Manufacturing Excellence – A Case Study
Michael Wightman, NIM Chairman looks at Willis Renewables in Belfast, an excellent example of a small manufacturing business with an innovative product and a global horizon
John Willis runs Willis Renewables,a manufacturing business which started out as the Willis Heating and Plumbing Company in 1887. John’s father developed the Willis immersion heater many decades ago. Now John has developed the Solasyphon, which helps people retrofit their homes for solar power at a fraction of the cost of other systems.
The Willis order book is full, his phone is ringing and he’s spending a lot of time in the United States. His business is an example of the best of Northern Ireland manufacturing – a century of engineering excellence, which is taking that wealth of experience and readying itself for the future.