From humble beginnings
a Black Country success story with a footprint not only across the region but
across the World. Born out of an old slaughterhouse, next door to co-founder George
Wedge Butchers Shop in Wolverhampton they are now based in West Bromwich with a
global footprint in Malaysia and across the far east, including China,
Singapore and Thailand as well as Australia and France.
business of IPU is power generation, counting virtually every diesel generator
manufacturer in their customer base, as well as most UK genset installation and
maintenance companies. They also supply their engineered solutions to other
industries, including: Oil & Gas, Marine, Industrial Engines, Mining &
Quarrying and Land Based Industries.
started as a provider of JLO Engines, imported from Germany after the 2ndWorld War, generating a range of contracts before extending their product range
to include Dori Motors and Ferris Mowers as demand for JLO engines lessened in
the 1980s. A three-division structure formed in the 1990s, concentrating on
Engine Starting, Engine Control and Groundcare.
consolidated its business structure, the company then started to expand both
domestically with a move to new premises in Oldbury, followed by a global
expansion with a sales office opened in Kuala Lumpar and distributors set-up
across the Far East including China, Thailand and Singapore.
Keeping pace with growth
growing workforce IPU began to face an ongoing challenge of making sure they
had the skills in their current and future workforce to ensure they can satisfy
the demands of their business, which is where the Black Country Consortium have
stepped in to help.
opportunity of funding to support training was a big factor when agreeing to
work with the Black Country Consortium. Training courses can be so expensive
and apprenticeships have dropped off (something IPU are addressing) but as an
organisation committed to people development IPU needed to deliver training
activity for their staff - step forward the Black Country Consortium Skills Factory.
Skills from the Skills Factory
The Black Country Consortium Skills Factory is a Local Enterprise Partnership initiative aimed at addressing
skills shortages in the five transformational sectors in the Black Country. Due
to the investment from the Black Country Consortium IPU have been able to send
a number of staff on a range of training courses to allow them to upskill on
key business tasks including Excel, Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Human Resources.
Keith Box (Group HSEQ Manager, IPU) said
"By being able to offer the training it has resulted
in staff members becoming more competent in key skills required for their role and
morale has been boosted by the investment in improving their skills. 10% of the 80 strong UK workforce have been offered and completed
training so far, with more to follow in the future."