Richard Ludlam

Tie the knot with ERIKS SupplyPartner Programme

by Richard Ludlam

Best-Selling American author, John. C. Maxwell once wrote “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – and at ERIKS Industrial Services we truly believe that by working together, we can achieve great things.

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Brexit: predictable uncertainty. How we’re working with customers to manage the challenges of Brexit

by Richard Ludlam

After four years of uncertainty, we have now moved to a position where the terms of the future relationship with our largest trading partner are becoming clearer.  However, the devil, as the saying goes, is in the detail; much of this still remains to be worked out if we’re to return to anything close to the seamless and business-friendly model that we’ve enjoyed for the last 40 years.

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Achieving your AMIS aims

by Richard Ludlam

For over 30 years, the MCP Consulting Group has been taking businesses on the Asset Maintenance Improvement System (AMIS) journey. Helping clients to move their maintenance organisation from “Chaos”, through “Control” to “World-Class”, it’s a journey recently undertaken by a large distillery, with the help and support of ERIKS Integrated Solutions.

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Supply chain disruption is driving reshoring. But are we ready?

by Richard Ludlam

The trend towards reshoring has been growing for some time.  It was initially prompted by Brexit, combined with a decline in the value of the pound, tariff disputes, geopolitical uncertainty and climate change. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, which has caused major disruption to global supply chains, has forced many manufacturing companies to take a long hard look at how and where they produce products and systems.

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Supply Chain Globalisation v Regionalisation

by Richard Ludlam

As early as February this year, Fortune reported that the coronavirus has caused disruption to the supply chains of 94% of Fortune 1000 companies.  Since then, as the pandemic accelerated through the Spring months and then ebbed and surged around the world, we’ve seen ever greater disruption to companies large and small.

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Protectionism and Supply Chain Disruption

by Richard Ludlam

One of the positive elements to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – yes, there have been some positives – has been the ability of large parts of the UK manufacturing and supply chain base to adapt quickly and with remarkable resilience to dramatic change.  

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Is there a face masks cover-up?

by Richard Ludlam

PPE facemasks may be more readily available due to increaing demand, but are they performing the job that you need them to do? So, the question is can you tell the safe from the substandard, the fake and the dangerous?

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When the Covid-19 dust settles, what will the industrial supply chain look like?

by Richard Ludlam

The threat caused to global supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic may be receding, but underlying challenges still remain.  As we report in our recent white paper, ‘Is the Manufacturing Supply Chain Model Broken?’ in recent years there have been growing threats to the integrity of extended global supply chains. 

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Does COVID-19 mark the return of just in case inventory management?

by Richard Ludlam

In the coming months and years, as COVID-19 hopefully becomes a progressively distant memory, we’re going to see many industrial companies take a long hard look at their supply chains.

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The growing importance of cleaning in the workplace

by Richard Ludlam

As we prepare our return to work, cleaning will take a more prevalent role in our daily activities. Many of you wouldn’t have been onsite or in the office for the past few months, but that hasn’t stopped the dust and other airborne contamination attacking your workspace.

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