Boddingtons – Class 7 business already from Interplas 17

Award-winning plastics injection moulding manufacturer, Boddingtons, celebrates a successful Interplas 2017 in which the company has already clinched a number of new business prospects with more to follow over the coming weeks.

Managing Director Andy Tibbs was present throughout the three-day exhibition. ‘In some ways the Interplas show represents the fruit of our company’s marketing activities over the past 18 months: New customers immediately sought us out at the NEC, already equipped with drawings, specifications and, in some cases, NDA agreements for us to sign.

‘In addition,’ adds Tibbs, ‘the general footfall was impressive and the overall standard of informed enquiry was very high. Day three is not yet done and we are delighted with our Interplas 17 outcomes thus far.’

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Tony Ayley (Business Development Manager), Andy Tibbs (Managing Director) and Chris Philpott (Sales Manager) are all greeting visitors – Stand H17

Boddingtons also presented a brand new company stand design at the NEC show, one that will now make its way to the Medica Compamed show in Düsseldorf, November 13-16. ‘Our corporate identity, presentation and communications work continues to encourage us with positive comments – not least from our Interplas visitors this week.

There is no doubt that the company’s new £4.3 injection moulding facility in Marden Kent – complete with Class 7 Clean Room and matching regulatory services – has played a key role in attracting business. ‘It’s very simple,’ says Tibbs. ‘International med-tech OEMs and specifiers want to know if you have Class 7 production facilities and services or not.  If the former – then the way forward is open for business discussions.’

Boddingtons new 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.’

The Class 7 Clean Rooms are now equipped with a total of eight moulding machines, beside the press automation, in line printing and other technical services, all producing a great variety of med-tech parts; from DNA trays to needle holders, endoscopy products, medical tubing and many other med-tech devices.

Boddingtons client and contract moulding services in all markets range from conceptual design, prototyping, tooling, automation and full manufacture together with the added benefit of the company having its own dedicated Regulatory Manager on site.

All manufacturing programmes at Boddingtons come on line through the company’s gated New Production Introduction (NPI) process. This helps ensure that the customer’s financial and timeline risks are minimized.

Capital investment at the company is being matched by full-scale training in lean manufacturing techniques. A pilot class of six individuals from various Boddingtons departments began the training in November 2016 and will complete later this year, applying the new skills to various in-house projects.

Regulatory affairs – taking care of business

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A large part of the customer service at Boddingtons includes services in legal and regulatory affairs. This aspect is particularly important in relation to new product launches, and in most work done for sectors such as healthcare and medical.

We talked to Shimaa Elsawy about her essential work in this area at Boddingtons.

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Injection Moulding with Boddingtons

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Creating value with additional services

Winning the business (tooling, moulding, and assembly) is just the first step towards a full manufacturing partnership with clients.

Boddingtons Class 7 cleanroom manufacturing environment often attracts business that simply needs to be there. Boddingtons offer the full manufacturing package including regulatory support.

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Working with quality

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In business for over 80 years, Boddingtons continues to invest in the successive generations coming forward. Over the past thirty years matters of Quality and Quality Assurance have come to separate the leading moulders from the pack.

 

We talked to Alex Grindley, Age 23, about his work in this important area at the company.

 

Alex – welcome to the website blog. Firstly, what prior work and experience equipped you for your current role at Boddingtons?

I qualified as a Quality Technician through an apprenticeship scheme achieving a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering whilst gaining experience in the quality field in my role as a Quality Technician for an Engineering Company manufacturing metal, plastics and composite products for the Aerospace & Automotive sectors.

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Equipment maintenance – key to success

What price can you put upon a stopped production line? Sometimes the inconvenience and embarrassment to your reputation can far outweigh the moulding machine down time.

Boddingtons good manufacturing practices ensure that this scenario is never entertained. For example, the company maintains at least one spare screw and barrel for every injection moulding machine deployed on site.

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All injection moulding machines at Boddingtons have a duplicate screw and barrel – for quick tool changes, fast lead times and preventative maintenance .

Boddingtons operates moulding screws in the 20mm to 100mm size range and performs some three to four injection barrel changes per week.

The majority of these screws are through hardened; effectively abrasion and corrosion resistant in order to reduce wear. The hardened metal offers some 30% improvement in performance and screw lifetime. And since the replacement spare policy was introduced at Boddingtons,  the company has not yet needed to replace a single screw or barrel.

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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.

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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 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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