Wheatley Plastics adds new Technical Manager

Stockport plastic injection moulders Wheatley Plastics has added a new Technical Manager as the manufacturing company continues to grow.

Nigel Buckland joined the company in March and has already made an impact by recruiting a new Process Technician to take the total number of employees to 30.

With more than 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, Nigel joined Wheatley Plastics to help the company fulfil its vision of becoming a world-class manufacturer.

“It’s obvious that everyone at Wheatley Plastics takes pride in the quality of their work and that’s a big part of what attracted me to the company,” he said.

He continued: “They have strong links with groups like the Manufacturer’s Alliance, which is helping to boost UK manufacturing.”

Nigel joined Wheatley Plastics from Quadrant Engineering Plastics in Todmorden, Lancashire.

He has previously worked in aerospace and medical manufacturing and held a variety of positions including QESH Manager, Machine Shop Works Manager and Toolroom Manager.

Nigel will add his expertise to the company’s engineering function, developing processes and strengthening continuous improvement techniques 5S, Lean and Six Sigma.

Having interviewed candidates for an additional Process Technician position, Nigel’s next priority is to automate aspects of the component handling process.

Wheatley Plastics has ordered two Italian-manufactured Campatella component handling robots that will minimise worker involvement in the secondary production process, improving efficiency and consistency.

Late last year, Wheatley Plastics moved its manufacturing operation from a narrow three-story mill site to a modern 20,000 sq. ft facility in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

At the same time, the company invested more than £300,000 on new equipment and infrastructure, saving time and boosting efficiency by reducing non-value-added activities.

Managing Director Gary Knight said: “We are pleased to welcome Nigel on board and his enthusiasm has really impressed us so far.

“It’s clear that Nigel shares our vision for creating a world-class manufacturing environment for customers and working together we will try to achieve it.”

Gary Knight purchased Wheatley Plastics through a management buy-out in 2011. He had previously worked for the company for 15 years, starting as a tool setter.

Established for more than 60 years, Wheatley Plastics supplies plastic injection moulding services to industries including electronics, medicine, packaging, construction, retail and plumbing.

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