ACCOUNTING WITH DISTINCTION

 

Lisa Bainbridge, Fibrax Accounts Manager, passing accounting exams with distinction.

 

Accounts Manager, Lisa Bainbridge, has achieved phenomenal success by passing her recent AAT accounting exams with distinction. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional accounting qualification recognised throughout the financial industry, with over 150,000 members worldwide. To qualify as an Accounting Technician, students must pass four levels. When certified as being experienced and competent, Accounting Technicians possess the equivalent skills and knowledge as those of Chartered Accountants.

 

Since joining Fibrax in 2018, Lisa has become a valuable member of Fibrax’s Finance Team. With a wealth of knowledge and experience amassed from previous roles, Lisa already possessed the necessary practical skills but wanted to underpin her capabilities with a professional qualification. Part of the Fibrax philosophy is to train and develop its people in order to retain top performers and reward them with greater responsibilities and promotions earned through their success. As such, Fibrax agreed to support Lisa in her efforts to advance her qualifications.

 

Lisa began her AAT studies through online distance learning. Following an intense period of hard work and dedication, her efforts were rewarded when she successfully passed AAT Level 2 with Distinction – achieving an incredible 97% – in August 2020. Having achieved such an excellent result, Lisa was encouraged to continue her studies and, in September 2020, she began working towards her Level 3 by attending Coleg Cambria one day a week. The exams came thick and fast, but Lisa passed each module with exceptional results. Her highest score was an amazing 94%! The final exam comprised elements of all course modules. This test is notoriously difficult but Lisa achieved an astonishing 91% distinction. A remarkable achievement indeed!

 

Commenting on her exam success, Lisa said:

 

“I was overjoyed at the results, as I truly didn’t believe I was going to achieve an overall distinction. I actually had doubts at the beginning of the year and considered dropping out. After receiving a huge amount of support from Fibrax, I was able to continue and am really glad I did! The result was better than I could have hoped for; it made all the time and effort worthwhile. I have just started my final year and, after one lesson, it is already evident that even more time and effort will be required to succeed. I will continue to try my best and hope I get the desired outcome. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Fibrax who has continued to support me in my efforts to obtain this internationally recognised qualification.”

 

Lisa’s tutor remarked:

 

“I congratulate Lisa for achieving her Advanced Diploma in Accounting with Distinction. What an achievement! Lisa, you put in the required work and are now reaping the rewards. I look forward to working with you at Level 4.”

 

Congratulations, Lisa, and best of luck with your Level 4 studies from everyone at Fibrax.

Fibrax Welcomes Lily Vernon as Human Resource Manager

 

The Fibrax Group has appointed Lily Vernon as its HR Manager for its UK operations. Lily will be responsible for the recruitment and onboarding of new talent; providing coaching support for managers on all people-related issues in line with legislation; designing and delivering training on HR processes across the business; promoting employee engagement and retention; and maintaining polices, best practices and the Covid-19 people management strategy.

 

Lily brings with her a wealth of recruitment and HR expertise. She has worked as a HR professional for over eight years and holds the CIPD Level 7 qualification. She gained considerable experience working in the manufacturing industry and with both blue-chip and privately-owned companies. Lily has also given much of her time to a variety of volunteering and mentoring projects across Cheshire and Merseyside.

 

At Fibrax, Lily’s primary aim is to ensure people are seen, heard and supported. She is passionate about creating a motivated workforce by ensuring roles are optimised and employees feel valued. Commenting on her vision for her role, Lily said:

 

“People are incredibly important to the success of any company. Ensuring employees feel respected and supported is key to maintaining a proactive and collaborative working environment. Attracting the right talent is part of my role but I am equally focused on nurturing the development and advancement of our existing workforce.

 

“We want our people to approach their roles proactively and adopt a strong sense of accountability. To do this, they must feel safe, supported and appreciated. I am committed to meeting with and understanding the needs of our people to ensure we collectively continue to improve and innovate. To safeguard the psychological wellbeing of our people, I will be operating an open-door policy, which I hope will be welcomed by all.”

