Celebrating their dedication to its staff and their training, Prince Edward, visited Sheffield-based Platts & Nisbett today to see how the company’s dedication to its team enables them to continue manufacturing their ‘made to measure’ surgical instruments to clinicians worldwide.
His Royal Highness was given a tour of the factory to see the surgical instruments being made by hand; meeting apprentices and their mentors who continue to drive the tried and tested traditional manufacturing principles.
Unlike other surgical instrument makers, the company is also able to offer a unique in-house, hand crafted service that allows instruments to be intricately made to meet surgeon’s exact specifications.
This enables the manufacturer to cater for unusual requirements such as left handed instruments and larger devices accommodating for the rise in obesity.
Apprentices are mentored by skilled colleagues throughout their career, with apprenticeships taking five - six years.
Alyson Nisbett, Managing Director of Platts & Nisbett, said: “It was a real pleasure to show His Royal Highness around Platts & Nisbett, and for him to see first hand our dedication to quality and traditional manufacturing.
“The logistics and the marketplace may change over the years, but the core values of our company will never alter, which is why we not only retain our staff, but our products continue to be a popular choice with clinicians.”
Richard Badger, Production Foreman, said: “I joined as an apprentice fitter upon leaving school in 1984 and I now play a key role in training the apprentices. It is great to pass on my skills to the new recruits I am now teaching.
“It’s been a fantastic day welcoming a royal visitor and the team have really enjoyed it.
Platts and Nisbett Ltd has a team of over 20 highly skilled engineers who were all apprentice trained, some have been working at the company for over 30 years. Platts & Nisbett was awarded the prestigious ‘Made In Sheffield’ credentials in 2008.
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