M3.01 Problem Solving

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Work based assignment.M3.01 Problem solving. Background Jonesco was established in 1967 to manufacture steel mudguards for commercial vehicles. In the mid-1970s the Company began to manufacture plastic mudguards to complement those made from steel. Whilst continuing to manufacture mudguards from steel, the plastic mudguard has rapidly gained prominence in most markets and now accounts for 97% of mudguard sales. The Company has grown continually and in December 1989 moved to a purpose-built 4-acre (16.200m2) site with space for further development and production. In 1998 an extension to the building allowed for several new machines to provide large capacity production of tool boxes and fire boxes. Jonesco plastic products are leading brand names with a high reputation and market share. They are widely fitted as original equipment and first installation. High quality, durability, competitiveness, service, high supply performance and support of a loyal distribution chain have gained this position and in 2005 Jonesco began to explore a new market. New Environmental Protection regulations in the UK meant it was an ideal time to enter the industry. Research and Development then began on products such as Spill Pallets, Work floors, Drum Trolleys, IBC Bunds and many more. As the demand for such products became greater, more room was needed, and in the winter of 2006 the Company added another extension allowing extra machinery, assembly and storage for these large sized products. Our major share of the UK market is complimented by our international sales to a further 42 countries; international sales now accounts for more than half of all sales. Jonesco (Preston) Ltd. also owns a French subsidiary. Jonesco products are manufactured by the process of rotational moulding and Extrusion. Description of problem The biggest problem we face as an expanding company is that

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