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Broanmain Plastics moves into larger component production

Published: 11 February 2019 - Sarah Mead

Following unprecedented demand from customers seeking a polymer contract manufacturer to handle the production of micro precision components alongside larger parts, Broanmain Plastics recently acquired a new site and eight additional larger injection moulding presses. The new production facility is just 15 minutes from the company’s Dorking headquarters.

Having already embarked on a significant expansion of its existing mass-manufacturing production facility, the family-run business sought additional space. “Specifically, we have been wanting to offer our customers the capacity to produce larger components, such as electronic housings,” explains Operations Director Jo Davis. “In order to confidently take on these projects and handle everything in-house, we needed a larger plot and bigger plant equipment.”

Broanmain, which has been manufacturing and assembling injection moulded thermoplastic products for more than 50 years, acquired the new site in December.  The company’s strategic wave of investment in the past 12 months is aimed at further increasing capacity.

The expansion adds a further eight injection moulding presses up to 500 tonnes to Broanmain’s existing machine line up, plus the resources to maintain and grow the site’s existing commercial and industrial customer base. Production manager Thomas Catinat is currently working with the new team to share best practice.

Jo adds: “We are very excited by this investment. Because we already design and produce components for a number of clients in the construction, industrial and FMCG space, this Sussex acquisition complements our existing technical capabilities and reduces our reliance on subcontractors.”

Broanmain manages the tool design and moulds plastic components for a number of tier 1 to tier 4 suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, industry, medical and consumer markets.  Many of these parts are used globally by blue chip organisations.

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