Origin announces manufacturing manager appointment

Published:  23 May, 2013

Origin has appointed Mark Caffery as manufacturing manager.

Mr Caffery will be responsible for developing the manufacturing capability of the High Wycombe factory by increasing product volume and creating a flexible production system for future products. This move will enhance Origin's 'Your Lead Time, Not Ours' capability, delivering made-to-measure products to customers’ deadlines, however short.

Mr Caffery’s appointment will be instrumental to Origin's growth and development. He has implemented an innovative 'Flow Line' process, employing similar manufacturing technology used successfully in the automotive industry.

He explained: "The idea is to create a process laid out as a series of value-adding steps, or work stations, giving each worker a specific task, so they have defined responsibility. By creating this process with distinct work stations and operator roles, Origin can expect to double capacity by September.”

Mr Caffrey has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, having previously worked in the food industry running the site operations in a margarine factory, which processed and packed a number of leading spread brands with a volume of almost 40,000 tonnes per year.

Neil Ginger, chief executive of Origin, remarked: "We are delighted to have Mark on board. He has invaluable experience and knowledge of the manufacturing industry to bring to Origin. With plans to expand into new premises, Mark's input will be key to creating our world class centre of excellence."

Mark has an MBA from the Open University and an MSc in Lean Operations at Cardiff University.

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