Wales Manufacturing Boom at Risk Unless Brain Drain is Halted

Martyn Ingram, Managing Director of Morgan GRP, safety housings manufacturer Morgan Marine Ltd’s parent company, has warned of grave consequences production unless manufacturing personnel, specialist engineers and calibre graduates can be retained ‘in-house’ , in Wales.

The storyline surrounding Welsh manufacturing has been a favorable one lately, with, most recently, the news that Aston Martin could be offered land to build its new SUV in St Athan, which General Dynamics will attract assembly of its new armoured vehicles from Spain into Merthyr Tydfil.

Mirroring this, Morgan GRP are currently continuing to appreciate steady and remarkable growth. In recent years they’ve been recognised within the Top 100 Companies in South West Wales, 15th in the Top 50 Most Profitable Companies in Wales and lately the company was listed as one of only two Welsh companies in the prestigious Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

Their most recent figures showed a turnover of #21 million and they employ staff that was 243 in their site at Llandybïe.

According to manufacturing they’re a part of a success story — fabricating employs 157,000 individuals in Wales, with the drink food and transportation sectors all doing well.

The analysis found that by 15 percent the number of jobs in the sector increased between 2010 and 2014.

But, Mr Ingram warns that the story on the ground is much more nuanced.

Businesses and universities in Wales are developing materials for its defence, automotive and aerospace businesses at facilities that are advanced.

“However, finding quality new recruits who have plans to pursue a profession in Wales is a significant issue and it’s something which has to be addressed from the Welsh Government as a matter of urgency. We execute an annual recruitment drive and we all are very serious about providing our employees the training — we’re an attractive prospect of a worker.

 

Wales Manufacturing Boom at Risk Unless Brain Drain is Halted

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