Andel Plastics are starting their 47th year in business with an expansion, innovation and investment boost.
Pictured is MD Helena Flowers examining the installation of a new mezzanine floor to expand the warehousing facilities within the growing business. Installed by Amapola Ltd in just four days the expanded warehouse space will free up valuable space for the installation of new injection moulding machines. The first machine arriving in September will increase capacity on the smaller range of our machines, with a larger tonnage expected later in the year.
As for innovation Andel Plastics has been working on a new medical device, which they have helped take through prototyping, mould tool manufacture, moulding and into their newly validated Class 7 Cleanroom. Finishing the process with plasma cleaning, assembly and packaging prior to shipping for external sterilisation.
Discussing the project Helena told us why this project was important to showcase Andel Plastics expertise. "We got involved in this project during Covid lockdown, the customers R&D at a University was put on stop due to lockdown, yet of course they still needed to progress their product. Being wholly UK based, we could do the prototyping, DFM, design and manufacture the injection mould tooling inhouse. Progressing on to injection moulding the parts and putting them into a cleanroom environment to enable us to take the product up to the sterilsation process"
Having a UK based toolroom has been a big asset recently with many enquiries for reshoring and moving supply chain to the UK.
"Another area of growth for us is people looking at Sustainable supply chains, we can offer a full service in the UK. No need for all the environmental impact of sourcing from abroad".
Andel are embarking on a Sustainability and Clean Growth project to reduce consumption, waste and their carbon footprint. Their will be further news on two new innovative services that they will be launching within the next few months. Watch this space.