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Investing in a state-of-the art Material Resource Planning (MRP) system is helping high-end audio equipment manufacturer, Rega Research to meet the growing consumer demand
 MRP can help meet consumer demand more effectively
 
 

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Designing and manufacturing a range of innovative hi-fi products at its UK-based facility, Rega Research has experienced booming growth in recent years, with turnover increasing by 50 percent to £6 million.

The award-winning company recognised the need to implement a MRP system and benefitted from the support offered by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), as Rega Research’s Accountant, John Tozer explained:

“Demand for our hi-fi equipment has partly been fuelled by people, including the younger ‘iPod-generation’ who have discovered that listening to music on our equipment sounds better than anything they have ever experienced before.

“Previously, we had relied on spreadsheets for our stock control, but needed to introduce a more sophisticated system to help us to deal more efficiently with the increase in orders.

“The MRP is still a work-in-progress, but we are already reaping the benefits, including being able to ensure we hold correct stock levels of crucial parts and safeguarding against tying up money in surplus stock.

 “MRP is also playing a vital role in the capacity planning of production, which allows us to provide better feedback and information on delivery dates to our customers.

Throughout the endeavour, Tozer worked closely with MAS Advisor, Barrie Hughes, who became somewhat of a regular to Rega’s facility while the system was being installed.Rega Research.jpg

The Accountant (pictured right) commented:

“Barrie was very encouraging and helpful from the first day he walked into the factory. The combination of his in-depth experience and insightful approach put everyone at ease straight away. He also ensured that all members of staff were fully trained and ready for the changes ahead.”

“When the current recession began to bite, many of our competitors battened-down-the-hatches, but we took a conscious and deliberate decision to do exactly the opposite. We hired new sales staff and brought out a range of innovative new products that paid dividends.

Tozer concluded:

“Continued innovation and providing quality, cost-effective products allows up to keep one-step-ahead of our competitors and has always been at the heart of our ethos. Bringing MAS in when we did was certainly the right decision.

“Barrie showed a genuine interest in our products and manufacturing techniques and we would certainly turn to the organisation again for advice and expertise in the future.” 

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