Boddingtons targets Class 7 business at Compamed 2017

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Leading injection moulder and med-tech supplier Boddingtons will return to this year’s Compamed exhibition, marketing a raft of Class 7 cleanroom manufacturing services to Medical OEMs, buyers and specifiers.

The company’s newly-launched £4.6m state-of-the-art injection moulding factory has been home to a continuous number of med-tech projects since its launch this time last year. Complex multi-part medical assemblies are a speciality at Boddingtons as are cutting-edge moulding developments in biosciences and genetics.’

Andy Tibbs, Boddingtons Managing Director says that ‘Boddingtons is delighted to be returning to the Compamed show for the second year running. We are especially looking forward to meeting and supplying the needs of med-tech businesses all across the technical spectrum and all over the world.’

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A view inside the newest Class 7 Clean Room at the company

Tibbs add that ‘we produce a variety of med-tech components and products, including Class 1 and 2 medical devices, and we service and manage all the associated services, including the full FDA approvals process.

Compamed is the leading event in the med-tech supply chain world, and so we will arrive in Düsseldorf with our new exhibition booth and marketing materials, ready to communicate our full array of competences. Our med-tech production facilities are the equal of any in Europe, if not the world.’

Boddingtons provides injection moulding and manufacturing services for both international OEM names and SME-based start up businesses in med-tech healthcare manufacturing. In the latter category Boddingtons has recently won UK plastics industry awards for its product design work for both ARC Medical and Braidlock.

The company’s ultimate aim is to provide a one-stop-shop for our med-tech and industrial clients. Competencies include all facets of injection moulding from design to packed products; finishing and assembly processes, printing, welding, packing, labeling and finishing.

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Med-tech assembly work is becoming an increasing part of the Boddingtons portfolio
Boddingtons will exhibit at Compamed 2017 in Hall 8A, Stand R26.

The Compamed exhibition has been established in order to provide a visitor footfall of leading OEMs, healthcare and medical manufacturers who are seeking manufacturing suppliers and contractors to the worldwide medical and healthcare industries.

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.

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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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