Formaplex increases production capacity
Tooling designer and injection moulder Formaplex has invested £1m in five injection moulding machines to increase its component production capabilities.
The addition of these five new Negri Bossi moulding machines, including a 2,000 tonne model, will increase the Hampshire-based company’s manufacturing and production facilities to a total of 16 injection moulding machines , ranging from the smallest 55 tonne machines to a 3,500 tonne machine, taking its investment to more than £15m in recent years.
Mark Swan, Southern area sales manager for Negri Bossi, says his firm has “worked very closely” with Formaplex, after being approached by it in 2004 to supply injection moulding machines.
The additional machines will increase capacity for prototype and low volume production runs by 50%. Tool trial capacity will also increase. The firm’s facilities are also used by customers for off-line tool trials and development validation before taking tools back to its production lines. Formaplex operates round the clock to meet time-critical delivery schedules.
Simon Pattrick, Formaplex mould and assembly manager says: ‘’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 achieved sales of £45m in 2015 with a target for 2016 set at £52m. It currently employs more than 400 staff, with a diverse team of design engineers and consultants. Adrian Chapman, Formaplex’s technical director, says: “We liaise closely with customers to ensure part designs suit injection moulding processes and result in quality, moulded component parts.”