16 August 2016
16 August 2016
Formaplex has commissioned a further 5 injection moulding presses to increase component production capabilities.
Formaplex explains that, following the investment of £15m over recent years, it has purchased 5 new Negri Bossi mould presses, including a 2,000T model totals a further £1m investment. This will increase its plant list to include 16 injection mould presses, ranging from 3,500t - 55t.
Formaplex says that the additional machines will increase capacity for prototype and low volume production runs by 50%. Tool trial capacity will also increase. As a fully integrated services supplier, its facilities are also used by customers for off-line tool trials and development validation before taking tools back to their production lines. It operates round the clock to meet time critical delivery schedules, its policy of continuous investment in the latest technology, combined with a 'can do' attitude, ensures complete accuracy and fast response times for customer satisfaction.
Mark Swan, Area Sales Manager for Negri Bossi said, "Since we were first approached by Formaplex in 2004 to supply them with injection moulding machines we, at Negri Bossi, have worked very closely with them and have become an integral part of the extraordinarily successful journey that Formaplex has experienced. From the onset, we recognised that Formaplex were going places and we fully understood that in order for them to offer world class manufacturing solutions, they needed a world class provider of injection moulding machines. We were prepared to take on the challenge. They were looking to work with a partner who was not only a market leader, but that could offer the right range of machines developed using the latest technological advances with a support structure to match. We are very proud to be the sole supplier of injection moulding machines to Formaplex and we are delighted to have built such a strong relationship with this dynamic company."
Simon Pattrick, Mould and Assembly Manager at Formaplex comments, ''Negri Bossi have consistently supported the rapid growth of Formaplex with reliable, high quality moulding machinery. Our business is founded on our ability to deliver innovative, high quality products in rapid timescales to prestigious customers in many demanding sectors. The level of service and agility of the support we receive from Negri Bossi ensures we are able to achieve this.''
Formaplex Director, Russ Hammacott comments, ''We achieved sales of £45m in 2015, and with targets set at £52m for 2016, we are growing from strength to strength. The level of manufacturing has steadily increased, we now proudly employ over 400 staff, with a diverse team of design engineers and consultants to offer an extremely high level of technical expertise. The additional moulding capacity will support our growth into 2018.''
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