Russell Finex

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Russell Finex's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Russell Finex is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Ray Singh, managing director,
accepting three Hounslow
Chamber of Commerce awards
Russell Finex headquarters and
manufacturing hub near Heathrow
Sieves and filters are used to remove oversized contaminants
from liquids and powders; they play a vital role in industry.
From the bread that we eat to other everyday items such
as toothpaste and cosmetics, almost everything we consume or
use will pass through a sieve or filter at some stage to ensure we
receive the quality we expect every time. Established in 1934,
Russell Finex is a global leader in the manufacture of high-quality
sieving and filtration solutions. From its manufacturing hub in
southwest London, Russell Finex has enjoyed 80 years of steady
growth and, by remaining focused and close to its core values,
has become an international leader in the market. Ray Singh,
managing director, explains the growth that the company has
experienced since its last appearance in
TheParliamentary Review
We are a leading specialist in the manufacture of high-quality sieving and filtration
solutions used throughout a wide range of industries. Since our last feature in
TheParliamentary Review
, we have expanded our workforce by around 25 per cent,
employing now over 250 members of staff. We have maintained a customer-oriented
business with innovation and design at its core, and still strive to offer the best and
widest range of separation equipment in the domestic and international market.
Staying specialised
We have adopted a “less is more” approach, and are trying to remain specialists
in the industry, rather than diversifying for the sake of diversification. Rather than
»Managing director: Ray Singh
»Established in 1934
»Based in southwest London
»Services: Supply of industrial
separation equipment and
high-quality spare parts
»No. of employees: 250
Russell Finex
Highlighting best practice
providing a varied portfolio of process
equipment, we invest significantly and
continuously in R&D programmes to
ensure that market-leading, innovative
separation solutions can be offered in
a highly competitive marketplace.
A large proportion of our success
in both domestic and international
markets has been a result of our strong
and loyal customer base. We have
invested significantly in establishing
and maintaining relationships with
customers across the world. Along
with a well-developed sales and
marketing strategy and strong after-
sales support, customers are also
involved in market research and
new product development. They are
also invited to training days for new
operators, where new equipment
is showcased. This provides a level
of transparency for our customers,
exposing them to new technologies
early in the product development
process and giving them the
opportunity to ensure products of
the future meet the coming needs of
This specialised, customer-dedicated
methodology has led to significant
growth in turnover; the 2017/18
financial year saw us turn over £39
million, which is a 50 per cent increase
over the last three years. We have
shown a marked increase in all areas
of the business, including graduate
placements and apprenticeships, which
help young people get into employment
and learn a trade. Such opportunities
are now scarce in the UK as a result of
manufacturing moving offshore over
the past 20 years. During this period,
however, we have maintained and
expanded our manufacturing plant and
capabilities on the outskirts of London,
Recent developments
Since our last feature, we have opened
a subsidiary in China and a sales office
in Brazil, meaning we are now operating
in the UK, Belgium, the USA, India and
China, with direct sales personnel in
Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, the
Netherlands and Brazil. Our growth
and expansion has not come without a
corresponding range of fresh product
offerings; in 2017, we launched the
Russell AMPro SieveStation™.
The Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ was
one of our key product launches last
year, and has contributed significantly
to the increased levels of demand we
are now experiencing. The machine
has been specifically developed for
the additive manufacturing (AM)
industry, which is currently experiencing
phenomenal growth. The product is a
modular powder management system
that can be used at any stage of the AM
industry’s process to provide repeatable
and reliable quality of powders.
The award-winning
Russell AMPro Sieve
Station™ for the
additive manufacturing
We have
significantly in
with customers
across the
Thisisessential, as these state-of-the-
art parts are supplied to the dental,
medical, aerospace and automotive
industries, just to nameafew.
To ensure that Russell Finex remains
appropriately equipped for a fast-paced
digital future, we have also invested in
our social media and marketing strategy,
with the aim of massively expanding our
online presence. We want to remain a
business that stays ahead of the curve,
and have recognised that this means
developing every area of the company.
Increased resources for
increased growth
One of our greatest challenges remains
to increase manufacturing capacity and
resources in keeping with the increased
business growth. We have streamlined
and expanded our UK facility with the
implementation of lean manufacturing
programmes and investment in new
equipment and techniques such as the
latest robotics, machining centres and
water jet cutters.
This investment has not only improved
productivity and the repeatability of
product manufacture, but has also
established a great foundation, future-
proofing the business for further
growth. Alongside this, an increase in
resources has played a key role in the
ability to meet a growing demand. We
have further improvements planned
for the future to secure the company
in the long term and ensure its global
ambitions are achieved.
We have faced a secondary challenge
in our move from being an SME with
its dominant market in the UK to a
medium-sized international company,
now with 80 per cent of our products
either being exported directly to
customers or moving through overseas
subsidiaries. This transition has not
only resulted in the need for improved
communication across the business,
but we have had to adapt as there
has been a need for the business
culture to shift slightly as the company
For UK manufacturing to survive in
the future, more businesses need to
step out into the unknown to lead
the charge for the sector. As long as
they are able to maintain a strong
foundation and a clear vision, then
many other companies could be
rewarded with the same returns that
we have seen.
need to step
out into the
SHAPA (Solids Handling and Processing Association):
»Export Award 2016 and 2018
»Innovation Award 2017 for the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ and
in 2016 for the Russell Screen Changer™
PPMA (Process and Packaging Machinery Association):
»Exporter of the Year 2016 and 2017
»Environmental Initiative of the Year 2017
Hounslow Chamber of Commerce:
»Business of the Year 2017
»Innovator of the Year 2017 for the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™
»Best Business for Marketing & Social Media 2017
EEF Future Manufacturing:
»Silver for Innovation category for the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™
Also shortlisted for the following awards in the past year:
»British Engineering Excellence Awards Mechanical Product of the
Year 2017 for the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™
»The Manufacturer MX Awards – World Class Manufacturing
High-quality separation
solutions for a wide
range of industries

This article was sponsored by Russell Finex. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy