Cox Marine takes action to overcome supply chain delays

Cox Marine has brought the production of its new major component in-house due to supply chain delays caused by covid-19.

The 300hp diesel outboard manufacturer has decided to bring its PTT (power, tilt and trim) system production in-house to alleviate pressures caused by supply chain delays and disruptions.

The company first began production of the CXO300 in May 2020. However, the pandemic has had a significant impact upon the British diesel manufacturer’s supply chain, particularly the delivery of the major component, the PTT system.

To resolve this, production of the PTT will now take place in-house at the Cox Marine headquarters in Shoreham-By-Sea, UK. Cox says this move enables it to keep the production of all sub-assemblies in-house, thereby ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout the build process of the CXO300 diesel outboard. Cox has also employed five new production staff.

The PTT system is built to handle extreme conditions and is a major component of the CXO300, integral to the delivery of its performance and efficiency.

“The pandemic has clearly had a long-term effect on the global supply chain, and this has also affected the marine market,” says Hugh Hudleston, head of sales, Cox Powertrain.

“The decision to bring the PTT line in-house is a very positive step for Cox as a business as it allows us to maintain control and keep up with the demand of the 300hp diesel outboard engine, while also minimising the potential for supply delays.”

The PTT line has been designed using a rigorous quality-control processes, matching those of the central CXO300 production line where the powerhead and transmission are built. The company says a ‘no fault forward’ philosophy ensures minimal assembly error and a streamlined approach to deliver the highest levels of quality.

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