Fibrax Celebrates Double Six Sigma Success!

As two more members of its management team achieve the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt award, Fibrax Ltd, one of the UK’s leading rubber and plastic moulding manufacturers, is becoming a force to be reckoned with when comes to continually improving business performance.

Six Sigma is a methodology that sets out to improve the overall performance of a company by increasing operational efficiencies through the encouragement of effective internal collaboration and removal of unnecessary processes and behaviours. Material Technologist, Jonathan Coupe and Jamie Rimmer, Fibrax’s Kaizen Manager, have both successfully achieved the coveted black belt status.

Jonathan and Jamie were trained and mentored by Lance Nicholls of Zenith Lean Ltd. Commenting on the managers’ successes, Lance said:

“The project Jamie and Jonathan completed over 12 months was very comprehensive and contained so many Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques, I couldn’t keep up at times! A great example of ‘the students becoming the masters’ and the savings are incredible! Well done both.”

By achieving their Lean Six Sigma Black Belts, Jonathan and Jamie will play a significant role in the manufacturer’s growth strategy going forward. The depth of knowledge held by the team at Fibrax will deliver significant business benefits as the company continues to expand its global operations.

Robert Winterbottom, Fibrax’s Technical Sales Director, is optimistic about what these achievements mean for the individuals and the company has a whole. He said:

“Having a further two members of our management team holding Lean Six Sigma Black Belts contributes considerably to the company’s depth of knowledge and extensive capabilities. This achievement signals a bright future for both Jamie and Jonathan; we are exceptionally proud of the dedication they have shown over the last 12 months. In terms of the benefits for the company, increasing our skill set collectively strengthens our proposition and sets us apart as a forward thinking, dynamic organisation.”

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Press Contact:
Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

Fibrax MD John O'Brien Raises £2150 For Cancer Research

In special memory of close family members and to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, John O’Brien, Managing Director of the Fibrax Group of Companies, completed a challenging 35-mile walk in the hills of North Wales.

In special memory of close family members and to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, John O’Brien, Managing Director of the Fibrax Group of Companies, completed a challenging 35-mile walk in the hills of North Wales.

The Llangollen Round is a 35-mile circular route that takes in the picturesque views of the Vale of Llangollen whilst challenging participants to a gruelling 2,000 metre ascent! John and his friends completed the walk over two days, traversing heather moorland, limestone grassland, coniferous forests and open mountain tops.

Commenting on the challenge, John said:

“Cancer seems to be one of those things that affects us all at some stage. We completed the Llangollen Round in memory of much-loved family members who were very fond of this area. We were proud to support Cancer Research UK in this way.”

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. It is committed to fighting cancer by finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives.

To date, John has raised an impressive £2,150 for the charity. If you would like to support this fantastic cause, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-o-brien20.

Image L-R: Jonny Doerr, Lizzie Lamb, John O’Brien, Sarah O’Brien and Donna Glossop

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Press Contact:
Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

Fibrax Group Invests In Engel’s Victory To Increase UK Capacity

The global injection moulding manufacturing group, Fibrax, is continuing to invest substantially in its production capabilities to support its strategic growth strategy.

Part of the Fibrax Group of Companies, which operates in the UK, Poland and Morocco, Fibrax Limited has invested in two Engel Victory machines with tie-bar-less technology, to increase the company’s plastic moulding capacity at its facility in Wrexham, North Wales.

The modular Engel Victory is ideal for a wide range of technical plastic mouldings. With its tie-bar-less technology, the Victory provides more flexibility and greater efficiency than traditional injection moulding machines.

Fibrax operates a range of injection moulding machine sizes, including 30 to 560 tonnes for rubber and 50 to 450 tonnes for plastic, enabling the manufacturer to meet an extensive variety of needs. The company also specialises in precision overmoulding of multi-part components and offers a multi-component assembly services for sub-assemblies and completed products.

Commenting on the decision to invest in two Engel Victory machines, Rob Winterbottom, Fibrax’s Technical Sales Director, said:

“Engel is well known for creating machinery of the highest quality, developed using the latest technologies. Their integrated systems have been designed to drive efficiencies without restricting mould functions or performance. By investing in the 50 and 120 tonne Engel Victory machines, we are able to extend our UK manufacturing capabilities, whilst harnessing greater control of smaller shot weight tools. The tie-bar-less technology complements our continual improvement strategy, as we are able to drive greater efficiencies in the future.“

This investment is part of the company’s sustainable growth strategy. 2018 will see the installation of a range advanced technical equipment aimed at streamlining manufacturing processes, implementing efficiencies and optimising performance.

Fibrax recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Morocco, which will trade as Morocco Precision Mouldings and serve the global automotive supply chain.

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Press Contact:
Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

Fibrax Group Expands Global Operations

Fibrax Limited, one of the UK’s fastest-growing manufacturers of rubber, TPE and plastic components, has extended its global manufacturing capabilities by establishing an operational facility in Morocco.

The new manufacturing plant will trade as Morocco Precision Moulding and form part of the Fibrax Group of Companies, which also has established operational facilities in Wrexham, UK and Sanok, Poland. Specialising in the design, development and manufacture of high performance custom rubber mouldings and plastic components, Fibrax supports many of the most strictly regulated sectors worldwide. The demand for quality automotive components has significantly increased in North Africa and this investment will ensure the Fibrax Group is well placed to provide outstanding technical support and a responsive service delivery to companies operating in the region.

Fibrax has maintained an operational presence in Morocco since 2012 having worked collaboratively with a local supply chain partner. A recent surge in demand has enabled the company to invest in a fully controlled facility in the region with further rapid growth anticipated over the next five years. Morocco Precision Moulding will operate from a 3,250m² manufacturing plant, which currently employs 60 employees. The site has been strategically selected, as there is scope to extend the facility and employ a larger workforce.

Commenting on this expansion, Robert Winterbottom, Technical Sales Director, said:

“The opening of Morocco Precision Moulding as part of the Fibrax Group of Companies signifies a very exciting time in our history and an important milestone in our continued growth and development. We have been very keen to expand our global presence and this site will enable us to proactively support the needs of our customers operating in this region. Growth in Morocco’s automotive industry is set to continue and we look forward to playing an active role within its supply chain.”

Fibrax Limited currently employs over 330 employees across its three manufacturing facilities. As well as moulding thermoset and thermoplastic precision parts, the company designs and tests complex prototypes.

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Press Contact:
Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

 

 

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