 

Fibrax shares excellent working relationships with local universities and colleges. Lily is keen to leverage these relationships, not only by offering work placements and job opportunities, but by delivering a structured people development programme. She said:

 

“The culture at Fibrax is collaborative and innovative. There is a tremendous team spirit here, which I’m eager to celebrate and promote. In doing so, I hope to attract high quality candidates to further our growth in new markets.”

 

Commenting on Lily’s appointment, John O’Brien, Managing Director for the Fibrax Group said:

 

“I am delighted to welcome Lily to the UK operations of the Fibrax Group, which includes the recently acquired Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd. Lily brings with her the experience and drive to maintain an agile, people-focused operating environment in which our employees can maximise performance and advance their careers. I’m confident Lily will play an integral role in our ongoing success.”

Fibrax and University of Wales Trinity Saint David Launch SMART Partnership

 

Technical injection moulding specialists at the Fibrax Group have launched a collaborative SMART Partnership with University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). This exciting and challenging project is part-funded by the Welsh Government. It will focus on the development and optimisation of bespoke automated processes specifically related to adhesive applications within polymer mouldings at the Group’s plastic injection moulding facility, Hi-Mark Automotive.

 

SMART Partnerships facilitate a knowledge exchange and collaboration between University and Industry. According to Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s support service for businesses, SMART Partnerships aim to “support collaborative projects, with a clear focus to increase the capacity and capabilities of Welsh businesses to develop R&D activities by linking them with Research Organisations and an associate, to work on a specific project to develop new products, processes and services.” In this instance, Fibrax will be working with UWTSD to identify the benefits of automation and digitisation, and implement the findings should they enable Fibrax to gain a competitive advantage.

 

The Partnership was formed by Graham Howe and Lisa Lucas of UWTSD and Craig Jones and Przemyslaw Solowiej of Fibrax. Further to the Smart Partnership, Fibrax is also now engaged with UWTSD’s MADE Cymru initiative. MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research and development, and upskilling. It is funded by the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and delivered by UWTSD.

 

Commenting on the project, Graham said:

 

“This twelve-month collaborative project will investigate and apply new technologies and techniques for economic gain whilst developing new capabilities in-house. We recently visited Fibrax to interview a potential candidate for the Research Associate position for the partnership and were delighted to appoint Jefferson Dzidzienyo.”

 

Jefferson recently joined the New Product Introduction team at Fibrax having completed a Masters in Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. As a Research Associate working with UWTSD, he will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and a highly-skilled knowledge base to support the successful delivery of this challenging project.

 

Craig Jones, Fibrax’s Tooling and Process Development Manager, is looking forward to supporting Jefferson in his role. He said:

 

“I’m pleased Jefferson has been selected to drive this initiative forward. He brings with him a real drive and passion for engineering. I believe this partnership will not only further his practical experience but realise considerable commercial advantages for Fibrax. This is a demanding project but one that could significantly reduce the risks associated with in-process adhesive application and inspection. As technical, precision moulders, this will be a cornerstone for our continuous improvement strategy and global ambitions.”

Fibrax Announces the Appointment of Teresa Mayer as UK Finance Director

 

The Fibrax Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Teresa Mayer as UK Finance Director and has welcomed her to the boards of directors at Fibrax Limited and Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd. Teresa joined Fibrax in 2018 as the Management Accountant for the UK operations. She now replaces Phil Crawford who will remain with Fibrax as Company Secretary.

 

Prior to joining Fibrax, Teresa spent 15 years working for a family-owned business in the frozen food storage and distribution industry. As the company’s Financial Controller, she was responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the business. She holds a degree in Accounting for Business and the CIMA advanced diploma in Management Accounting.

 

As Finance Director for Fibrax, Teresa is responsible for the cash management of several currencies to optimise market fluctuations; the monitoring of budgets and forecasts; financial modelling and analyses; and legislation compliance. She also contributes towards defining the Group’s UK financial strategy and oversees the HR function of the business.

