Welcoming guests from various companies including Tex Plastics, Broanmain, Lysis Technologies, Numatic and Sharpak, Pentagon Plastics had the honour of hosting the third BPF (British Plastics Federation) Factory Tour.
Welcoming guests from various companies including Tex Plastics, Broanmain, Lysis Technologies, Numatic and Sharpak. Also attending as the guest speaker was Richard Brown of RJG Technologies. RJG provide award winning training for moulders.
The event was opened by Dr Sara Cammarano of the BPF, who detailed the benefits to members of the SIMPL (Safety in Manufacturing Plastics) initiative. This industry-led initiative was launched in October 2010, to improve health and safety across the whole of the plastics industry, working closely with the HSE.
Handing over to Paul Edwards, MD of the Pentagon Plastics Group (incorp Pentagon Plastics Ltd and Phoenix Engineering), Paul delivered an insight into the rich history of the group and the goals and hurdles that they foresee in the future.
With the ever prevalent skills gap a hot topic in most manufacturing sectors, Richard Brown delivered an interesting and insightful talk of the training and apprenticeships that are available within the industry. In an age where technology is always advancing, it is easy to look at renewing and updating equipment as the key area of investment. However, if you do not have the skilled staff to operate them with the advanced level of processing knowledge, you will not see a return on that investment. In short, businesses need to put resources in to training and developing staff, and this should be an ethos that is driven by the management team.
After digesting a wealth of useful and relevant information, the guests were guided through the manufacturing facilities of the group’s companies, looking at the moulding processes, expanse of toolroom capabilities and post moulding operations.
Rounding off a very busy morning, the event finished up with a great networking lunch, allowing attendees to discuss the information and activities from the morning to enhance their visit.
Following on from the extensive investment programme over the past few years and the acquisition of Phoenix in 2016, Pentagon was thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase their business to other industry peers. They are proud of how far they have come over the last 45 years and excited for the future of their business looking ahead.
Paul Edwards commented:
“I was very proud that the BPF asked us to host this event and it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have been doing over the last 6 years at Pentagon.
“I strongly believe that the plastics industry in the UK will go from strength to strength provided those in it work together, but it is also essential that we encourage people to join the industry at all levels.
“A big thank you has to go out to all of our staff who rallied round to make sure we looked our best and their enthusiasm was infectious!”
Dr Sara Cammarano said:
“We are very grateful to Pentagon Plastics Group for accepting to hosting the factory tour and for the great organisation of the event. We were delighted with the feedback from this event, which offered a unique opportunity to learn about a fascinating growing company while viewing both its injection moulding and tooling facilities.
“Visitors were also offered excellent insight into available apprenticeship schemes and reported that the day provided first-rate networking opportunities too. “