IPU


From humble beginnings

IPU are 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.
The core 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.
IPU 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.
Going global
    
Having 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

With a 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.
The 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."