Sumitomo Demag UK backs new training facility
A new training centre for domestic plastics processors is being opened in Daventry next month, backed some of the leading names in the UK industry.
In premises provided by equipment supplier Mouldshop, which has offices nearby, and using machinery supplied by Sumitomo Demag UK, Piovan and Sepro, the centre will aim to run three-day courses every month covering a range of disciplines, once it officially opens on 14 September.
Up to six people will be able to be trained at a time, according to Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo Demag UK, which is supplying a 100-tonne hydraulic machine and a 160-tonne electric machine.
Courses will be accredited by an external body, and space will also be available for mould trials and tests.
Flowers said: “The four companies have been involved in a ‘Get Active’ campaign for some time, spreading the word to customers about technical skills shortages and the need for more training facilities.
“Mouldshop had some spare premises near its existing site in Daventry and it was decided to locate the training centre there,” he added.
The facility will feature injection moulding demonstrations and training, as well as materials handling equipment, and space for presentations.
“It’s in a credible location in the Midlands, so will be convenient for a number of companies. And it will not be limited to existing customers of the four businesses,” Flowers added.
Flowers meanwhile said his firm had had a strong start to 2016: “We’re on target for the year and order income is good.”
Although he declined to reveal details of unit sales, Flowers said the average size of machines being sold to customers in the UK was on the rise, not least in the automotive sector, where demand was still strong, despite suggestions that activity in the sector was slowing.