Forward – which takes its name from Birmingham’s motto – is a Tyseley-based SME. It manufactures, imports and distributes fasteners, turned parts, varied MRO solutions and integrated managed stores to various industries in the Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, Central/East Europe, West. Europe, North, Central and South America.
It specialises in the manufacture and supply of safety critical special fasteners and turned parts to their customers’ drawings and engineering requirements.
Forward supplies some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Much of its business is automotive and original equipment manufacturing but it also has an ever-increasing market share in the aerospace, rail, power generation, infrastructure, Ministry of Defence and oil and gas markets.
Its customers range from a one site operation here in the UK to multi-site international operations throughout the world, with partnership manufacturing sites in Europe, Taiwan, India and China, which have been developed over a long period of time. More news of its customers here: http://forwardindustrial.co.uk/contact-us/
Should the delivery of product be delayed, damaged or even sink, Forward can manufacture at no extra cost here in the UK, using its own manufacturing facilities for cold forging and turned parts that replicate its supply chain abroad, to keep production lines going until the problem has been resolved.
No other distributors can offer such a service – and often when a competitors’ product is delayed they will ask Forward to ‘infill manufacture’ for them.
In August, Forward hosted a well-attended networking brunch for Made in the Midlands members at the iCentrum building at Innovation Birmingham campus. Keith Johnstone, Forward sales manager, gave a presentation to members outlining the company’s ethos and its strategy of Source, Supply and Integrate.