By expanding its headquarters and purchasing five new moulding machines, Blackburn-based MGS Technical Plastics has invested more than £1m in improving its facilities over the last year.
The seven-figure spending ensures that the injection moulding specialist continues to meet growing demand while keeping at the forefront of industry innovations.
A new development at its Blackburn premises includes expanded admin offices, dedicated materials store and incoming goods receiving area, as well as homes for newly acquired machinery.
Overall, the warehouse section of the extension covers approximately 300 sqm and houses 280 new bays of racking, with 750 bays of existing racking having been upgraded. A dedicated overhead crane has also been installed in the new toolroom.
MGS’s equipment purchases include a newly installed and commissioned central feed system, which handles higher volume polymer throughput demands, as well as five new Sumitomo Demag injection moulding machines.
The new 50, 160, 210 and 410 tonne moulding machines are suitable for high end mass production and are all equipped with robotics to aid automation. MGS now have 20 machines ranging from 35 to 800 tonne.
Neil Garrity, MGS manufacturing director, said: “We have invested a significant amount in developing our premises and upgrading our equipment over the last year, due to the ever-increasing demand on production outputs.”
“As a company, we have never been shy of making smart investments, from our multimillion-pound relocation to Blackburn earlier this decade, to the expanded capacity and capabilities that our new purchases bring in 2017. It’s how we remain at the forefront of our sector and is the reason we win the levels of new and repeat business that maintain our position as market leaders.”