Andel Plastics Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

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Established in 1975, Andel Plastics has stood the test of time as it celebrates its 45th Anniversary this year. The family-run business started tool making from a domestic garage in Knowle, Solihull in the mid-’70s.  Expansion over the years means it now offers a full service from design advice to production tooling and moulding from their facility in Tyseley, Birmingham. 

In the beginning, Andel Plastics was a dream for current owner Helena Flowers’ father, Barrie Flowers, who began the business from their family home garage working on a sole Bridgeport. Barrie decided to start the company back in the ’70s after being Tooling Manager at established manufacturer Barkley Plastics, who actually supported him in setting up the business. 

Though starting the business was difficult due to the infamous Handsworth riots at the time, the Flowers family were determined to get the company up and running and bought their first moulding machine in 1976. Helena’s mother, Andrea also began working for the business at this time followed by her grandfather George and her Grandmother Margaret who worked till the age of 72. 

Fast forward to the future and Andel Plastics moved to a facility on the Klaxon Industrial Estate in Tyseley, Birmingham where they won the business from the famous Klaxon Horns on the same industrial estate. By 2010 they had outgrown this factory and moved to larger premises on the main Kings road. In 2014 Helena took over the business in a management buy out. 

Now in 2020 Andel Plastics continues to build proactive relationships with its customers for the benefit of the partnership. They offer a full service from component concept feasibility advice, mould flow analysis, prototype tooling, through to full production tooling.  

This transfers to their injection moulding facility for component manufacture and offers a full range of assembly services, post-machining and ultrasonic welding. 

Developing customer demands over the years have led to requirements for more component design at concept point.  Helena explained how challenging and exciting this stage is for them to be able to engineer out any issues at the early stage, ensuring the best quality product possible. Andel has invested in the ability to make prototype aluminium tooling and provide 3D prints to support this new collaborative approach. 

After working in the business for 23 years and as Managing Director for the past 10 years. Helena’s aim is to keep the company going for the next 45 years and pass it to the next generation. She said:

“I love my job and I learn something new every day. This is vital to keep innovating in terms of reducing waste, producing quality products and keeping manufacturing in the UK.”

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