On Tuesday November 1st Lord Digby Jones formally opened the Boddingtons £4.6m state-of-the-art injection moulding plant in Marden, Kent
Lord Jones inspired his audience of customers and suppliers with post-Brexit words of encouragement for British manufacturing. ‘British manufacturing has a pearl of opportunity at this moment – and we should seize it,’ he said. Lord Jones also praised the Boddingtons team for its ‘amazing new manufacturing facilities’ and for the company’s forward thinking and strategic investments in plant, people and technology.
Prior to Lord Jones’s speech, Boddingtons Managing Director Andy Tibbs presented to a capacity audience of over 90 guests including key customers, suppliers, Helen Grant, local MP and members of the local and trade press.
A capacity audience of customers, suppliers and press listen to Lord Digby Jones exhort Boddingtons and British manufacturing to further success.
Tibbs paid particular tribute to the 80 plus years of manufacturing history at Boddingtons and to the current programme of company development; including an ambitious programme of capital investment; training in lean manufacturing and a pro-active policy of partnering with proactive businesses and early stage manufacturers.
Tibbs said that ‘what our customers deserve – and what they get – is precision and world-class injection moulding and a flexible assembly capability, which includes finished components and shelf-ready packaged components.
Our new factory space – our destination for all of these competencies – will further enable the development of these new resources and new business.
Some 15% of the new Boddingtons floor space will initially be used as modular Class 7 cleanroom manufacturing and demand for these services is expected to be immediate.
The advanced moulding environment at Boddingtons now includes; expandable Class 7 cleanrooms, reducing bioburdens and particulates; white room(s) with less fibres and contaminants, disaster recovery safeguards and many other customer benefits.
The new manufacturing facility has been built to the highest standards and will offer improved disabled access; new canteen and meeting facilities, customised computer, communications and server facilities, hardware and software, daylight lighting, ergonomic systems of building control and energy efficiency and many other features.
Boddingtons will now take these credentials and its manufacturing expertise to the prestigious Medica Compamed exhibition in Düsseldorf, November 14-17. The company will exhibit and market to leading OEMs and manufacturers in the worldwide medical and healthcare industries.