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John Faulkner, managing director of Cab Automotive Limited has been elected as president of the Midlands based manufacturing network Made in the Midlands.
As managing director of Smethwick based vehicle interiors specialist Cab Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier to most of the UK automotive OEM's, Mr Faulkner has seen the company grow to a current turnover of circa £20m, having created 204 midland manufacturing jobs since 2009. The company continues to invest and develop new processes at a rapid rate, with plans to recruit for a further 100 positions within the next 12 months, with a keen focus on apprentices.
In his presidential role at Made in the Midlands, John will be spearheading a council of 30 industrial decision makers, with the remit of steering the strategic direction of the private membership network, a platform through which over 270 manufacturing and engineering firms currently collaborate.
Moreover, Mr Faulkner's pride in promoting manufacturing in the Midlands and commitment to working together to develop and promote the region’s capability, will ensure that the council provides a united platform for members to contribute ideas and suggestions on areas where the ever expanding group of manufacturing and engineering companies can work together.
The newly formed council will also function to enable members to reach a consensus on issues important to industry. With a politically neutral focus, the council will reinforce a grass-roots relationship within the SME manufacturing and engineering sector in the region.
Made in the Midlands is set to benefit greatly from John Faulkner’s extensive experience of manufacturing in the region. As managing director of Cab Automotive, Mr Faulkner has utilised his knowledge and expertise to lead his skilled workforce through the difficulty of the economic climate to the successful position it is in today. He has further provided his staff base with a sense of empowerment and increased levels of motivation through the implementation of a major lean programme.
The Made in the Midlands network currently comprises of approximately 270 local manufacturing firms who have endeavored to play their part in transforming the economic fortunes of Midland manufacturing. The firms join forces to work together, network and expand the Midlands’ manufacturing base. The network provides the ideal opportunities for inter-trading, sharing of best practice and sales leads through networking. Furthermore, the group is continuing to provide a powerful voice for lobbying key public and private sector organisations.