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Group Procurement Agreement

The Manufacturing Co-operative (TMC) and AF Affinity Limited have signed an agreement under which TMC members will be provided with Group Procurement through AF for items such as energy, telecommunications, raw materials and consumables saving members both money and time. AF Affinity also offer a Cost Reduction Analysis service. Savings include up to 20% off electricity, up to 40% on mobile phones, landlines and broadband, up to 10% on fuel and fuel cards, up to 20% on vehicles, up to 25% on raw materials and up to 15% on business support services including HR and Payroll, insurance and pensions. There is no joining fee, no annual subscription and no minimum purchase. To register for The Manufacturing Co-operative Group Procurement Service contact Louis Clabburn at AF Affinity on 01603 881 888.

Dr Howard Lightfoot in Top 20 Most Influential List

Dr Howard Lightfoot of The Manufacturing Co-operative has been confirmed as one of the Top 20 most influential in Field Service News.

The FSN20 is a list of the 20 most influential people in field service. Nominations were received from field service practitioners and Field Service News subscribers.

Dr Lightfoot was delighted to be acknowledged by his peers and industry experts and aims to use the Operations Excellence Institute’s technical facilities to pioneer new maintenance techniques through virtual and augmented reality.

Commenting on the accolade, Dr Lightfoot said: “VR and AR have the potential to revolutionise maintenance efficiency in through-life engineering.”

He intends to transfer his expertise in Service Innovation into a short online course which will feature a free taster session. To register your interest contact enquiry@manufacturing.coop of fill in the form here.

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