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Wheatley Plastics invests in new Borche machine to keep up with demand

Plastics manufacturer Wheatley Plastics has invested in a third high-performance Borche injection moulding machine in response to increased production demand for larger scale mouldings.

Weighing 600 tonnes, the BU600 injection moulding machine will be the biggest in Wheatley Plastics’ manufacturing plant.

Investment in the new machine follows on from the purchase of a 200 tonne Borche injection moulding machine earlier this year and the purchase of a 150 tonne Borche machine last year.

The new machine, which was premiered at this year’s K Show in Dusseldorf, marries high-performance moulding with a high degree of energy efficiency thanks to its servo-drive system.

It will help the company keep pace with recent growth and an upturn in demand for larger plastic products.

BU Borche series features:

  • Euro standard safety features and CE approved
  • Next-generation Keba controller with touch screen option
  • Direct locking on tie-bars
  • Multiple inverter pump units for increased energy efficiency
  • 2-platen design with patented locking system
  • High-capacity plasticising units.

Since completing a management buyout in 2011, managing director Gary Knight has seen the company grow and grow with turnover more than doubling in that time.

Knight said: “We have been delighted with the performance of our Borche machines and expect Borche to be very much part of our future expansion plans, of which target further growth to £2m turnover within three years.”

Buying the latest machine brings the company’s investment levels to more than £350,000 in the last 12 months.

In addition to new injection moulding machinery the company has also invested heavily in material handling systems to improve efficiency at its mill site.

New machinery investments from the last 12 months include:

  • 600 tonne Borche injection moulding machine
  • 150 tonne Borche injection moulding machine
  • 200 tonne Borche injection moulding machine
  • 30 tonne BOY injection moulding machine
  • 55 tonne BOY injection moulding machine
  • Moretto drying and delivery systems

Much of the production growth and the company’s drive for efficiencies have been spearheaded by production manager Matthew Day who joined to company in July.

He has brought a rich vein of experience to the role having previously set up his own plastic injection moulding company which he sold in 2014.

Day said: “The production floor looks very different today than it did when I joined. The company is committed to growth and we have invested in some great machinery to help that happen.”

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