Photo: L to R pictured are John Beaty, Deputy Principal at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC), Shaun Gray, European MD of Ginho Group and Ann Walton, International Operations Manager at BSDC

We are proud to announce our European MD, Shaun Gray has been appointed as Patron of International Operations at Burton and South Derbyshire College joining the College’s impressive list of patrons across its broad range of areas.

The College’s network of patrons mean that students benefit from an industry-led curriculum, access to key industry contacts and the opportunity to work on live briefs for real companies. This supports the College in delivering its Skills Promise and ensuring that when students complete their course, they will be job ready with the transferable skills and qualities they need to make an impact in their chosen industry or profession.

Shaun, who studied Engineering at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “I am really excited about working with the College on this remit. International trading is a key focus for Ginho – working globally while delivering locally – and so I can’t wait to get involved with the next generation of global workers. I am sure this patronage will be hugely beneficial to my own personal development as well as, hopefully, the students!”

Burton and South Derbyshire College has got a reputation for being a ‘global college’ and was recently shortlisted in the British Council International Award category of the AoC Beacon Awards. International work is embedded into the wider college ‘system’ which has seen international learners become part of the fabric of the organisation.

John Beaty, Deputy Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, added: “We’re delighted to have Shaun joining our network of patrons. Shaun brings with him a wealth of experience in international business and will be an extremely inspirational figure for our learners who are just starting out in their careers. Our international work is incredibly important to us as it not only provides learners from throughout the world with excellent learning experiences but it also allows our domestic learners to gain valuable insights into other world cultures, broadening their global outlook and adding value to their future career prospects.”

Pictured are Ginho staff accepting the win for the International Trade award at the Staffordshire chamber of commerce awards

Ginho Group has been named as the winner of the International Trade category at the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce annual business awards.

Sponsored by the Department of International Trade, this award recognises companies who excel in exporting by paying particular attention to the whole process, including developing overseas opportunities, strategic partnerships, and the overall benefit the international activity brings to Staffordshire.

This is particular recognition for supply chain manager Joshua Hancock-Brown and his supply chain team who have led the way during Brexit and Covid, delivering great service to customers despite the challenges faced.

MD of Ginho Group Europe Shaun Gray said: “I’m incredibly proud of how we have navigated the last 18 months to ensure supply to our customers across Europe. The International Trade award is great recognition for the team who have worked tirelessly through Brexit and Covid-19 to maintain supply to our customers.

“Thanks also go to our customers, suppliers, and local communities – we couldn’t win awards such as these without our great partnerships which continue to play such a vital role in our success.”

Announcing Ginho Group as the winner on the night, one of the judges said:

“It’s been a difficult 18 months and companies trading internationally really had to raise their game – it was a humbling experience to read and judge the entries which were all at a tremendous level. The winning company Ginho, strategised, it planned ahead, and it took Brexit in its step. We couldn’t believe the steps they had taken; it was phenomenal. They used their bespoke manufacturing plant to bring products into the UK and what they did to change their certificate of origin was very, very impressive.”

Congratulations to all the award winners and those shortlisted on the night – it was a brilliant evening of celebration. You can read about the awards here Awards – Staffordshire Chambers.

Ginho Group wins Employer of the Year at the East Staffordshire & South Derbyshire Business Awards 2021. Staff pictured as they proudly accept the award

We are honoured to have been named Employer of the Year at the East Staffordshire & South Derbyshire Business Awards 2021. Employer of the Year at the East Staffordshire & South Derbyshire Business Awards 2021 winners are Ginho Group

Over 250 business people gathered at Burton Albion Football Club for the inspiring annual awards and huge congratulations go to all the businesses who were crowned winners on the night and to the amazing companies who were shortlisted.

Commenting on winning employer of the year, MD of Ginho Group Europe, Shaun Gray said:

“We have an amazing team at Ginho and I’m incredibly proud of how they have navigated the last 18 months to ensure supply to our customers across Europe. Winning this award recognises how the team have supported each other and at the same time maintained a working environment that is a fun and exciting place to be, even in these uncertain times.

“Importantly, I would add that this award is not only a huge testament to us as an employer but also reflects the relationships we have nurtured with all our other stakeholders. We work in close partnership with our customers, suppliers, and local communities; and we view them all as part of the extended Ginho team and they all continue to play an important role in our success.”

Infinity IT Solutions sponsored the category and judges MD Simon McAlpine and marketing manager Leanne Kavvadian, who visited our site and met the team as part of the judging process, said:

“Ginho is an outstanding employer in the local area and a business to aspire to. Committed to their people they encourage personal development, offer an extensive list of benefits, and truly care. So much so, they are more like family than an ’employer’… we wouldn’t mind a job at Ginho ourselves! Not only are their culture and team impressive, but the overall business performance and growth too. This award was richly deserved, keep up the great work.”

Ginho staff standing outside headquarters pleased to annouce thier shortlisting for two regional business awards.

We’re delighted to announce that Ginho Group is a finalist in two UK regional business awards – a great achievement by the team.

In the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Awards, we are pleased to be a finalist in the International Trade category which recognises businesses who excel in exporting. The criteria pay attention to identifying overseas opportunity to meet market requirements, strategic international partnerships, and benefiting the region.

The Burton & South Derbyshire business awards have named Ginho as a finalist in the Employer of the Year category which recognises human resource and staff engagement strategies including training, development, and work-life balance.

European managing director Shaun Gray commented on being shortlisted at both awards, he said:

“We are incredibly proud of how our team has navigated the challenges of both the pandemic and Brexit to maintain supply to our customers so it’s great recognition to reach the finals.”

The Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Awards will be announced on the 18th November and the Burton & South Derbyshire Awards will be announced on 11 November.

New commercial appointment for European team

Ginho Group Europe is delighted to announce Sven Eckert’s appointment as European commercial manager.

Based at Ginho’s site in Detzenbach, Germany, Sven is responsible for supporting global customers with the provision of high quality precision castings and components to their local manufacturing sites across Europe.

Sven has extensive expertise within the automotive industry, most recently with Magnetec GmbH where he partnered with automotive leaders Tesla, BMW and Porsche.

During his 15-year career he has held several management roles, including Account Manager for Shinano Kenshi Group, a company that contributes to meeting growing demands for autonomous robots and mobile platforms.

He studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessne in Germany. In his spare time, Sven enjoys alpine hiking, rock festivals and gardening.

Ginho's European MD Shaun Gray accepting the honour of being elected the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce

Managing director Shaun Gray has been elected President of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, which serves the East Staffordshire business community where Ginho’s European head office is located.

During his two-year tenure Shaun will collaborate with appointed council members from leading businesses across the region as they look to help shape the local business and international trade agenda.

Commenting on Shaun’s appointment, Chris Plant, director of Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Shaun is vastly experienced in international trade, and I am looking forward to working with him and focusing on helping our members become aware of the international trade opportunities that are on the horizon.”

Shaun took over the presidential reins from Nik Hardy, founder and managing director of Hardy Signs. Nik Hardy will remain on the Chamber’s council as vice-president, alongside Chris Else, managing partner of Else Solicitors, and Stacy Brown, commercial services manager at Dains LLP, who will also serve as vice-presidents.

“I feel extremely proud to accept this role at such a pivotal time for our region and country,” said Shaun about his appointment.

“The continued unlocking of the economy from Covid restrictions and Brexit allowing the UK to set its own trade policy both bring new opportunities for businesses to diversify and grow. I’m really looking forward to collaborating with our Council team to support sustainable growth at all levels and sectors as well as sharing my experience in international trade.”

Ginho globally continues to grow and develop, we are consistently investing in new technology to add value to our world class manufacturing facility. The European division continues to grow and in doing so there have been several new welcome additions to the European team.

Mr Damien Taylor has been with the business for over 6 years. Damien has transitioned through Ginho in various roles gaining experience in many areas of the business. He has now been promoted to Ginho European Product Launch Engineer here he supports customers and internal team members from the start of new sample orders until they get to serial production.

Mrs Theresa Mackay recently joined the business as our European Quality Engineer, Theresa has a wealth of knowledge along with hands-on experience. Theresa offers support to all our colleagues at all our global locations and provides valuable support and assistance to our customers with technical and quality systems and documents.

Mrs Wei Wei To joined the business in March as our European Financial Controller. Wei Wei has extensive financial knowledge and experience and is responsible for all financial aspects of the business throughout our European divisions.

Desktop, tablet, and mobile friendly new website for Ginho, built by the marketing people in Staffordshire

We would like to announce the launch of our new Ginho Group website. Our previous website was not clearly showing our customers exactly what we can offer so by adding a whole section on Our Capabilities, Ginho’s offerings and competencies are now clear. Our specialisms and expertise are emphasised on our new website, for example, our experience in the Automotive industry.

With decades of experience in centrifugal and investment castings, and precision engineering Ginho can provide your business with bespoke and high-quality parts and components. Having global facilities in each major time zone means we can support our customers 24/7 and provide just-in-time delivery wherever you are in the world.

We must thank David and the team at the marketing people for all their help during the process of building our website and improving our brand ID. They hosted consultations that identified our core values and goals and worked from this to decide the most suitable progression and development for Ginho. The new positioning statement ‘Value in Everything’ encompasses everything we strive for as a business, and is the ideal positioning statement for the market we are in. The new website reflects our stronger position in the marketplace and will help us reach out to more clients across Europe.

Check our blog in the future for interesting and informative company updates, industry news, and case studies of our ever-growing satisfied customers.

We hope you find the new website interesting, informative, and engaging and we look forward to assisting you with any requirements including but not limited to investment casting, precision machining, and tubular hydroforming in a variety of global sectors.

This new customer was experiencing supply issues because of poor performance from an existing supplier. Ginho was able to reach a mutually agreeable commercial level for a cast exhaust cone. Importantly we were able to validate samples very quickly and ramp up high volume serial production within a few weeks.
An agile approach and attitude within our Group allowed Ginho to dedicate key team members and resources to overcome critical timing and quality constraints.

With our UK based stocking facility, we were able to minimise the risk to our customer and keep the OEM’s production line operational. From this warehouse, the lead time to the customer’s door in Europe was only 3 to 4 days.
The costs for OEM line stoppage are significant, and Ginho’s support allowed our customer to completely avoid an immediate issue. We have since secured several additional projects with this customer, and our partnership is developing very well in Europe, China, and South America too.

The European customer started a project with a pressed and welded cone assembly involving several components and welds. Following issues in the field and failures with the original design, Ginho successfully secured the business for a singular cast cone, which is now in high volume serial production. In addition to this removing welds and resulting in a more robust component, the customer benefits from only having to source and verify a single component instead of several.

This improved supply chain traceability and minimised risk factors related to vibration within the assembly, and ultimately within the engine. This casting is now also being shipped to our customer’s factory in South America too, so this truly has developed into a key global collaboration. Our customer very much values our support in relation to this project, and we are now working to develop similar opportunities, and reducing risk factors in some of their other programs too.