It is not a well-kept secret that innovation now needs to be integrated into entire operations, from design to manufacture to end user, but executing this is only managed by very few. This is Coventry-based company Marchant Cain’s entire existence, its “bread and butter”.
Founded in 2006 by Rob Marchant and Pam Cain as a throwaway idea, the aim soon grew for the business to become a global leader in the supply of bespoke automotive parts.
Five years later, the company gained two major contracts, and now the business has doubled both their turnover and staff count in just the last two years.
If that wasn’t enough, Marchant Cain strategise, adapt and innovate their entire operation process. Refusing to be pigeon-holed or restricted in what they can create and innovate, the company think laterally and believe that they can apply their particular way of problem-solving to different areas of many industries.
The company’s expertise? This lies in the design, development and manufacture of door systems, including window regulators, electrochromic glass and active aerodynamic components, amongst a variety of other projects such as the design and delivery of highly-engineered bridges.
“We need to be thinking what is out there, what is happening?” Pam tells me. “How can we fit in what we do, augment it, adapt it, change it, develop it, to fit more markets and serve current ones?”
Innovation since day one
After developing a car which could be driven with the doors open – yes, open – in Vietnam, and designing and developing an active aerodynamic component for the Porsche 918 Spyder (below), both in 2011, the company was propelled.