We are visiting a number of European exhibitions this autumn. If you are planning to attend any of the events below, please get in touch and we can arrange to meet up.

 

Automechanika Frankfurt
13th – 17th – September 2022 – Frankfurt
https://automechanika.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

 

IAA Hannover
20th – 25th – September 2022 – Hannover
https://www.iaa.de/en/transportation/for-visitors/experience-the-iaa/iaa-2022

 

Al Expo (Aluminium)
27th – 29th September 2022 – Dusseldorf
https://www.aluminium-exhibition.com/en-gb/for-visitors.html

 

IZB
11th – 13th – October 2022 – Wolfsburg
https://www.izb-online.com/en/index.html

 

Zero Emission Mediterranean
12th – 14th October 2022 – Rome
https://www.zeroemission.show/

 

Hydrogen Technology
19th – 20th October 2022 – Bremen
https://www.hydrogen-worldexpo.com

 

Global Automotive Components & Suppliers
8th – 10th – November 2022 – Stuttgart
https://www.globalautomotivecomponentsandsuppliersexpo.com/en/

 

London EV Show
29th Nov – 1st Dec 2022 – London
https://www.londonevshow.com/

Huge congratulations to the NRwell Ltd team on winning the Ginho sponsored International Trade Award at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce business awards. Team Ginho was involved in the judging and was also hugely impressed by Global Ceramic Materials Limited and Hygan Products Limited who were finalists. All these businesses have really excelled through exporting which in turn is helping to boost business growth across Staffordshire.

Stuart Lowe, European Business Development Manager

European Business Development Manager Stuart Lowe has over 25 years’ experience of customer-focused commercial markets across the automotive and steel sectors.

Joining Ginho in 2015, Stuart’s priorities are to understand customers’ businesses and to work in partnership with our clients to deliver the best possible solutions as part of a long-term relationship. He joined Ginho in 2015, since then he has been immersed in the automotive sector. Keeping up-to-speed with industry trends and developments is important, and so he thrives on his busy schedule of international exhibitions and conferences alongside prospective customer meetings and quarterly face-to-face meetings with customers.

With Ginho recently becoming a member of the SMMT, Stuart now has access to a whole host of additional insight and data, and he will be putting this to practical use as he works on his current agenda of development and innovation projects and to embrace emerging technologies to best effect.

To get in touch with Stuart, please email [email protected] or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Shaun Gray (Ginho) and Dean Willshee (Willshee’s Waste & Recycling)

Ginho Europe is looking to champion environmental best practice across the region under the leadership of managing director Shaun Gray, who is also president of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce.

He says: “More and more companies are looking for suppliers that are authentically supporting a greener economy with environmentally-friendly credentials. This is especially evident in the automotive industry, for example, which is investing in new technologies that will deliver vehicles that do not have a negative impact on air quality and the environment, and offer low carbon solutions.

“At Ginho, we recently committed to achieving zero waste to landfill by appointing Willshee’s Waste & Recycling. Their customer portal allows us to track our waste in just a few clicks – which will really help us with global tenders looking for evidence of our sustainability practices and records.

“As Chamber president, I am also an advocate of local businesses working together, so when I saw the information available from Willshee’s online customer portal, coupled with their Burton base, it was a complete no brainer!”

Dean Willshee, Managing Director of Willshee’s Waste & Recycling, added: “We are delighted to be working with Shaun and his team. As with Ginho, more and more businesses are looking to access a transparent audit trail for all their waste as part of the tendering process for both private and public sector work, so we are really proud of the investment that we have made in terms of tools, technology and plant. And we are especially pleased to be dealing with an increasing number of thriving Burton businesses. I know Ginho, like ourselves, have ambitious plans for growth, so it is exciting to be working in partnership.”

British Chambers of Commerce have a useful library of guidance material for businesses looking to improve their environmental credentials, for example: https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/campaigns/climate-challenge

There is also more information available at www.willshees.co.uk

When it comes to cyber security and efficiency, customers can be assured that Ginho has 24/7/365 cover as the company invests in cutting edge support services and cloud technology.

Utilising the very latest in end-to-end security intelligence, forensics and automation, Ginho’s business and its partners are protected by continuous monitoring and analysis, detection and response. Real time insight means that any potential threat is quarantined and the speed of remedial action should any containment be needed is also of particular note.

Apart from monitoring, Ginho’s IT support team is also looking at ways of improving efficiency, increasing productivity and eliminating the need for any downtime.

The Ginho Europe team will be at the following shows as visitors, so do let us know if you are planning to attend:

 

Achema
22nd – 26th – August – 2022 – Frankfurt
https://www.achema.de/en/

 

Automechanika Frankfurt
13th – 17th – September 2022 – Frankfurt
https://automechanika.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html

 

IAA Hannover
20th – 25th – September 2022 – Hannover
https://www.iaa.de/en/transportation/for-visitors/experience-the-iaa/iaa-2022

 

Stainless Steel World Conference & Exhibition
27th – 29th – September 2022 – Maastricht
https://stainless-steel-world-event.com/

 

Al Expo (Aluminium)
27th – 29th September 2022 – Dusseldorf
https://www.aluminium-exhibition.com/en-gb/for-visitors.html

 

IZB
11th – 13th – October 2022 – Wolfsburg
https://www.izb-online.com/en/index.html

 

Zero Emission Mediterranean
12th – 14th October 2022 – Rome
https://www.zeroemission.show/

 

Hydrogen Technology
19th – 20th October 2022 – Bremen
https://www.hydrogen-worldexpo.com

 

Global Automotive Components & Suppliers
8th – 10th – November 2022 – Stuttgart
https://www.globalautomotivecomponentsandsuppliersexpo.com/en/

 

London EV Show
29th Nov – 1st Dec 2022 – London
https://www.londonevshow.com/

Matthias Klasen

Ginho Europe’s German team is led by vice general manager Matthias Klasen, who speaks Mandarin as well as English, French and German and has over 12 years’ experience of the automotive market – having worked for Mercedes, BMW and Continental, as well as Lufthansa.

Born in France, Matthias spent much of his childhood in Beijing. Then in 2010, he moved to Germany to do his apprenticeship in logistics and after that a Bachelor’s degree in logistics management. In 2017, Matthias moved to Ohio in the US to complete his MBA, and now he lives in Frankfurt.

Having joined Ginho last August, Matthias works closely with his commercial manager Sven Eckert, administrator Julian Schulte and other European colleagues who provide quality control, logistics and finance support. The team in Germany is currently thriving on the back of high demand for Ginho products. Matthias says: “We work really closely with our Ginho Europe colleagues, providing customers with a seamless service across the territories to the highest possible standard. Indeed, being very collaborative makes us really productive as a group.”

Ginho Germany sponsors a local football team who have just secured promotion.

Looking ahead, Matthias’s priorities are to capitalise on the areas of market growth and the potential for new technological innovation around combustion engines, for example. He comments: “It is interesting to witness projects involving hydrogen powered cars and trucks, because you don’t need to change the existing infrastructure on a big scale. This is a very interesting area for Ginho Europe.”

To find out more about Ginho’s operation in Germany, please email [email protected].

 

More and more customers are benefitting from Ginho engineers’ ability to optimise technology, optimise process and optimise costs – which are the essential principles of Value Added Value Engineering (VAVE).

VAVE is a very exciting part of Ginho Europe’s service because it is not only something that is explored at the start of a contract. Indeed, many customers are gaining advantage from VAVE initiatives mid-contract. “Circumstances may well have changed two years into a seven year contract,” explains European business development manager Stuart Lowe, “so there could be an opportunity for our team of engineers to look at how a process could be simplified, or two components combined into one, or the casting process re-specified. And if the result is a saving on cost, this will be passed on to the customer. What’s not to like?!”

With a team of 150 engineers on board, Team Ginho has a wealth of expertise, experience and sheer brain power to explore what is possible.

Stuart adds: “Of course, VAVE principles will be applied at launch stage, but we believe that VAVE is much more than that. Typically, it has been needed because of a predicted shortage of a particular material or an increase in the price. But these days engineers will also be looking for other benefits – a lighter solution, a quieter solution, lower emissions, easier assembly, less wear or longer life.

“We like to work with our customers very much as a partnership. We are in it for the long-term. And if we can add value at any stage, this has to be good for everyone. And that work ethic runs throughout the Ginho organisation.”

The Ginho Group provides VAVE solutions for a number of major global brands. To find out how the team could help your business, please email [email protected].

Having brought hundreds of bespoke components to market for customers over the years, the team at Ginho Europe has accumulated vast amounts of experience in delivering new products to multiple sites across Europe on time and in full.

Adding value at every possible touchpoint, the Ginho team provides a dedicated service for customers throughout the launch process, delivering proactive, pre-emptive project management, whether for 50 prototypes or a 2.5 million part annual order.

Ginho Europe offers customers a unique service in a number of ways. Many of which emanate from the organisation’s size and scale, as Ginho is essentially a one stop shop with in-house tooling design, testing and manufacturing.

 

Dedicated service 

While Ginho’s manufacturing plant in China is huge and can flex to meet the needs of customers, it is the personal service that offers additional value. Regardless of the massive scale of some contracts, Ginho’s logical approach and digital systems make the entire project comprehensible for all involved.

