I think I became aware of Coughtrie soon after buying a house in Glasgow in 1984 - as 2 of the SP10 units were fitted to the outside of the building.  I discovered happily that the firm was in Glasgow and went to buy another bigger SP10 (150W) to put over a garage after visiting the Hillington factory  (It cost £12.93 in August 1986!). I brought this one to my next house here in the South of England. I remember seeing these SP10 fittings everywhere and realised they must be the sort of good quality item specified by architects and other professionals. Pay more and get a quality item, that really lasts, and for which you can get spares years later. This suits me as someone who wants goods that do not break down within a few months, repairs things and keeps them going.  In the 1980s and 1990s this was NOT the zeitgeist at the retail level, but now I think it is becoming the proper thing to do, and rather "green"!

Paul M, South of England

Coughtrie International delivers World-Class lighting system to Grampian Prison


A major supplier to the UK custodial sector, Coughtrie International has recently completed another successful prison lighting project. 

Coughtrie International was initially identified as manufacturers of choice by the consulting engineers for the fit-out of Grampian Prison at Peterhead in 2011,and the process, which followed, exemplifies Coughtrie’s customer centric approach. 

Skanska PLC was awarded the contract for the entire build. Through WSP (consulting engineers for Skanska) detailed lighting design calculations where submitted for association areas, cells, toilets and core areas throughout the prison.

Neal Layton, managing director of Coughtrie International, said: “Coughtrie introduced the idea of replacing the initially specified traditional lamps with LED variants and this was accepted as cost effective by all concerned leading to “Total life” cost savings regarding maintenance and energy costs.  Several site visits where carried out in order to get accurate measurements for the bespoke cornice Stelcor units and to discuss build and delivery arrangements”.

Within the factory at Hillington it was agreed that a “pull system” would be utilised throughout the supply to maintain availability of delivery materials. With over 5,000 fittings being delivered to site over a six month period it was vital that this system was visible to everyone involved.

Accordingly, each level of each wing carried a bespoke configuration of units required for installation, these covered Rotolux for stairwells, U400 and Azilux Anti-ligature fittings for the cells and Stelcor cornice trunking for the association areas.

In order to maximise control over the value chain and ease delivery and installation Coughtrie agreed to manufacture one level per wing in advance and hold for the contractor to “pull” to site. Also, the next set of components would be held ready for manufacture within Coughtrie’s manufacturing facility in Hillington, Glasgow.

Once the first set of complete fittings had been delivered from Coughtrie this provided the signal for production to start on the next level utilising the components already available. As these components were consumed a Kanban (visual signal) was issued further down the supply chain to begin manufacture and delivery of the next set of components.

The system was recognised as a simple, but effective way of guaranteeing Skanska would always have materials available to fit and that components would always be available within the supply chain should small changes in requirements come about.

By adopting this flexible method of design and delivery Coughtrie were able to deliver world-class products without compromising delivery times or cost.