The Managing Director of Bacup based Beta Group, Martin Lewis, has recently visited three factories in Kochi and Kollam, both in the Kerala province of Southern India.
The reason was to meet a key supplier of raw materials, who is part of the firm’s international supply chain, to ensure Beta Group’s customers are getting the most cost-effectively priced and highest quality materials. Beta Group imports raw materials, so that they can be utilised at its Bacup base to manufacture their own air filters.
Founded in 1987, Beta Group specialises in air filtration, spray booths and building services. Employing over 60 people at its base in Bacup, as well as engineers located across the UK, the firm services and maintains spray booths for the surface coating industry, as well as supplying associated accessories and parts.
Martin said: “India is a major part of our international supply chain, as we look globally to ensure our customers are getting the very best products from us, at the best price. Making regular visits to the facilities in our international supply chain is important to us, so that we can solidify our international relationships with suppliers and be assured that the highest level of quality control and production is being achieved.
“The purpose of this recent visit was to once again meet Santhosh Kumar and his family. Santhosh is the owner and MD of Clairon and Filtrowin, our main Indian supplier, who also has access to supplies from China. We are looking forward to a reciprocal visit from them to our factory in Bacup in late April.
“The visit was extremely successful, since as well as building relationships and refining prices on the supply of existing products, we also negotiated becoming the UK agent and distributor for their Clairon and Filtrowin brands of HVAC and spray booth air filters. As a result, we will be growing the already existing import of several containers per month to our Bacup facility.
“The continual evolution and development of our supply chain, will ensure that Beta Group continues to provide exceptional customer service, as well as reliable and efficient products, since we offer our services on both a contract and no contract basis, giving our customers absolute flexibility.”