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A UK composite solutions and moulding company has collected a prestigious regional business award following the success of a strategic business u-turn.
Hartlepool’s E&F Fibreglass business started off some 25 years ago specialising in the manufacture of fibreglass and polyurethane. But despite winning the Hartlepool Business of the Year Award in 1998, E&F were faced in 2001 with a strategic rethink following competition in their main market, tank containers, that threatened the survival of the company.
Following a significant strategic rethink, E&F proceeded to re-invent itself as a composite solutions provider whilst maintaining the flexibility and innovation that remains part of the E&F philosophy. This vision led to a number of change initiatives, including a company re-branding exercise; major investment in closed mould technology; investment in 5 Axis CNC trimming technology; and development of people within E&F to support these investments.
Now one of the top five composite moulders in the U.K., E&F currently employs 77 people and has now set up a second site (12000ft ) dedicated to the moulding of caravan parts for the leading manufacturer in the UK market, Swift Group.
The Hartlepool Business Awards are held every 2 years to celebrate local achievement, supported by corporate sponsors such as the HSBC.
Winning the Best Business 2004 Award largely reflects the success of the decision to transform the business, and the investments that were made in new closed mould technology and 5 axis CNC trimming capability.
The company now operate within the highly competitive automotive industry with Caterpillar, JCB and Swift Caravans among its clients.
Managing Director, Mr Embleton said “we are very pleased to win this award. It means the world to us. It is recognition of all the hard work put in from the staff”.
Further developments are planned that will continue to strengthen E&F’s position as one of the leading players in the UK composite moulding market.
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