Formaplex has announced the expansion of its new manufacturing facilities, which is now operational. The additional 120,000 sq ft purpose built factory is set on a 7.25 acre site on the South Coast, in close proximity to the three manufacturing facilities the company currently operates from.
The new technical centre, ‘Voyager Park’, will increase production space by 80%, to support future growth of the business. Collectively, Formaplex's total footprint now spans 270,000 sq ft across 4 sites.
The further investment in its manufacturing capabilities includes the acquisition of five additional injection mould presses, ranging from 2,000t – 70t, a new assembly and finishing department to include a semi-automated paint line, spray booths and some robotics.
The new facility will accommodate a total of 15 injection mould presses, to support the increased demands of lightweight moulded components, together with in-house finishing, assembly and metrology departments.
CEO, Mike Bryant comments; ‘’We have experienced rapid and steady growth for the last five years, resulting in our current sites working at full capacity. The growth has been positively impacted by confidence in the automotive sector and increased international demand for UK premium car brands. We are currently producing 600 injection mould tools and moulding approx. 3 million thermoplastic components per year, predominantly for the automotive industry. Our new premises will ensure we have the additional capacity to continue to provide our services and world class products to our blue-chip customer base.
"Our 400+ strong, highly skilled workforce has also increased significantly over recent years, approximately 100 new job opportunities will become available at Voyager Park.’’