short and long term as well as being able to provide market leading technical support and advice.
As a ‘CO2nstruct Zero’ Business Champion and a leading British manufacturer, Naylor Industries is committed to reducing our environmental impact. In our latest blog, Alex Farrer, Group HSE Officer explains how Naylor Industries’ aim to be a ‘net zero’ business by 2050.
Never before has there been as much focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the delivery of net zero – achieving an overall balance of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in an organisation’s operations. At Naylor Industries’ we care deeply about the environment and are continually striving to improve our environmental performance by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, minimising waste, increasing energy efficiency, using resources wisely and switching to more sustainable sources of energy.
Our Net Zero Strategy is a fundamental part of our overall business strategy and focusses on the six core areas of organisational commitment, quantification, targeting and implementation, monitoring, reporting and continual improvement.
- Organisational commitment. Every Director of Naylor Industries Plc has made a commitment to delivering net zero and has signed a pledge to implement specific principles that require them to: consider net zero when recruiting senior personnel; choose renewable, greener energy sources and whenever possible eliminate the use of fossil fuels; give consideration to energy efficiencies when reviewing property and also with the acquisition of new assets and maintenance requirements; ensure environmental training is delivered to employees, and to provide support to our environment, health and safety team as they continue to drive Naylor Industries’ journey to net zero.
- Quantification of greenhouse gas emissions. At Naylor Industries we are committed to annually measuring our carbon footprint and identifying the key areas for improvement. Our quantification process covers every Naylor Industries’ site and, reflecting our commitment to accountability, the results of our quantification process will be available externally as well as internally. Importantly, the process will be undertaken by an independent, external consultancy which will determine our annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. We are also committed to producing Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) reports on a four-year basis.
- Targeting and implementation. The key to the delivery of any greenhouse gas reduction target is action. Our actions will be informed by our annual evaluation and reporting process, backed by significant investments when required. As a long-standing industry innovator, we will strive to develop new ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our products and operations as well as adopting proven technologies.
- Monitoring. In addition to annual evaluations, ongoing monitoring and performance evaluation is now being conducted across every part of our business. This ensures that we can make continuous improvements to our environmental performance and ensure that the changes being made continue to deliver the required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions whilst remaining financially viable.
- At Naylor Industries we have a long-standing track record in continuous improvement and the development of industry innovations. A core part of this is the ability to not only record and note our successes but also to record and learn from our failures. In the next few weeks, our ‘Net Zero Annual Report’ will to be launched. The report details what has been implemented and achieved across each part of our business, which projects have been successful and which have not. We intend to share this knowledge with other companies to help accelerate the achievement of net zero by UK manufacturing industry.
- Continual improvement. Our process of measurement and evaluation will enable us to make ongoing and continuous improvements which will reduce greenhouse gases, improve the products and service we provide to our customers, and help improve our financial performance. By sharing what we learn, we also hope to inform improvements across the industry.
By following the principles outlined above our business has already made some significant changes. Underlining the importance we place on the delivery of net zero, we have recently recruited a dedicated Product Sustainability Engineer, Tevin McPherson, who will focus solely on establishing if and where we can change our product designs to minimise waste and reduce our use of raw materials. While at our Cawthorne plant, we have recently made a significant investment in the commission and installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant which enables the site to generate its own electricity and which, ultimately, may be converted to run on hydrogen.
If you would like to learn more about our activities and to join us on the journey to net zero, please visit our website www.naylor/co.uk/about/net-zero/. This year’s report will be available from mid-June.
This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 9-15 May 2022. At Naylor we have a team of Mental Health First Aiders who are a point of contact for any colleagues who are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress.
During the pandemic, we were unable to show people round our sites & we introduced the Naylor update video – a short news summary. We have decided to keep these going & the latest one includes footage of our Garforth & Gainsborough site extensions & recently acquired gland manufacturer D&B.
In our latest blog, we talked to Helen MacIntosh (Technical & Development Director for Naylor Industries Plc) about the company’s Technical Team and the support they provide for Naylor customers and businesses.
Helen, how large is the technical team?
Including myself, we employ 18 technical experts and have plans to recruit an apprentice this Autumn. Our team comprises our New Product Development Manager, Matthew, three New Product Development Engineers, our Lead Structural Engineer, Masimba, a Structural Engineer and a CAD Technician. Underlining our focus on stringent product testing, our technical development team also includes 10 colleagues who focus solely on quality and compliance. Our quality and compliance experts include Andrew who is our Group Quality and Compliance Manager, a Quality Assurance Manager, four Quality Engineers, a Concrete Technologist and a Lab Technician.
How experienced is the team?
Collectively the Naylor technical team has more than 250 years’ experience and includes three industry specialists in the areas of structural engineering, new product development and compliance. Excluding me, the most experienced member of our team is Andrew, our Group Quality and Compliance Manager. Andrew has previously worked for major construction products manufacturers and brings more than 30 years’ of experience in the industry. The team also comprises colleagues who have worked at Naylor for many years including our Quality Assurance Manager, Kirsty, who has worked with us for more than 11 years. Personally, I began my career as an apprentice more than 40 years’ ago and am proud to continue Naylor’s long-standing commitment to developing its people and to providing them with real opportunities to progress their careers within the Naylor business.
How does the team support Naylor Industries Plc and its customers?
Our primary areas of focus are new product development and the continuous improvement of existing Naylor products. Our technical team leads all research and development activities and enables Naylor businesses to provide customers with best-in-class products which have been subject to a stringent product certification and testing process. Our activities are driven by Naylor’s continued focus on innovation and its commitment to making significant and ongoing investment in R&D.
What’s your core priority as a team at the moment?
As a CO2nstruct Zero Business Champion, a core priority for us is to lead the industry in the development of low carbon products which help our customers deliver net zero. To help Naylor achieve its targets, we are currently exploring ways to re-engineer our products so they require less materials to manufacture and a higher percentage of the materials used are recyclable.
What makes working as part of the Naylor technical team so enjoyable?
No two days are ever the same. We all get to work on a diverse range of projects and I have the pleasure of working with a talented and dynamic team who are committed to driving innovation and industry best practice, and to supporting each other.
We were the proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise last year and we are equally proud to be taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy. Edward Naylor is planting a tree for the Jubilee in a specially commissioned Yorkshire Flowerpot.
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