HotSeat – Andy Tibbs, Managing Director of Boddingtons Plastics

For more than 60 years Boddingtons have provided high-quality, cost-effective injection moulding and contract manufacturing services for the medical and technical sectors. Boddingtons Managing Director Andy Tibbs has been at the helm for over 9 years, and began his career in plastics back in 1990. He is the first PlastikCity Partner to face the HotSeat…

What trends do think will shape the future of UK plastics?

The future belongs to those of us who invest in ‘sunrise’ technologies and in international growth markets such as medical and healthcare. In additional to quality moulding, processors must also, wherever possible, offer value-added and inclusive services such as assembly, packaging, printing and – in our case – regulatory and legal services in order to bring new product to market.

How has Boddingtons responded?

We are fortunate to benefit from the ongoing investment of our parent group (Rubicon) in recent years; delivering brand new £4.6m bespoke manufacturing facilities, including Class 7 Cleanrooms for the production of Class 1 and 2 medical devices. The Boddingtons business has thrived on this support: Our quality, regulatory, and lean manufacturing teams have helped us win awards and new business year-on-year; we are marketing our manufacturing services in the US, the Continent and the UK; we are ISO 9001, ISO 13485 qualified and FDA

How has Boddingtons developed during your tenure?

The business has grown in all areas – quantitively; in terms of annual sales and profits, and also qualitatively; in terms of our technical capabilities and annual recognition in industry awards.

What do you credit as the key to your success?

Know when to take a risk – but even more so – when to walk away.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Managing all the outcomes from the annual Boddingtons golf day.

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry and does that differ from the advice you would give to an apprentice joining now?

It’s no different now. Anything is possible – apply yourself and don’t hesitate to grasp your opportunities.

What hidden talents do you have?

None. Leave it all out there on the field of play – or don’t play.

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Boddingtons Plastics
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