If Celli Group were to put a name to 2018, “the industrial (r)evolution” would be highly appropriate, as over the past twelve months a number of large-scale industrial projects have been completed, which will transform the way the business operates and improve the service we offer to you, our customers and clients.
Eighteen months ago, we began a program of activity designed to restructure and coordinate product manufacture, embrace collaboration and promote the benefits of truly integrated teamwork. We had recognised that the Group’s diverse range of companies and plants were operating autonomously, and that opportunities existed to bring together similar types of production, share best practices, exploit synergies and collaborate more effectively, so that we could better meet your increasing expectations and continue to remain ahead of our competitors.
So, in Italy, for example, we moved production of our Tornado beer coolers from San Giovanni in Marignano, to our Cosmetal water cooler plant in Recanati, as the manufacturing processes for both types of product are very similar. Naturally, this created additional capacity in San Giovanni, which is now dedicated to the production of some of our most complex products, including post-mix and smart towers for soft drinks.
LAM, which produces sheet metal pieces for the Celli Group as well as external markets, also underwent great change. Investments were made in its cutting and stamping department in the form of two cutting-edge machines under Italy’s National Industry 4.0 Plan, which began a few years ago. In addition, Celli re-configured its procurement and production model to fully incorporate the Kaizen improvement philosophy.
In the United Kingdom, following the acquisition of FJE Plastic Developments, the biggest challenge was to establish a new site that could house both the new plastic moulding specialists and the Group’s existing digital print business. This resulted in the opening of our new centre of excellence in Biggleswade, Hertfordshire, which is dedicated to the production of plastic parts and digital printing.
Also, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Angram’s site became our UK centre of production for traditional cask beer engines, beer fonts and taps, thanks in part to the opening of a new neighbouring plant.
To plan, manage and deliver all of these complex projects within 2018 was a real challenge, and we could not have achieved all that we have without the hard work and commitment of an exceptional team. The spirit and determination shown encapsulates our belief that success requires us to think big, act decisively and face challenges head on.
Now, as we step into 2019 under a new Group identity, we are perfectly placed to respond to all of the challenges and opportunities ahead.
We have 40 years of history, heritage and experience behind us, together with new structure, team and vision to carry us forward - straight into the future!