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MAN (Manufacturing Assembly Network) is a collaboration of complementary UK manufacturers and provides a single source engineering and manufacturing solution for customers involved in numerous industry sectors.

By combining world class expertise in every manufacturing discipline imaginable, MAN has a proven track record of helping its clients reduce costs, bring new products to market and offer security of supply.

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The Group at a glance

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8 specialist manufacturers, 1 engineering design agency and the knowledge transfer of WMG

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15 factories across three continents

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1,750+ skilled employees

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£5m annual spend on new technology

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Award-winning exports, with international sales heading to 35 countries

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10 quality approvals, inc. IATF 16949, UL508, AS9100 and ISO 14001

A brief history

In 2006, when the MAN Group was founded, UK manufacturing was suffering from the collapse of major manufacturers, including MG Rover, Peugeot’s Ryton Plant and Agco.

It was impeded by a lack of Government support and faced with increasing commercial pressures from low-cost rivals in Eastern Europe, the Far East and sub-continent.

The industry was lacking ambition and confidence. Founding members of the group had a common interest in tackling these notions and believed the answers lay within a collaborative approach.

Today, the group is collaborating to:

Increase capability
Retain existing work
Win new orders
Create added value
Offer single source manufacturing
Introduce collective marketing
Bring innovative products to market

Ideally placed to support reshoring activities

The MAN Group is fully behind the growing desire to reshore, actively promoting it and exploring where it can deliver new competitive advantage.

Many OEMs have been stung by extended supply chains and damaging interruptions since the Covid-19 pandemic, and those in the UK are now feeling reticent to place work overseas.

MAN believe that the distinctive qualities of collaboration are key to making a success of reshoring activities, seeing first-hand just how powerful bringing the best of UK manufacturing, innovation, academia and various levels of the supply chain together can be.

New products to market

MAN’s wide and varied range of engineering capabilities and design expertise provides the perfect ingredients for companies and inventors looking to bring new products to market.

MAN can get involved in the early stages of an idea or pick up a design and manufacture it in the most cost-effective way possible, often succeeding where other companies have failed.

Customers can use one, two, three or all nine Manufacturing Assembly Network members depending on the scale of the brief and, the real beauty of what the group offer, is that it can add in new specialisms when required.

This means clients can access electronics, pressings, CNC machining, casting, injection moulding, forgings and a host of world class assembly lines – all overseen by Grove Design, one of the UK’s leading engineering design agencies.

Security of supply

Now more than ever, receiving your goods on time and to budget is absolutely critical.

Failure to get parts can stop an entire production line and, with the cold winds of Brexit and Covid-19 still being felt, we are already seeing the impact of global disruption affecting some of the world’s largest OEMs.

MAN, with access to 15 different factories and the purchasing power of a major international organisation, can be the trusted manufacturing partner you are looking for.

Over the last year, the group has seen a steady influx of contact wins for member firms that are taking on reshoring projects and this is due to a growing urge to shorten supply chains and UK manufacturers becoming ever more competitive against our international rivals.

The group has strength in numbers, pretty much every quality accreditation in the world and the best engineering minds of more than 750 staff, spanning nine different engineering disciplines.

Security of supply, MAN has you covered.

Aluminium Casting

CNC & Conventional Machining

Contract Electronics Manufacturing

Electrical & Electronics Assemblies

Engineering Supplies

Fluid Power

Forging

Industrial Design

Metal Stamping

Plastic Injection Moulding

Tube Bending & Manipulation

The MAN Group offer precisely toleranced, fully machined and finished aluminium casting from four processes: sand, gravity, high pressure and low pressure aluminium castings. The discipline is carried out by Alucast, one of the group’s founding members.

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The MAN Group boasts one of the largest privately owned subcontract operations in the UK with group member Muller, providing complex, precision machined components.

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A wide range of high-quality contract electronics manufacturing services including surface mount technology, conventional assembly, and testing is available through group member C-MAC SMT.

