Wythenshawe Means Business - Endress & Hauser
Endress & Hauser has had a base in Wythenshawe for more than 50 years. From manufacturing thermal mass meters to bespoke temperature and differential pressure flow solutions – their products are used in process engineering within sectors such as chemical, food production, energy, and water.
Production is centred on headquarters in Germany and Switzerland where core components are manufactured for worldwide production. Plants in Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA and UK assemble, test and calibrate instruments and devices – mainly for regional markets.
History in Wythenshawe
The business was located originally on Southmoor Road with 18 employees. It moved to the corner of Floats Road and Ledson Road in 1980 – the building being affectionately known as the Silver Box due to the colour of its cladding. A new production centre was opened in 1986 and the move to the current site on Floats Road came in 1996.
Continuous growth led to investment in the current £8m office and engineering facility, followed in 2013 with the addition of the £700,000 training centre which includes classroom space and physical equipment for practical training.
Managing director Steven Endress said: “Being a Wythenshawe-based business is very important to us. We are a family business and want to work with the community and ensure that people have great jobs. About half the work force is from the local area. As a high-end specialist technology company, we have to look for the right people to do the job, but we see the merit in employing local people.
“We hold career progression in high regard and invest heavily into training and development. Our bespoke training centre is primarily to develop our own people, but it also serves customers. It showcases our instruments and explains the future vision of the company – ensuring we have digitally connected devices and that our people are as well-trained as they can be for the benefit of customers.”
Developing future talent
“Our work with local schools and colleges offers not only practical support in terms of sample instruments, computer hardware and software, but also provides an introduction to the industrial workplace and the world of process automation. We believe in working with younger people and engage through various university technical colleges around the north west. Currently we have seven people on apprenticeships. It’s a longer-term plan for us to develop those staff giving them time to step outside the business for further and higher education.
“Staff retention goes hand in hand with training and development. We offer job rotations, so for example our sales director swapped with our services director for a period of time. This means staff get a bit more understanding of the challenges facing those in different roles. There are opportunities for staff to step out of their comfort zone and also to go overseas.”
Endress and Hauser believe that connecting to the community is important and they are members of Business Working with Wythenshawe (BW3). Staff are involved with mentoring at local high schools and helping with mock interviews. Steven added: “We are helping them to see what engineering in the 21st century looks like and are keen to encourage more women into engineering too.“