Rosti: partners from concept to reality
With a global reach and local focus, Rosti is stewarding businesses of all sizes through one of the most turbulent periods in supply chain history.
With supply chain stretched to breaking point and manufacturers struggling to meet volatile and fluctuating volumes during the pandemic, it is clear that realising the strength of a truly global supply chain is no longer an advantage, but a necessity.
From concept to reality, Rosti is a proactive partner in solving these issues. From manufacturing to supply chain management, it works with businesses to realise their short and long-term objectives, injecting agility, resilience and expertise at every step. From concept to delivery, it is a collaborative partner, harnessing the power of its global supply network and bespoke manufacturing capabilities.
Collaboration from concept to delivery
In supply chain, Rosti leverages a network of more than 25 suppliers, serving 76 countries, to deliver high-quality, cost-efficient components, materials, electronics and services. Its dedicated quality assurance team routinely measures and assesses suppliers to ensure compliance and best-in-class delivery.
Meanwhile project managers and other experienced specialists partner with businesses from the design stage, ensuring that challenges are identified and overcome early on in the transformation process. This hands-on approach also means goods and services are available when partners need them, minimising downtime, reinforcing efficiency and ensuring production process run smoothly and more reliably.
A specialist in manufacturing, Rosti can also call on eight manufacturing sites around the world, offering a variety of contract manufacturing services. To support business from concept to reality, partners can exploit rapid 3D prototyping to increase the speed to market. Rosti also offers a suite of moulding, tooling management, decoration, labelling and other finishing services to support the process end-to-end.
“We bring integrity and commitment to every partnership”
Through innovation centres around the world, including in the UK, Eastern Europe, and Asia, Rosti is dedicated to remaining close to customers and fostering a truly collaborative mindset. Established upon a history of pioneering injection moulding solutions, the business has expanded rapidly since its founding in 1944. But Rosti has stayed true to its founding values, placing attention to detail, flexibility and accessibility at the heart of the operation.
Wherever customers find themselves along their journey, Rosti is a partner they can rely upon throughout the entire project. "Multinational corporations trust us because of our expertise and experience in multiple industry sectors,” the company says. "Smaller companies often work with us because of the support and care we bring to every project. Regardless of size, we bring integrity and commitment to every partnership.”
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IHS Markit/CIPS: UK Manufacturing PMI near-record high
UK manufacturing trends
For the UK manufacturing sector, growth of output and new orders were both reported by IHS Markit and CIPS as among the best seen over the past seven years, which in turn has led to a strong increase in employment. Despite this, the sector continues to face supply chain delays and input shortages, which resulted in increased purchasing costs and record selling price inflation.
UK Manufacturing IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®)
Seasonally adjusted, IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) rose to 60.9 in April, which was an increase compared to March (58.9) and above the estimated 60.7 for April.
Increasing for the eleventh consecutive month, the latest readings are the highest since July 1994 (61.0). The output growth for April has been attributed to the loosening of lockdown restrictions, improving demands and a rise in backlogged work.
“The manufacturing sector was flooded with optimism in April as the PMI rose to its highest level since July 1994, bolstered by strong levels of new orders and the end of lockdown restrictions opened the gates to business. It was primarily the home market that fuelled this upsurge in activity though more work from the US, Europe and China demonstrated there were also improvements in the global economy. This boom largely benefited corporates as output growth at small-scale producers continued to lag behind,” said Duncan Brock, Group Director at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.
In addition to expanding production, total new orders rose for its third consecutive month, which was attributed to a revival of domestic market conditions, stronger client confidence, parts of the economy reopening and improving global market conditions.
While new exports rose in April, the rate was reported as weaker in comparison to new orders. “Companies reported improved new work intakes from several trading partners, including mainland Europe, the US, China and South-East Asia. Large-sized manufacturers saw a substantial expansion in new export order intakes, compared to only a marginal rise at small-sized firms,” said IHS Markit/CIPS.
UK Manufacturing’s outlook
Remaining positive at the start of the second quarter, 66% of companies forecast that output will be higher in a year's time, which is attributed to expectations for less disruption related to COVID-19 and Brexit, economic recovery, improved client confidence and new product launches.
“Further loosening of COVID-19 restrictions at home and abroad led to another marked growth spurt at UK factories. The headline PMI rose to a near 27-year high, as output and new orders expanded at increased rates. The outlook for the sector is also increasingly positive, with two-thirds of manufacturers expecting output to be higher in one year’s time. Export growth remains relatively subdued, however, as small manufacturers struggle to export,” said Rob Dobson, Director at IHS Markit.
Adding to comments from IHS Markit and CIPS, , Managing Director of Freight and Logistics at Accenture Global said: “While today’s figures are positive overall, the worsening supply situation is still a concern, with rates of both input costs and selling price inflation running far above anything previously seen. Shipping delays and material shortages are driving huge backlogs of uncompleted work and the surge in manufacturing orders is leading to many firms struggling to boost operating capacity to keep up with demand. With business expectations becoming even more optimistic as the economy rebounds, the big question will be whether firms will be able to cope with the surging inflows of new orders.
“As ongoing supply chain issues are still at large, companies with wide international footprints should look to reassess their logistics strategies by running supply chain stress tests and simulations in order to respond quickly to upswings and variability in demand. A flexible and resilient supply chain will be a key way for businesses to remain both competitive and stable as we emerge from the pandemic”