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MAN manufactures a wide range of electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical and electro-pneumatic control systems and assemblies through PP Control & Automation.

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MAN Group member James Lister & Sons Limited provides all forms of engineering and industrial supplies and tools, lubricants, workwear and PPE, office supplies, hygiene and janitorial products, supported by a full range of stock management services.

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More than 40 years ago, MAN member James Lister & Sons Limited, established its fluid power business, Listerfluidpower. The business is structured to assist customers in every aspect of their fluid power requirements ranging from products, advice, service and maintenance contracts through to 24-hour call out support onsite.

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MAN Group member KimberMills International is a specialist metal forging company, offering forgings, drop forgings, hammer forgings, press forgings and a number of other services closely related.

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MAN Group partner Grove Design offers a wide scope of industrial design services across several industry sectors, ranging from industrial tools and equipment to automotive transmission systems and waste recycling plants.

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MAN Group member Brandauer is one of the largest contract presswork and precision stamping companies in Europe, manufacturing precision metal components for customers around the world.

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MAN Group member Barkley Plastic’s in-house design, tooling and plastic injection moulding expertise provides customers with the peace of mind that their injection moulded products are professionally project managed.

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MAN Group member Lister is a leading provider of tube manipulation services through group company Listertube, providing a full CNC tube manipulation, up to 76mm, and end forming and tube assembly service.

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MANifesto

MAN (Manufacturing Assembly Network) is a collaboration of complementary UK manufacturers and provides a single source engineering and manufacturing solution for customers involved in numerous industry sectors.

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Being part of MAN means a world class commitment to manufacturing excellence, workforce development and responsible business.

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In 2020, the MAN Group launched its Post Covid-19 MANifesto to detail the support the sector needs if it is to recover from the pandemic and restore its position as a manufacturing powerhouse in the 21st century.

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Alucast

Barkley Plastics

Brandauer

C-MAC SMT

Grove Design

James Lister & Sons

KimberMills International

Muller

PP Control & Automation

WMG

Alucast was formed in 1967 and is based in the heart of the West Midlands, offering a single-source manufacturing solution for the supply of fully machined sand, gravity and high-pressure aluminium castings.

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Alucast

Barkley Plastics provide world-class plastic injection moulding, assembly and toolmaking services. Barkley Plastics houses one of the largest tool making facilities in the UK, delivering millions of mouldings every year.

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Barkley Plastics

Brandauer offers the complete range of services required for the supply of pressed metal components: from prototyping, design and in-house tool production to high-quality manufacturing and logistics.

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Brandauer

As specialists in PCB and electronic assembly from design to manufacture, and as one of the UK’s leading electronics manufacturers, C-MAC SMT can produce the highest quality electronic assemblies.

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C-MAC SMT

Grove offers a dedicated multi-disciplinary design office that can work from concept through to definition for manufacture. A state-of-the-art studio combines the latest 3D CAD modeling and analysis with significant production experience.

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Grove Design

Established in 1874, James Lister & Sons is one of the largest independent engineering service and supply companies in the UK. The group capabilities range from sub-contract tube manipulation, and hydraulic and pneumatic solutions.

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James Lister & Sons

Founded in 1946, KimberMills International is a Forging, Machining, Fabrication, Assembly and Presswork company with production facilities across the UK, Poland and India, satisfying both high and low volume demands.

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KimberMills International

The Muller Group of companies is one of the largest privately-owned sub-contract machinists in Europe, providing complex, precision components across a wide range of industry sectors. Muller’s total machining solution is bespoke to customer needs.

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Muller

PP Control & Automation is a strategic outsourcing partner and world leader in the design and manufacture of electrical and electronic control systems and assemblies, cable harnesses and sub contract manufacturing solutions.

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PP Control & Automation

WMG is an international leader in successful collaboration between academia and the private and public sectors, driving innovation in applied science, technology and engineering.

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WMG

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