 

Commenting on her new appointment, Teresa said:

 

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to progress my career into the role of UK Finance Director here at Fibrax.  Our ambition within the Finance Team is to maximise every financial opportunity by driving continuous improvements throughout the business to gain the greatest possible benefit from every investment made. We are focused on data analysis to identify key improvement opportunities. We carry out comprehensive cost benefit analysis on all potential capital investment to ensure it meets with our core business growth strategy in a competitive way. We want to ensure we create sustainable financing as we look towards the key UK ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

 

Group Managing Director, John O’Brien, commented:

 

“Teresa has been a huge asset to the development and growth of our UK business. I am pleased to welcome her to the boards of directors at both Fibrax Limited and the newly acquired Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd. She will be instrumental in supporting our ambitious growth strategy and I wish her all the very best in her new role.”

 

From its manufacturing site in Wrexham, North Wales, Fibrax has implemented an exciting programme of accelerated growth, which will see it enter new markets in the coming year whilst continuing to support the tightly regulated automotive sector.

Plastic Injection Moulder, Fibrax to Exhibit at Interplas 2021

 

Plastic injection moulding company, Fibrax Limited, will be exhibiting on Stand FF44 at Interplas 2021 when the show returns to the NEC Birmingham from 28th to 30th September.

 

Fibrax specialises in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance, custom precision plastic and rubber injection moulded components for a host of market sectors. With manufacturing facilities in the UK, Poland and Morocco, its global network offers sustainable solutions and greater efficiencies within the supply chain.

 

This is the first time Fibrax will be exhibiting at the UK’s leading plastics industry event and the company is keen to demonstrate its full-service offering following the acquisition of plastic injection moulding company, Hi-Mark. Commenting on this opportunity, Group Technical Sales Director, Rob Winterbottom said:

 

“As a design and engineering partner, we support customers by developing bespoke material formulations and innovative design concepts, and delivering a full-service manufacturing service that includes testing and validation. Having operated within the highly regulated automotive sector for over 35 years, we have the experience and expertise to fulfil the most demanding specifications and complex design requirements. By continually investing in our technical capabilities, we aim to consistently deliver best-in-class components.”

 

Now in its 70th year, Interplas 2021 will bring together over 500 exhibitors and 14,000 buyers at the NEC. Fibrax is looking forward to identifying new opportunities and building new relationships with customers who will benefit from its full-service offering. To visit Fibrax on Stand FF44 and attend this exciting show, please register your details at www.interplasuk.com.

 

 

Fibrax Acquires Plastic Injection Moulding Company, Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd.

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies has acquired Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd, adding a dedicated UK-based plastic injection moulding manufacturing company to its global portfolio.

 

The Fibrax Group comprises a polymeric injection moulding company that operates predominantly in the automotive industry across three global sites and a UK-based cycling business that exports components worldwide. Its strategic manufacturing facilities – situated in the UK, Poland and Morocco - enable Fibrax to offer localised manufacturing expertise, reduce the speed to market and deliver competitive and cost-effective solutions. As a 100% shareholder of Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd, the company is now able to offer its global client base technically-advanced plastic injection mouldings alongside its existing offering.

 

Wrexham-based Hi-Mark has been designing and manufacturing high-quality injection moulded components for over forty years. It manufactures products for some of the largest automotive brands in the world. Like Fibrax, it has a British manufacturing heritage and operates a thriving exports division. As part of a truly global group, Fibrax aims to drive future growth by developing Hi-Mark’s range of products, which includes suspension spring isolators and relative-motion spring pads, whilst creating mutually beneficial relationships with customers worldwide.

 

Hi-Mark will continue to operate from its existing purpose-built premises in Wrexham. Business will continue as usual and Hi-Mark will be seamlessly and meticulously integrated into Fibrax’s key systems, operating practices and continuous development strategies.

 

The Fibrax Group now has the capacity and capabilities to offer its customers a full manufacturing solution that includes the design, manufacture and testing of rubber, TPE and plastic components and tooling. Commenting on the acquisition, John O’Brien, Group Managing Director, said:

 

“We are looking ahead to the future with great optimism and enthusiasm. This acquisition signals an excellent start to the year for the Fibrax Group. We look forward to supporting our customers with our extended, full-service offering.”

