Staffordshire-based Bri-Stor Systems, the UK’s leading converter of lightweight commercial vehicles has become a member of Made In the Midlands, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to the promotion of the Midlands as a region of global engineering and operational excellence. Part of the Bri-Stor Group and working closely with sister company Alpha Manufacturing, the business is keen to work with other organisations in support of Made In the Midlands’ ongoing pledge to increase the profile of the Midlands’ manufacturing capability.
To celebrate this new partnership, Bri-Stor Group CEO Martin Smith is speaking at this week’s Made Futures virtual expo – an event designed to help job seekers, graduates and students find meaningful work in manufacturing.
Commenting on the partnership and speaking about the Made Futures virtual expo, Martin Smith has this to say: “In the world of van racking and lightweight vehicle conversion Bri-Stor Systems is a household name which is a position we are immensely proud of. For almost four decades we have been at the forefront of this market, designing and engineering the van racking systems that have kept thousands of fleet vehicles on the road. No two customers are the same and with widely varying needs we pride ourselves on being responsive and flexible in response to this demand. This is best illustrated by our response to COVID and the speed in which we designed and engineered COVID-safe hygiene measures for vehicle users.
“In truth, joining Made in the Midlands goes to the heart of our ambition – we must continue to drive innovation through the market we serve and we are keen to share ideas with other like-minded organisations. By contributing to Made in the Midlands we can help reinforce the message that the Midlands manufacturing industry has a serious role to play in driving greater economic prosperity for the region.
“On a personal level I am really keen to bring my experience to the Made Futures event. The future success of manufacturing is heavily reliant on us attracting and retaining talented people and we must work hard to ensure our industry is viewed as a dynamic and progressive sector. Year-on-year we invest heavily in the development of our people whatever stage they are in their career and this culture of people-first is best illustrated through our Apprenticeship Scheme. Now in its eleventh year, we will welcome 15 new recruits into the Group in September and we fully expect each and every one of them to graduate and take up a role within the Group. The Made Futures event is an important opportunity to showcase not only Bri-Stor Systems, but also the wider opportunity of pursuing a career in this brilliant industry.”
Charles Addison, Made in the Midlands’ managing director is delighted to welcome the Bri-Stor Group, he comments: “It gives me immense pride to welcome the Bri-Stor Group into our organisation. Both Alpha Manufacturing and Bri-Stor Systems exemplify everything that is fantastic about Midlands manufacturing – investing heavily in both people and production. By uniting our industry we have a much stronger voice in a global market and faced with new challenges post-Brexit and indeed, post-COVID we can make a much bigger impact with one voice. The Bri-Stor Group is an important addition to our existing community and I very much look forward to hearing Martin speak at our Made Futures event – his story alone should inspire others to go above and beyond to achieve success.”