Building for the future

In our last newsletter we discussed the skills shortage our industry is facing. Almond continues to expand and is meeting the skills shortage challenges to invest in our future by training a strong team. We have developed close links with Deans Community High school. This was originally founded on their F1 challenge adventures. This year we participated in their Enterprise day. We mentored teams of 6 students working on a project to invent, design and develop a board game.

“We believe that working closely with schools helps to stimulate their interest in engineering, gives them a sense of working in an engineering company and illustrates the potential careers in engineering. Success is simple. When a child says ‘I want to be an engineer when I grow up’ we know we have knocked the nail in,” says Michelle Quinn, Director.

Almond is also working with students who are approaching school leaving age. This Summer, four pupils will join us from various schools across the region to get a taste of precision engineering on the shop floor. They will leave us with genuine work experience and a desire to explore the many routes to qualify as an engineer.

For pupils who are leaving school we have two opportunities to become Almond Engineering Apprentices this Summer. Our successful work in schools has generated 127 applications for these two positions, so we are proud to be stimulating interest in both the roles and the desire to work for us.

We are also supporting the graduate route to engineering and have sponsored an internship for a mechanical Engineering studying at Glasgow Caledonian University.

“It is good to see interest in engineering growing as young people begin to understand how exciting it can be. This will be a great Summer working with a range of pupils, apprentices and undergraduates developing their skills and passion for engineering,” concludes Michelle.

Willie Scott retires

Willie is one of the founder members of Almond Engineering having been with the company since day one in 1979. Starting on the tools as a ‘fresh-faced young Laddie’, Willie progressed to Director, then Managing Director and eventually owner before selling the business in 2008. Willie has been a massive presence at Almond for 40 years and has been one of the main drivers of our success. It’s fair to say if you know Almond, you know Willie.

We could write a book on Willie’s contribution to Almond and to our customers, but suffice to say we will all miss working with Willie on a daily basis. Willie will retire on the 28th June. Fortunately, he intends to stay in touch, returning from time to time to share his immense knowledge and help with interesting projects.

We have been planning for this day for some years now and we have built a very strong team who Willie has been mentoring and teaching the Almond way. Please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Smith (MD), Michelle Quinn (Director), John Gilmour (Sales and Estimating Manager), Steven Wilson (Technical Manager) or Grant Cameron (Design manager) should we be able to help with anything.

Almond buys Multex engineering business

Almond Engineering Limited is delighted to announce that we have acquired the Trade and Assets of Multex Limited’s Engineering business.

Established in 1991, Multex is a high quality engineering company which designs and manufactures test equipment for electronic circuit boards. With a strong reputation, and a wide customer base across the UK and internationally, Multex has many synergies with Almond. There are a number of customers that already purchase from both Almond Engineering and Multex, now they can enjoy the same high quality and customer service from one integrated business. We are looking forward to offering new products and services to customers of both companies.

A further benefit for customers is the additional Multex CNC and manual machining facilities that complement those at Almond, giving both businesses increased capacity and flexibility. The Multex factory increases our available factory floor space and those of you who have visited Almond recently will know how welcome that is. Importantly, the team at Multex will bring valuable electrical and programming skills to Almond. In short, we believe that this acquisition strengthens both Almond and Multex and will assist us in delivering first class service and a greater product range.

We are also delighted to confirm the acquisition does not involve any loss of jobs, in fact, it has helped us create an additional skilled job already and we anticipate more will follow as we build on the great success Multex has always enjoyed.

Multex will become a division of Almond Engineering and will continue to trade using the Multex brand under Almond Engineering Limited. Over the coming months we will combine the two websites, with a new look and feel. We’ll send you an invitation to visit them once they are completed. In the meantime should you have any questions or want to request a quote please contact Chris Smith on chris@almond.co.uk or 01506 410880.

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