Manufacturing with Boddingtons – new series

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Lord Digby Jones paid tribute to a number of Boddingtons qualities in launching the business’s brand-new £4.6m facility in November 2016. Chief among these was the company’s investment in people and in continuous improvement methods at the Marden, Kent plant.

Some of the fruits of these people investments at Boddingtons are already reaping rewards: Six months ago we reported on the LEAD-base training that was underway. This consists of a pilot programme of lean-based training involving a cross functional team of eight people from several disciplines at the company.

The 1st stage of the theoretical training is now nearly complete and the first Boddingtons team to qualify is now applying its know-how on the shop floor. The team is empowered to self-select its future work remit and has chosen a project in the Boddingtons assembly area to apply the lean lessons learned.

Boddingtons production manager Wayne Allen was a part of the lean pilot group and comments that ‘the training thus far has been excellent and I am delighted that our team – from some very diverse functions and departments – has chosen such an ambitious first project; one where we feel we can really deliver extra value.’

An interim report is expected at the end of August on this first project, and the 2nd Boddington lean team is now being assembled for its first stage in training come January 2018. It is envisaged that the lean training programme will eventually include the entire Boddingtons workforce.

As the lean programme rolls forward; aspects of the training will be customised and made-to-measure as the general company learning progresses.

The main contract service provider is a nationwide enterprise called LEAD, one of the UK’s largest and most successful providers of work and vocational training. This training is supported by Government funding and is underpinned with four formal qualifications, which include certificates and diplomas in Business Improvement Techniques.

With Boddingtons manufacturing placed under the microscope in this way there will be increasing scope to utilise and communicate many of the lessons learned and the benefits to customers.

As far as commercial confidentiality allows, Boddingtons will keep its readers updated with all this manufacturing and production news as it occurs.  Wayne Allen, Production Manager, will be at hand to help us select topics and guide us through the Manufacturing with Boddingtons series, which will initially publish in blog form here on the company website.

Techniques of injection moulding production will, of course, figure highly in our mix; as will downstream matters of automation, assembly, packaging, regulations and approvals – and also upstream matters of design, CAD CAM and tooling.  We hope you will enjoy the content, which begins next week with the topic of equipment maintenance.

Interplas 2017 Stand: H17

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Award-winning plastics injection moulding manufacturer, Boddingtons, will use Interplas 2017 to showcase the manufacturing services now available within its brand new £4.6m manufacturing facility.

The company’s new injection moulding plant was formally opened on November 1st last year by Lord Digby Jones who praised the vision and commitment of Boddingtons and the company’s investment in ‘these amazing new manufacturing facilities.’

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Over 50 years – thank you Dave Moore!

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In today’s world it’s increasingly rare to find longevity or loyalty in business circles.

Boddingtons is very pleased this week to celebrate a notable exception.

Dave Moore joined our company as the England football team of Messrs Moore (no relation), Charlton, Ball, Stiles, Hurst and all prepared for its winning World Cup campaign.

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Boddingtons in demand for medical moulding

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Keith Lawson, Boddingtons Commercial Manager, is pictured here at the company’s booth at last week’s exhibition in Stuttgart, Medtec Europe.

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Business was brisk in Stuttgart as Boddingtons promoted its services for Class 1 and Class 2 device manufacturing; now housed in the company’s brand-new £4.6m factory and Class 7 clean rooms.

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Boddingtons shows at Medtec 2017 Stuttgart

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This week sees leading injection moulder Boddingtons promoting its services for medical manufacturers at Medtec Europe, Messe Stuttgart, April 4-6 2017.

Andy Tibbs, Boddingtons Managing Director, says that ‘manufacturing services from Boddingtons are extremely competitive internationally at this time.

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Boddingtons targets US med-tech markets

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Boddingtons enjoyed a successful visit earlier this month to the world’s largest annual Medtech event.

MD&M West celebrated its 32nd edition, located, as usual, in Anaheim California and played host as ever to some of the largest and most leading players in medical manufacturing.

Andy Tibbs, Boddingtons CEO, attended on behalf of the company. ‘The United States still leads the world in terms of med-tech, both for sheer size of products and for innovative plastics technology and innovation in this marketplace.

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The Boddingtons message understood

Our new factory launch on November 1st last year was a very big event in the life of our company.

One of the most pleasing aspects of our launch was the way in which Boddingtons services and Boddingtons ambitions were very clearly understood by all our guests and customers – and none more so than in the person of our guest speaker, Lord Digby Jones.

We managed to get some time-to-camera with Lord Jones, who summarised the essence of our event here. Lord Jones is always expressive and very understanding of the needs of industry. We hope you enjoy this short interview here.

 

Boddingtons brings on the youth

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Sometimes careers and working life find a natural meeting point where personal aptitude and company needs are happily matched, and where ‘round peg meets round hole’.

Naturally, it helps a great deal when people are aware of their strengths, aptitudes and aspirations. Ben Mellor, for example (pictured above) knew from an early age that his interest and talent lay in all things mechanical.

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