Cross-Border Plastics Partnership Aims to Save Lives and Support Local Economy

 

Three northern plastics manufacturers have joined forces to produce much-needed PPE visors for the hair and beauty sector. Shortages within the industry meant a quick response was required, so hairdressers and beauticians could operate responsibly during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand for PPE continues to rise, as the country faces the challenges of a second wave and newly imposed restrictions.

 

Early on in the pandemic, Mechlam Precision Tooling a mould tool manufacturer based in Haydock, Merseyside, identified the rapidly increasing need for quality PPE. The company was keen to support its wider community and concluded quality face shields would be in high demand for a long time to come. The team was able to source PET sheet, which is laser cut, for the visors and set about designing a suitable headguard. As specialists in tool design and manufacturer, Mechlam was able to lead the project, but it required help from other plastics processors to produce the end product. Martin Atherton, director of Mechlam Precision Engineering, set about identifying suitable partners within the locality. Commenting on this early stage, Martin said:

 

“We believed we could make a difference to real lives in our community and were keen to find suitable partners to help us with our mission. We regularly supply tools to Fibrax Mouldings, an injection moulding company that operates just over the border in North Wales. We have always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Fibrax and knew they not only had the moulding capacity, but also the material expertise to make this project a success. They were an ideal fit and we weren’t disappointed!”

 

Fibrax’s Material Technologist, Jonathan Coupe, and Technical Sales Director, Robert Winterbottom, were both keen to support Mechlam and its end users. Jonathan set about identifying a durable material that would offer flexibility and comfort. He selected PP for the holder and TPE for the strap; both contained the high flow properties needed to successfully mould the headguard, whilst being touch safe and suitable for skin contact. When it came to colouring and enhancing the properties of the plastic, Fibrax introduced masterbatch manufacturer Silvergate Plastics to the project. Reflecting on their support, Jonathan said:

 

“We knew from the outset that we would require a masterbatch partner and our Wrexham-based neighbour, Silvergate Plastics, was an obvious choice. We have shared a great relationship with Silvergate over many years, as they have always delivered excellent colour matches in quantities we require. That aside, they are also renowned for their ability to deliver quickly and, due to ongoing PPE shortages, time was certainly of the essence! Chris Young, Silvergate’s Sales Manager, provided a rapid response and a product of the highest quality.”

 

Working with his colour match team, Chris was able to produce the correct colour and ensure it could be manufactured to meet Fibrax’s schedule. Commenting, Chris said:

 

“We were delighted to be introduced to this project. We’ve been manufacturing products for the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, so we knew we had to act fast and deliver excellent quality. It has been great to be part of such a proactive partnership and community spirited project.”

The PPE visors are now being distributed directly to wholesalers operating in the hair and beauty industry. Martin added:

 

“As specialist toolmakers, we would never have looked at something like this in normal circumstances, but we have always progressed by being adaptable and innovative. Designing and making the product was the easy part. Getting a finished product to market however, was a completely new ball game to us! With the help and support of Fibrax and Silvergate, we now have a top-quality product. We are proud to help protect the lives of so many individuals whilst supporting our local economy by keeping businesses in operation during this very challenging time.”

Annual Report 2019

 

The start of 2020 has been rather wild to say the least! Globally, many countries have been hit by extreme weather whilst we are all now vigilantly safeguarding ourselves against the threat of Coronavirus. We have adopted a common sense approach here at Fibrax by reminding staff about maintaining good standards of hygiene in the workplace and at home.

 

Here in the UK at least, we are used to dealing with uncertainty. As Brexit continued to be debated throughout 2019, we managed to navigate our way through another politically turbulent year. Our annual review summarises some of the highlights we enjoyed last year, which included new exciting appointments, greater investments in our people and process improvements to enhance our environmental credentials.

 

Read more here.

Fibrax Bolsters its Maintenance Team following Successful Apprenticeship

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies has celebrated the achievements of a key member of its Maintenance Division who recently completed an intensive two-year training programme to become a fully qualified Maintenance Engineer.

 

Fibrax Group of Companies has celebrated the achievements of a key member of its Maintenance Division who recently completed an intensive two-year training programme to become a fully qualified Maintenance Engineer.

