PMN CNC 5 axis
Plastic Mouldings Northern's CNC process operator, Anthony Winter, with plastic parts finished by the firm’s five-axis CNC machine.
Rebecca Wayman

£300k investment for County Durham plastic firm with latest state-of-the-art machinery

A County Durham manufacturer is now producing plastic parts for the automotive, pharmaceutical and aerospace sectors at a faster rate after investing in a CNC machine.

Plastic Mouldings Northern (PMN) invested £300k in the MAKA five-axis tool, enabling the company to trim parts more efficiently after moulding them.

It comes after the firm, which employs 20 people at its premises in Bishop Auckland, invested in a Geiss moulding machine which can mould products 3.5m by 1.5m using material up to 12mm thick.

PMN also invested in a new industrial thermoforming machine last year. Production director, Mark Rigg said: “This has been a major investment for the company as it gives us a bigger range of capabilities.

“Designed specifically for the machining of thermoformed and composite components, the MAKA gives us the ability to consistently finish complex trimmed mouldings, in a fraction of the time required by manual methods.

“The tandem table gives us the capability of running two separate jobs at the same time. It’s also a faster machine and it has more versatile options on it.

“Previously we had five or six people finishing products. Now we have one using that machine. But we’ve relocated those employees into other areas of the business so we haven’t lost any staff as a result.”

Combined, PMN’s machinery can be used and adapted to accommodate a range of domestic and industrial parts for refrigerator liners, bath tubs and shower trays, interior and exterior automotive parts, fuel tanks and panels for special vehicles.

PMN supplies DIY chains including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes, and it also manufactures parts for the automotive industry, with clients including Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Rolls Royce.

The company has also built up an industry reputation for supplying Jouplast adjustable risers, which ensure decking and paving slabs sit even, having previously gained an exclusivity agreement to distribute the equipment across Britain.

The company, formed by Mark Rigg and sales director Freddy Bourdais with two staff in 2002, celebrated 15 years in business in 2017 with a record turnover, as sales grew 10 per cent to £2.3m and staff numbers rose to 20.

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