HotSeat | Mark Amphlett, Co-Director at Moulders Consulting

Moulders Consulting has two directors with combined industry experience spanning more than 45 years. Mark Amphlett is responsible for sales, marketing and was responsible for managing an injection moulding factory that experienced a spell of rapid growth under his leadership, where he developed his own MRP system for the industry. But now it’s time for him to face the PlastikMedia HotSeat…

What trends do you think will shape the future of UK plastics? How will Moulders Consulting respond?

The UK plastics industry will embrace Industry 4.0 concepts, including automation, data exchange, and smart manufacturing, leading to more efficient production processes and data-driven decision-making.

Moulders Consulting can offer digital transformation services to plastics manufacturers, including Saas ERP & MRP, Scheduling, implementing IoT devices, data analytics, and AI-powered solutions to optimise operations, improve quality control, and reduce downtime. This will ultimately help Moulders to become more profitable, therefore giving them the advantage over the rest of the market who have not as yet embraced technology.

How has Moulders Consulting developed during your tenure?

We are incredibly excited to be in a position where we can empower Moulders with our cutting-edge ERP, MRP, and Scheduling solutions, bringing data to their fingertips just in time! Our latest software version has been thoroughly tried and tested in real manufacturing environments, and we are thrilled to share that it has already proven to achieve remarkable increased efficiencies for all our customers.

Passion and enthusiasm drive us as we focus wholeheartedly on our customers’ success – communication is the key to building strong, trust-filled relationships. We not only possess in-depth industry knowledge in the plastics industry but also understand the importance of providing prompt and professional responses to any questions that may arise. With our industry-focused ERP/MRP system, we ensure that Moulders have the support they need to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

One of our unique selling points is our ability to guide and assist our clients in building well-structured BOMs (Bill of Materials) that logically break down moulded components, bought-in parts, and secondary operations. By streamlining materials resource planning, we minimise downtime, ultimately saving money and further boosting efficiency! We take immense pride in contributing to our clients’ success by providing solutions that not only optimise their operations but also propel them towards growth and excellence.

At the core of our work is a deep passion for revolutionising the plastics industry, and this drives us to continuously innovate and refine our software solutions. With each success story, our enthusiasm grows, fueling our commitment to deliver outstanding results and exceed expectations.

In a dynamic world where time is of the essence, our just-in-time data delivery empowers Moulders to make informed decisions quickly and confidently. We celebrate the accomplishments of our customers as they achieve newfound efficiencies and embrace their journey toward a brighter, more prosperous future. Our goal is to be the trusted partner that Moulders can rely on, knowing that we are dedicated to their success every step of the way. Together, we forge a path toward a more efficient, sustainable, and successful plastics industry.

What do you credit as the key to your success?

As a professional with firsthand experience managing an SME injection moulding facility, I have gone through the challenges and growth pains of tripling the size of a moulding business in a relatively short period. This personal experience allows me to empathise and relate to my clients, giving me a unique perspective when assisting them and navigating the implementation of new systems.

My dedication to delivering the best possible service for my clients drives me in every project I undertake. I prioritise effective communication, honesty, and working with integrity to establish strong and trusting relationships with my clients. I believe that transparency and open dialogue are crucial for successful partnerships.

My knowledge and expertise in the injection moulding industry enables me to provide practical solutions to my clients’ operational challenges. Having encountered and overcome similar hurdles, I understand the pain points that may arise during growth and can guide my clients toward the most effective strategies.

Beyond technical expertise, I am committed to embracing sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. I actively seek opportunities to incorporate eco-friendly materials and processes, ensuring that my clients’ businesses align with modern sustainability demands.

Staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies is important to me, as it allows me to offer innovative and cutting-edge solutions to my clients. I continuously invest in my professional development to ensure that I remain at the forefront of the industry.

Overall, my passion for what I do, combined with my professionalism, knowledge, and dedication, positions me as a trusted and reliable partner for my clients. I take great pride in assisting them on their journey toward success, providing optimal solutions, and contributing to the advancement of injection moulding practices in the industry.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

I’d say there are 3 –

Embracing advancements in plastics manufacturing technologies and materials is essential for maintaining competitiveness. Keeping up with the latest technologies and integrating them into existing processes can be a significant challenge, and I guess change management is related to this challenge.

Attracting and retaining skilled talent is crucial for any organisation’s success. I’ve always strived to create a positive work culture, provide opportunities for professional growth, and address workforce challenges, such as skills gaps.

But most of all – communication! Trying to get everyone to understand that excellent communication is vital to the success of any business cannot be comprehended by all…

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?

As someone entering the plastics industry, I wish I had received the radical advice to challenge the status quo and disrupt traditional practices. The plastics industry has long been criticised for its negative environmental impact, and as a newcomer, I would have encouraged myself to question conventional methods and actively seek sustainable alternatives. Promoting the benefits of the plastics industry and educating all who question its environmental impact.

The advice for both past me and the current apprentice is to be a sustainability champion within the plastics industry. Embrace innovation, challenge traditional practices, and actively contribute to reshaping the industry’s narrative towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future. By doing so, you can create a positive impact, not only on the industry but also on the well-being of our planet.

What hidden talents do you have?

I used to be a dancer in a night club in Torquay when I was in my late teens / early 20’s – often seen ‘throwing some shapes’ to some early 90’s dance music!

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