Scottish-firm Tunnocks has invested £4 million in new machinery to improve efficiency at its Uddingston site, which produces its Caramel Wafers and Teacakes.The firm spent £2m on new machinery earlier this year, including two foiling machines, two flow packs and a robotic case packer earlier this year. MD Boyd Tunnock told British Baker, the firm then spent another £2m on a state-of-the-art robotics system from Schubert to pack its teacakes, which it is “just bedding in” at the moment. It will be used to pack either six or 10 teacakes to a box, or 12 to a tray.“We already had four wrapping machines, but Schubert supplied the feeding systems to these wrapping machines as well as the robotic packer,” explained Boyd. He said that the bakery’s previous line had been running for 10 years and was inefficient. “Efficiency has now gone up by 20-25%. We’re using less labour and also getting a bigger throughput,” he added.Boyd told us that main change has been to teacake production, with five less people needed on the floor per shift. However he said the firm has not made any redundancies and is looking to move from a double shift per day, to three shifts, five days a week. He said the new machinery is about “long term payback”. “But as a family business we can afford to do that, and we’re willing to do that as we’ll be getting a better end product.” He added that the new machinery gives the firm the ability to increase production, but importantly it will allow it to maintain its current prices. The firm employs 550 staff, and turned over approximately £35m last year. It exports to over 30 countries worldwide, including Canada, the Canary Isles and Japan.
Bruce attempted to bring the Republic of Ireland striker to the KC Stadium in a failed deadline day move in September but succeeded at the second attempt last month. He gambled £6.5million on a player who might have been out of contract in the summer, but saw his first returns when Long scored 12 minutes into his home debut against Tottenham on Saturday. Press Association It was Hull’s first goal of the year and afterwards Bruce was beaming about his acquisition’s qualities on and off the field. “He’s a delight,” said Bruce. “A lot of times with professional footballers in the limelight, their misbehaviour at times makes us all cringe. “But he’s one of them we know for a fact lives his life properly, works hard and wants to play football. “We’ve been chasing him for the best part of six months, so for him to score after 12 minutes (of his home debut) was fantastic. “He’ll be a great addition, no question at all, because I’ve seen him over the years scoring goals like that. “But it’s not just that, it’s his attitude towards the game.” Long showed signs of a productive partnership with another newcomer, £7million man Nikica Jelavic, and Bruce hopes they can score the goals to keep Hull in the division. “I thought to myself at times against Spurs, ‘I wouldn’t want to be playing against those two’,” he said. “We’re hoping they can (become prolific), that’s the plan. That’s the reason I knocked on the chairman’s door. “We’ve added to the squad and brought in an extra bit of quality. No disrespect to the ones we had before but these two are far, far different to what we’ve had.” Hull manager Steve Bruce has hailed Shane Long as a player – and a person – to be proud of.
NEW DELHI: The sporting world might have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Indian cricketers are looking to keep up their fitness game despite the virus-induced break. In fact, strength and conditioning and injury rehabilitation has been the focus for the players as they look to stay ready for live action once normalcy returns.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments in the team management said that Virat Kohli and boys have been focusing on maintaining their fitness standards and the duo of trainer Nick Webb and physio Nitin Patel have also ensured that those — who had injury issues like Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Ishant Sharma — focus on their rehabilitation in this break. “The idea is to keep the players fit and raring to go. Strength and conditioning classes are on and as you are aware, the performance of the boys are checked by Webb and Patel through the Athlete Monitoring System (AMS). The duo give the players the required input after checking their progress on AMA. Apart from this, focus has also been on rehabs and treating niggles. “As you are aware, we had a couple of players who were injured before the coronavirus outbreak put an end to our series against South Africa. So, the physio has also been checking the progress that those players have made and ensuring that they reach the standards that a professional athlete must achieve before returning to live action. “In fact, when you are playing non-stop cricket and travelling like the Indian players have to, you also get niggles and that is not just restricted to the fast bowlers. It can also happen to batsmen and that is also an area that the support staff has been working on, to treat those little areas to make sure that the boys are not only fresh when they return to action, but also supremely fit,” the source pointed. Skipper Kohli had recently spoken about how he has been looking to maintain optimum fitness levels even while staying indoors. “Fortunately, I have all my gym equipment at home, so I am able to train and that’s not a problem for me. As far as the game goes, luckily, I am someone who has always been very keen on improving my mental state and not really focused on practising long hours in the net over a period of time,” he said on Star Sports. IANS Also Read: Virat Kohli tops Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to chasing: de Villiers