Leading contract moulder LGG Charlesworth (LGGC) has recently completed a round of £0.5 million investments with the purchase of a 500 tonne injection moulding machine (IMM) from Wittmann Battenfeld UK.
The Malvern based manufacturer has been manufacturing and assembling injection moulded thermoplastics and compression moulded thermoset products for over 50 years. During this time, a wealth of experience and knowledge has been gained within a number of key market sectors including automotive, Aerospace and Electronics, with the company amassing blue chip clients such as Racal, JLR and Rolls Royce.
The current wave of LGGC investment and expansion in the past twelve months is aimed at creating further capacity and driving standards and performance even higher. The new Wittmann Battenfeld IM purchase is intended to boost the company’s capabilities in the supply of larger parts.
LGGC Commercial Director, Shaun Champion, says that ‘our Wittmann Battenfeld 500-ton press was selected following a detailed exercise that compared the current market offerings. Eight different machine manufacturers and a total of twelve different machine options were considered. A full review of all the various options showed the Wittmann Battenfeld press as being one of the most technically advanced available. In addition, all the ancillary equipment – made and supplied by Wittmann Battenfeld – created a total package which succeeded in ticking all of our boxes and needs.’
Paul Dummer, WIBA UK sales manager (south) says that ‘naturally we are delighted at coming through and being selected to assist LGGC in their expansion and in the work of growing their marketplace. LGGC has always been one of the leading lights of the UK moulding industry, and we hope that this partnership will be the first of many going forward.’
The key features LGGC looked for in its IMM machine purchase included low energy consumption and the ability to be able to monitor and control energy usage. LGGC also had a specific requirement for a machine with a small footprint. ‘The new Wittmann Battenfeld press fits this available space quite literally,’ says Champion.
Another key feature sought by the LGGC team was to have all production cells fully integrated and utilising the latest Industry 4.0 technology. Says Champion, ‘Industry 4.0 is clearly near the top of the Wittmann Battenfeld agenda, as it is for LGGC. In short, we found Wittmann Battenfeld to be professional, detailed and responsive to our needs.’
LGGC’s own approach in meeting high standards through relevant processes and systems is second to none. This has played a key part in securing recent projects.
Wittmann Battenfeld UK will exhibit at this year’s Interplas 2017 exhibition, NEC Birmingham, September 26-28. The company’s MicroPower, SmartPower, EcoPower and MacroPower injection moulding machines are increasingly winning business based on their compact and modular design, energy-efficiency and competitiveness.