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Trend makes smart supplier switch for flagship climate control panel

04 February 2019

Changing suppliers is a big decision. Even more so when you are the UK market leader for building management control systems and are launching your next generation climate control system for use in high-end hotels and commercial office buildings worldwide.

Part of the Honeywell Group of companies, Trend Control Systems nevertheless took the decision to partner with Broanmain Plastics to oversee the design and development of 27 individual mould tools and manage the on-going production of the casing, light pipes, switches and Kanban schedule for its top-range modular IQ4E climate control system. 

Peter Light, Supplier Development Engineer at Horsham-based Trend Control Systems describes Broanmain’s enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude as one of the factors that impressed him most when visiting the Dorking-based technical moulder. Scoring really well in the highly rigorous selection process, Peter reflects: “The IQ4 is our premium product and is one of the most important parts of our business. Choosing a flexible supplier and bringing production close to our manufacturing site were both important factors. We needed a company that could manage both the tool design and mould the components.

“Even though moving to a new supplier that we’d never worked with before is unprecedented, especially when designing a flagship new product, meeting Wilf and the Broanmain team instantly filled us with confidence.”

Read the full article in the February issue of DPA

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