08 July 2022

National Manufacturing Day in the UK

Yunex Traffic welcomes BCP Councillors and local school children to its factory in Poole

  • As part of National Manufacturing Day, Yunex Traffic’s Poole-based factory opened its doors to visitors.
  • BCP Councillors and local schoolchildren were given a guided tour of the award-winning factory.
  • More than 400,000 printed circuit boards are produced there each year and over 230,000 surface mount components are fitted every day.

Poole, 08 July 2022. To celebrate National Manufacturing Day, Yunex Traffic yesterday (7 July) opened the doors of its Poole factory to welcome a number of visiting dignitaries and parties of schoolchildren. The visitors all had an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the company’s factory, the global manufacturing base for Yunex Traffic worldwide.

Pictured with children from Longfleet primary School are (left to right): Thea Watt, New Business Development for Manufacturing at Yunex Traffic; Councillor Drew Mellor, Leader of BCP Council; Pippa Batchelor, Senior Product Manager at Yunex Traffic and Councillor Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader of BCP Council.
Children from Longfleet Primary School with their Yunex Traffic goody bags.

Supported by Make UK, the UK’s manufacturing organisation, National Manufacturing Day encourages companies to give communities a behind-the-scenes look at how their factories work, giving them a chance to see the range of skilled jobs on offer and the opportunities for apprenticeships, reskilling and career development in manufacturing.

Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Yunex Traffic UK, said: “We are proud to support this national initiative and were delighted to welcome Councillor Mellor, Leader of BCP Council to our state-of-the-art factory, together with Deputy Leader Councillor Broadhead, Economic Development Officer Eddie Kirby and over 90 local school children.

“We were particularly pleased at how excited the schoolchildren were to see inside the 8,500 square metre factory and how interested they were in the different processes. We hope to have given them a glimpse into the world of manufacturing and an insight into the wide range of careers that are available. Hopefully we’ve planted some seeds and we’ll see some of them working in our business in the years to come!”

As well as a tour of the factory and a talk on careers in engineering and manufacturing, the children all took part in a ‘micro:bit’ workshop. Used in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities, ‘micro:bit’ is a pocket-sized computer that introduces children to how software and hardware work together.

Yunex Traffic’s Poole facility is not only the global base for the company’s worldwide requirments, manufacturing a wide range of products from traffic signal heads and controllers to printed circuit boards, but it also provides a full manufacturing and consultancy service for other companies.

Children from Longfleet Primary School learning about micro:bit.