 

Matthew Harvey began his career at Fibrax as a semi-skilled Engineer in November 2016. It quickly became apparent to his management team that his capabilities extended far beyond the duties of the role he had been given. He was therefore invited to re-train to become a fully qualified engineer to support the wider efforts of the maintenance division.

 

In order to take on the new role, Matt embarked on an apprenticeship programme that would see him develop new skills both onsite and at college. He enrolled on an NVQ Level 3 training programme in Electrical Maintenance, which was delivered onsite, whilst studying towards a BTEC ONC in Electrical Engineering at Coleg Cambria.

 

To complete both courses, Matt committed to over two years of training despite having a young family at home. Commenting on Matt’s commitment, Fibrax’s Engineering Manager Simon James said:

 

“From the summer of 2017 until the late autumn of 2019, Matt completed all his work to an impressive standard. His reports were always glowing and not once can I remember him having any issues with the work he was given. Matt is incredibly capable and I am very proud to say that he has successfully completed his training and has become a fully qualified Maintenance Engineer. He is a key member of my team and an absolute credit to himself, his family and, of course, the Fibrax Group of Companies.”

 

Simon proudly presented Matt with Fluke Multi Meter in recognition of his efforts and the successful completion of his apprenticeship.

Fibrax to Exhibit at Interplas 2020

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies is looking forward to exhibiting at the UK’s number one plastics show, Interplas 2020. From 29th September to 1st October, we will be showcasing our injection moulding capabilities and expertise on Stand FF44 in Hall 3A at the NEC in Birmingham.

 

Interplas 2020 looks set to be a superb show with its new Sustainability Stage and the return of its popular Knowledge Pavilion. Our stand is located close to the Main Stage where we look forward to meeting many old and new faces, whilst enjoying some great discussions on latest trends and innovations.

 

If you would like to meet a member of our sales team at a specific time during the three-day event, please call us on 01978 356 744 to arrange an appointment.

 

Interplas has been bringing the plastics industry together for over sixty years. We look forward to greeting you at our Stand FF44 in Hall 3A during this fantastic show.

Tony Barnett Joins Fibrax as UK Business Development Manager

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies has appointed Tony Barnett as its Business Development Manager for the UK automotive sector.

 

Tony’s career in the plastics and rubber industry spans 35 years during which time he has worked with leading OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers operating in the automotive industry. Specialising in sales and account management, he brings within him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fibrax Group.

 

This appointment comes as Fibrax continues to work towards its ambitious growth strategy. To drive this, the company is actively expanding its product development division in an effort to enter new markets.

 

Commenting on his new appointment, Tony said:

 

“I am delighted to join the Fibrax Group of Companies at a time of significant expansion. I have admired the company’s performance in the automotive supply chain, within which I have worked for many years specialising in polymer and plastic injection moulding.

 

My aim is to share my knowledge and experience with the team at Fibrax so we can further enhance the company’s service offering and expertise.

Fibrax’s future plans are ambitious and very much built on a foundation of delivering an excellent customer experience. It is very pleasing to join a company with a first-class reputation amongst its peers and customers alike.”

 

Announcing the appointment, Fibrax’s Technical Sales Director, Rob Winterbottom, said:

 

“We are delighted to welcome Tony to the team. We are determined to meet the rigorous demands of our growth strategy by continuing to develop products of the highest quality and deliver an exceptional customer experience. We see Tony as an integral part of our customer-focused service strategy, as we know he has the experience and expertise to support our customers’ needs whilst driving growth in both new and existing markets.”

Fibrax’s Process Design Engineer Joins Six Sigma Black Belt Elite

 

Michael Buckley, a Process Design Engineer at Fibrax Limited, has achieved the highly coveted Lean Six Sigma Black Belt status.

 

Michael was awarded this prestigious status by designing and developing a bespoke production line that incorporates best lean principles. The production line will be used to assemble components used in the highly regulated automotive sector.

 

The production line – the first of its kind at Fibrax – introduces a 1-piece flow, 1 defect flow, 2-bin Kanban system, production control board, 6S (5S plus safety) standard and visual management techniques.

