Operating from a modern 50,000 sq ft world class facility in East Yorkshire, the company have been providing advanced technical solutions in the injection moulding sector for over 25 years.
2018 is set to be another exciting year for the business with a number of key developments taking place.
Transition from ISO-TS16949 to IATF 16949 Automotive Standard Completed
Having served the automotive industry in a tier II capacity since its inception, the company has developed a strong reputation for quality and service in the supply of technical automotive products. The industry recently upgraded its standard, driven by the ‘International Automotive Task Force’, to which all suppliers must achieve certification. Advanced Plastics recently completed this transition and are awaiting issue of their IATF 16949 certificate, making them one of the first injection moulders in the UK to complete the transition process.
The Automotive sector accounted for approximately 40% of the company’s £16M turnover in 2017, with the remaining customer base benefiting from the stringent standards provided by an IATF16949 certified supplier.
Continued Growth and Market Diversity
Having achieved controlled and sustainable year on year growth for the past 10 years the business has a continuation of new projects in the pipeline to support a plan to achieve £20M turnover by 2020 across a diversified range of market sectors.
Continued Investment in Automation & Technology
The company currently has 34 modern injection moulding machines ranging from 40T to 1500T, the majority working in conjunction with six axis robotics and in-line automation. Early 2018 will see a further four machines added to the range with associated robotics and automation.
The first collaborative robot (Cobot) has been purchased to work alongside human operatives in the production process.
Recent investment has also been made in support facilities including two seats of 3D CAD and Laser Scanning Technology.
Automated production monitoring and CMMS software solutions are also currently in the evaluation phase and will be introduced during 2018.
Continued Investment in People
Having achieved a Plastics Industry Award in 2017 for their commitment to training and development, the business continues to forge ahead with further apprentices taken on and training taking place in areas such as; Lean Six Sigma, Business Improvement Techniques, Injection Moulding, Mental Health Awareness, IATF16949, 3D CAD and Laser Scanning to name but a few.
Chris Pearson, Director, commented:
“As we grow towards £20M turnover, our team will grow to circa 200 members and we need to be ready with adequate skills embedded in the business.”