We live in an increasingly globalised society. Take a moment to look around you. The things that you see when added together likely have more air miles and have been to more places around the world than you.
The outsourcing of manufacturing is part and parcel of almost every business nowadays, so much so that consumers expect it. However, what about a world where you know exactly who has made each item you buy and where it came from? That’s a world that ATG believes in and why we prefer to swim against the tide rather than going with the outsourcing flow.
In an industry driven by outsourcing, ATG® is and always has been a traditional manufacturer that uses the very latest technologies to deliver class-leading gloves. We do everything ourselves and guarantee that nothing is outsourced.
We see many benefits in producing our own gloves. However, in this article we’ll focus on the most important one: control.
Control of what exactly?
The list goes on; however, it always comes back to that one thing: control. In a world of outsourcing, people tell us more and more that they want to be sure that they are dealing with the manufacturer and not a brand that they then find is available from a number of vendors and is undoubtedly outsourced. So where does it all start?
Research and Development
We just keep it simple by integrating our R&D facilities into the heart of our production facilities to ensure that the ideas and the technology behind our gloves as developed by R&D are not lost when they are transferred to our production lines. This simple approach also enhances the collaboration between our production and development teams, and encourages faster knowledge exchange, which leads to efficient research and dramatically shortens the development cycle of each new product or product improvement.
Making gloves is Like putting a jigsaw together. There are so many parts that need to be interconnected with one another to solve the puzzle, and making gloves is no different.
John Taylor, Chairman ATG
The Drive for Knowledge and expertise
It doesn’t just happen within ATG, as we actively collaborate with leading universities, specialised industries as well as with industry experts. This is one of the reasons why ATG is able to stay at the forefront of the latest developments and scientific breakthroughs in the industry. We design and develop gloves that perfectly match our users’ needs of today and tomorrow. By providing them with not just another glove, but with a totally new glove experience, we’re able to guarantee to every user optimum safety, comfort and cleanliness.
Glove cleanliness is something ATG® takes very seriously. It’s important for the environment, our employees who produce our gloves and, of course, those who wear our gloves. With legislation becoming more demanding and more technical, we feel the best way to guarantee compliance is by producing products in-house. The REACH legislation that came into effect in June 2007 is an excellent example. Totalling 849 pages, it has been described as the most complete and most complex legislation regulating chemical substances. Having full ownership of the technology behind and within our gloves also enabled us to gain dermatological accreditation through a partnership with the Skin Health Alliance (SHA), giving, for the first time within the safety industry, professional glove users the confidence that our full range of gloves is dermatologically safe as the science and research behind our gloves are robust.
Quality is not something that we check at the end of the production line. Rather, it is integrated into our facilities from the start of the process to the end. This is achieved by quality teams and quality champions who monitor production and make corrective actions as part of their daily job.
By using such an approach, quality has become woven into the fabric and culture of the company. This is formally expressed through ISO 9001 accreditation, which we, like many companies, use as a framework to help us to deliver consistently high-quality gloves. In combination with ISO 14001, it enables us to make our manufacturing operations more efficient with low levels of waste whilst being mindful of the environment in which we operate.
Bringing It Altogether
It is the responsibility and combined effort of the many teams that work within the supply chain to seamlessly design, develop, produce, distribute, educate and support. In an industry driven by outsourcing, ATG® is and always has been a traditional manufacturer that uses the very latest technologies to deliver class-leading gloves. We do everything ourselves and guarantee that nothing is outsourced.