Rochdale-based injection moulder and structural foam specialist Taylor Engineering & Plastics has invested in three new injection moulding machines from Negri Bossi UK‘s BIPOWER and VECTOR lines, ranging from 800 to 2000 tonnes.
The investment worth over £1.5m strengthens TEP’s position as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of large moulded and painted components for the medical equipment, electric vehicle, automotive and earthmoving sectors.
Speaking of the investment, Ian Taylor, Technical Director at TEP, said:
“I am delighted to announce to the market that TEP recently completed the acquisition of three large-tonnage injection moulding machines from Negri Bossi UK. These new machines are in the 800-tonne to 2000-tonne range; the 2000-tonne BIPOWER has been installed and commissioned. The 800-tonne and 1300-tonne are on schedule to be delivered to our Rochdale plant before the end of the year.
“We approached Negri Bossi back in March to discuss our plans when we saw overall product demand increasing. Over the following few months, our teams have been working jointly on developing the right machine specifications to meet our needs for our current and new market sectors.
“The two-platen BIPOWER 2000-tonne has a shot capacity of 11.2kg and platens sizes of 2660mm x 2260mm.
“The 800-tonne and 1300-tonne we opted for are from Negri Bossi’s VECTOR machine range. They are proven machines and come with Negri’s energy-efficient electric screw drive and hydraulic clamping as standard. Not only do we have one of the best plasticising units available on the market today, but we will also reduce our energy costs by around 30%”.
In addition to new injection moulding machines, TEP has invested an additional £500,000 on new equipment for their paint spraying and finishing division. These latest investments put Taylor Engineering & Plastics at the forefront of big part production and finishing in Europe.
Ian Taylor added:
“We are seeing significant growth across all our current sectors and particularly in the medical equipment and electric vehicle markets.”
TEP was originally founded in 1949 as Taylor Patterns, pattern makers and toolmakers to the automotive sector. Moulding and painting processes were introduced throughout the sixties and seventies to meet emerging demand for OEM products requiring plastic enclosures. By 1977, TEP was established in its current format and continued its expansion with further injection moulding, structural foam moulding (ESF) and DCPD technologies, particularly the development of its painting and finishing facilities.
Ian Jobling, Sales Manager at Negri Bossi UK, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with TEP and look forward to ramping up production later this year. The new VECTOR 800-tonne has a shot capacity of 8kg and platen sizes of 1550mm x 1400mm.
“The VECTOR 1300-tonne wide platen version boasts an impressive shot capacity of 11kg with a market-leading platen size of 2150mm x 1700mm. Machines are being supplied with Herzog hydraulic shut-off nozzles for processing of structural foam, a specialism of TEP.”