About Us - Our History
Milton Keynes Pressings (MKP) was established as a family business in 1985, and after 30 years of growth now employs over 150 staff and services a wide variety of sectors. The Company’s progress has been built on supplying excellent customer service and solving engineering and manufacturing solutions, whilst remaining competitive in a global market place.
As the Company has grown, considerable investment has been made throughout the facility with the purchase of new presses, robotic plant and machine tools and the extension of the laser cutting facility. In order to allow flexibility, and ensure production remains as streamlined as possible with changing customer demands and schedules, the Company utilises a combination of a traditional Kanban manufacturing system with a more progressive MRP system.
The disciplines and accreditations required to be a first and second tier supplier into the automotive industry are employed throughout the organization for the benefit of all other sectors that MKP supply.
It has been vital to the development of the Company that the original engineering foundations have supported its growth. The roots of the Company can be traced back to 1974 when Ryeland Toolmakers (RT) was established as a press tool-making facility.
RT first operated from a small space in the Old Mill in Stony Stratford, sharing the building with other start up engineering businesses, before moving after nine months to a single story building of 1,000 sq. ft. close by. Two years later larger premises were required and a suitable building was found in Bletchley. In 1980 the Company had to move again because of space limitations and a factory of 5,000 sq. ft. was found. Ryeland now consisted of ten toolmakers and the Company was building itself a reputation for press tool-making expertise and starting to develop a large customer base, including many blue chip companies.
In the early eighties with two small try-out presses in the toolroom, an opportunity was presented to the Company to get involved in production. Three more presses were acquired and just by chance a small factory became available opposite. With the existing two presses a small production facility was established and production began. This part of the business was separated from Ryeland in 1985 and a new Company was incorporated and called Milton Keynes Pressings Limited (MKP). MKP started to expand quickly and new premises were sought and found on the Water Eaton Industrial Estate in Bletchley.
In 1989 MKP started to supply parts for the Vauxhall Frontera in Luton: this link with General Motors enabled MKP to quote for new business across the whole of GME global accounts.
Through the nineties expansion continued: Electrolux of Luton decided to close their in-house press-shop: MKP won the business and were able to acquire their presses at a modest price. By the late nineties, parts were being supplied to most GM plants around the world. Japanese manufacturing techniques were adopted with cellular manufacturing and Kanban systems becoming the accepted way to operate.
In 2001 MKP were awarded the Queens Award for Export: the highest award the Government can bestow on a British company.
In 2003 the assets of Cardale Engineering Limited were bought and moved to Milton Keynes. This purchase enabled MKP to gain immediate expertise in tube bending.
In 2004 the sheet metal facility of Maine Office Limited was purchased and moved to Milton Keynes.
In 2006 the assembly plant of Maine Office in Kings Langley was purchased. MKP had been a supplier to this company since the mid-eighties.
In 2010 the entire manufacturing facility for Maine Office was moved to Milton Keynes and established into existing factory space. The major challenge was moving, installing and refurbishing the powder coating plant which has had a major benefit to the whole Group.
In 2012 MKP was awarded the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. This means that MKP are in the top 5% of all GM suppliers in Europe and in the top 7% worldwide.
For our MKP Group brochure:
Stephen Moyle BA FCCA
Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with a degree in Business Studies.
After training and qualifying with Audi Volkswagen, Steve moved to the media sector to become Finance Director for a publishing and printing division of Johnston Press plc.
Steve has experience in a variety of business sectors and has worked at director level in various sectors, including automotive, media, legal services and engineering sectors.
Steve joined MKP Limited in 2014, and is part of the senior management team. Steve has responsibility for providing the MKP Group financial advice and guidance. He controls all financial & management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow maximisation and manages relationships with Group bankers, auditors and legal advisors.
Michael Read MSc
Group Managing Director / Owner
Mike has a Master of Science degree, acquired in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Systems.
He commenced his career as an apprentice toolmaker in Uxbridge, Middlesex. In 1974 he moved to the Milton Keynes area and founded Ryeland Toolmakers Ltd, renting a small unit in Stony Stratford.
Ryeland expanded and moved into component manufacture in the early 80’s. As the production side of the business expanded, Milton Keynes Pressings Ltd was incorporated in 1985.
In 2006 Mike bought the assets of Maine Office Limited and moved the manufacturing facility from Kings Langley to Milton Keynes.
Mike enjoys most sports and plays golf in his spare time.
Lee has been with Milton Keynes Pressings Ltd since 1994 and has well over 30 years’ experience in the Manufacturing Industry. Lee's focus and speciality is Press-Work and Welding, which also incorporates Robotic Programming.
Currently Operations Director, with responsibility for all processes within the organisation, working with and supporting all the various Manufacturing Managers to ensure customer satisfaction is the main focus, all this whilst achieving the best performance from employees. He involves himself in all aspects of the organisation and you may often find Lee engaged in purchasing and logistics, ensuring punctual and accurate deliveries, but he also keeps a keen eye on the quality of components and the safety and well-being of our employees.
Outside of work, Lee enjoys building electronic and mechanical projects, and also enjoys several hobbies including the production and development of specialist craft-beer.
Head of Sales
Phil brings far more to MKP Ltd than 28 years of experience in business development & Sales. Procurement & logistics are also key aspects of his role as Head of Sales. He brings vitality, professionalism and warmth, along with a mindset of service and advocacy to his everyday work & relationships with customers.
Phil’s primary focus is to build awareness of MKP's Group unique capabilities among prospective customers. Plus, develop & maintain current and past relationships with customers.
Prior to joining MKP, Phil worked at a senior level within Bombardier Transportation in the Rail Sector and Magna Seating in the automotive sector.
Phil has studied for the Institute of Purchase and Supply, along with Business Studies.
In addition to his love of Sport, Phil enjoys spending quality time with his family and getting out in the fresh air walking his dogs.
Jan Webber MSc
Group Quality Director
Senior Projects Manager
Jan is an apprentice served engineer with 40 years of engineering expertise.
After training and qualifying in the Aerospace industry, Jan moved forwards to Sheet metal and machining of prototype parts, F1, Metal Clamping / Steel wheel production and then into metal stampings
Jan has experience in a variety of engineering disciplines, which over time has progressed into 30 years of Quality Assurance.
Jan joined Milton Keynes Pressings in 1988, and is part of the senior management team, responsible for providing Quality and engineering advice and guidance to the Group. He controls the quality function, developing & introducing systems and procedures to ensure the continued production of products to exact customer specifications, reporting the results to the MKP group.
Neal is our Senior Project Manager and has a long association with the company going back 25 years; his first position was as a 12 year old sweeping and cleaning the tool-room on a Saturday morning.
After university where he studied business, Neal joined our Project Management department & leads a very strong and experienced team, responsible for the introduction of new products, from the initial enquiry through to full production. This is a varied role that entails a wide range of disciplines within Sales, Quality & Engineering.
Outside work, Neal enjoys keeping fit, playing football & spending time with his wife & daughter.
How To Find Us
Milton Keynes Pressings Ltd,
43a Barton Road, Water Eaton Industrial Estate,
Bletchley, Milton Keynes
T: +44 (0) 1908 271940 F: +44 (0) 1908 648906
The MKP Group benefits from a strategic location close to Junction 14 of the M1 Motorway.
We will be exhibiting at Advanced Engineering 2017 on the 1st & 2nd of November, Stand E22.
We look forward to meeting existing and new customers alike to discuss your manufacturing requirements.