Key elements of the product launch service include:

  • Three-way video calls between the customer, manufacturing plant engineers and product launch team
  • A critical path that maps out every stage of the process down to the last hour
  • A local, UK-based relationship – with a direct virtual bridge to Asia
  • Bi-lingual documentation – which avoids anything being lost in translation between English and Mandarin and vice versa
  • Weekly project updates.

Ginho’s Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) systems are granular and while the scope of each and every PPAP requires much scrutiny by definition, as a one stop shop with all stages of production in-house, any extra checks or amendments can be done quickly and efficiently. Examples might be X-ray reports on porosity or adjusting the design of a tool prototype.

 

Daily check-in

The Ginho Europe team speaks to colleagues at the manufacturing plant every day for an update and with many of them having visited the factory, they are very familiar with the set up over there.

Being in regular contact with customers as a project progresses means that Ginho gets a first-hand view of what is important to that individual, which can regularly result in suggestions being made like changes to packaging or an amended transport schedule that have no additional cost, but improve the overall experience and delivery for the client’s business.

With 15 to 20 different documents for every PPAP, attention to detail is vital. This focus is applied to production too and there is a master schedule with timing for all to see that runs across the 8-to-12-week production process – embracing tooling (which typically takes four weeks); wax models and shell making, shell drying, pouring, shot blasting, rough casting and inspection; machining of the component and inspection; documentation packing and shipping. Each element has an allocation in hours – so any stakeholder can get an accurate view of any product launch programme when they need it.

Communication and being totally transparent is key in the delivery of a successful new product launch and the Ginho team gets a real buzz from seeing how a project progresses and evolves; and customers are benefitting too as they get reassurance at every stage of the process and can update their own stakeholders and colleagues with confidence.

 

To find out more about Ginho Europe’s product launch service, please email [email protected].

Theresa Mackay, European Quality Engineer at Ginho Group supports International Women's Day 2022

Theresa Mackay, European Quality Engineer at Ginho Group supports International Women’s Day 2022

With 16 years’ experience across a number of different sectors, Ginho Europe’s Theresa Mackay sees International Women’s Day as an opportunity to champion women in engineering in sectors which decades ago were traditionally dominated by men, but today are providing women around the world with fantastic career opportunities.

Theresa welcomes International Women’s Day theme of #BreakTheBias, and says: “I am really fortunate to work for a progressive, inclusive business now and I really do encourage other women to pursue their dreams with confidence and to be proud of their achievements.”

Theresa started work in food retail. Then when she moved down to Nottingham from her native Glasgow, she worked for a plastics manufacturer and it was here that she quickly became fascinated with production processes, engineering and quality control.

Fast forward 16 years and she is thriving in her role as European quality engineer at the Ginho Europe, having worked in aluminium extrusion and rail freight maintenance along the way.

Ginho Europe is developing a global footprint which comprises a world class manufacturing site in China with business centres in the UK, Germany and the USA. From Ginho’s European Centre in Burton upon Trent, over five million high quality precision castings, components and assemblies are exported annually to automotive and other sector manufacturing sites across Europe.

Since joining Ginho Group in 2020, Theresa has been party to many challenges with Covid and Brexit, but the business had a record year in 2021 and has an ambitious growth target for 2022 and beyond.

Part of the senior team, Theresa’s remit is very broad running internal and external audits for customer contracts, research and development, running quality management systems, advising customers, supplier support, data analysis with some health and safety responsibilities too.

“We supply some of the world’s leading automotive brands with divisions in several continents that require consistent, just-in-time support to their local manufacturing sites. This means that quality has to be in everything! It has to run through the business. And as a result, our on-time performance, quality rating and overall customer satisfaction scorecard measures are all over 90%, including 98% for on-time delivery, but we have to be permanently ahead of the game.”

Theresa’s favourite part of the role is getting involved with new products and being part of the planning process. She says: “I love working out how we can make the part and predicting the challenges so they don’t become problems.”

This year, Theresa will be overseeing ISO 9001 for Ginho’s operation in Germany and she is hoping to go to China to visit the company’s state of the art factory, to see the manufacturing process in real life. She says: “I find our Chinese colleagues hugely respectful and helpful – and would love to see production first hand.”

Passionate about engineering and passionate about encouraging more women into the field, Theresa’s advice to any woman thinking about a career in this area is: “Go for it! I did not go down the academic route, but I would recommend it to others.” Theresa has however successfully completed numerous vocational training courses covering health and safety, ISO 9001 auditing and driving a forklift truck!

Theresa adds: “I am very lucky that at Ginho there is a very inclusive culture with a truly equitable environment that allows every member of the team to thrive, regardless of gender. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds and what we can achieve together as a team.”