 

Michael used the skills and principles he acquired during an initial training programme delivered by Zenith Lean Training. Jamie Rimmer, Fibrax’s Continuous Improvement Manager and fellow Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, mentored Michael throughout the project. Reflecting on Michael’s success, Jamie said:

 

“From the very outset of this project, Michael has been willing to learn and eager to apply his new skills and best practice techniques to great effect. His enthusiasm made him easy to mentor and his achievement of black belt status is very well deserved. Congratulations Michael.”

 

The assembly line will be used across three shifts, five days a week, to assemble steering column seals supplied to a leading vehicle manufacturer.

Engineering Apprentice Joins Fibrax Limited

 

Engineering enthusiast, Alex Gelder, has accepted a three-year apprenticeship with injection moulding specialists Fibrax Limited at its manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales.

 

Alex was studying towards a Level 3 Diploma in Enhanced Engineering at Deeside College when the opportunity to embark on his dream job arose in his locality. Alex was initially seeking work experience to extend his skills and knowledge of engineering within the automotive sector. He has always had a keen interest in product design and development, and throughout his formative years, he could often be found working on mechanical projects at home. His new role as an Apprentice Project Engineer will see him develop new skills in product design and project management, predominantly in the manufacture of vehicle components moulded from rubber, TPE or plastic.

 

Commenting on the new appointment, Glenn Griffiths, Technical Manager at Fibrax Limited, said:

“We originally met Alex at a Meet the Engineering Employer event hosted by Coleg Cambria. He immediately displayed a passion for engineering and design. He was clearly focused on developing new skills and had his sights set on the competitive world that is the automotive industry. That in itself was impressive, given his young age.

 

“We invited Alex to participate in a week’s work experience where he and a number of his peers demonstrated great potential and all worked enthusiastically throughout. Alex stood out as having a mature attitude to his work and positive vision regarding his future. We therefore offered him an apprenticeship here at our Wrexham facility.

 

“Alex has quickly become an instrumental part of our team. Whilst he quietly gets on with his work, he does so with great diligence and has acquired the respect of our entire engineering team. Alex is keen to develop his own designs and take complete ownership of certain projects, which is great to see. He is extremely proactive and we have been impressed by his ability to pick up new skills quickly. We are delighted with his appointment and believe him to be a great fit for our company.”

 

Alex is working towards a three-year apprenticeship in project engineering and will attend Deeside College on day release to complete his L3 Diploma in Technical Support in the Workplace.

Fibrax Appoints New Key Account Manager

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies has appointed Louisa Jones as a new Key Account Manager.

 

Louisa brings with her a wealth of commercial and operational expertise having worked with a number of blue-chip companies throughout Europe. Skilled in process optimisation, Louisa will predominantly manage automotive accounts with the aim of identifying mutually beneficial expansion opportunities leveraged through Fibrax’s global R&D and manufacturing facilities.

 

Louisa has amassed almost twenty years’ experience in service innovation, analytical sales and project management. A multi-linguist fluent in English, German and Italian, Louisa graduated with a BA in Modern European Languages from Durham University where she went on to achieve an MA in Management.

 

Commenting on her appointment, Louisa said:

 

“I am delighted to join Fibrax at a time of significant expansion. The company has already invested in establishing a global infrastructure and has ongoing plans to further develop operations at its three manufacturing sites. I am looking forward to supporting our clients in the automotive industry by developing high performance mouldings that meet the rigorous demands of this ever-evolving and highly regulated sector.”

 

Louisa will be based at the company’s UK manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales. Having welcomed her into his team, Rob Winterbottom, Technical Sales Director, said:

 

“We are thrilled to appoint Louisa as a new Key Account Manager within our automotive manufacturing division. Her appointment will greatly benefit our growth strategy. She possesses a number of competencies that will immediately benefit our customer base, including excellent analytical skills and strategic project planning. She is clearly determined to add value to our account management strategies and we believe she will optimise the relationships we share with our customers operating in the automotive sector.”

 

With global manufacturing facilities in the UK, Poland and Morocco, Fibrax specialises in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance custom rubber, TPE and plastic components.

 

Fibrax raises £635.57 for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

 

Staff at Fibrax’s manufacturing facility in Wrexham have raised an impressive £635.57 for people living with cancer by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030.

 

John O’Brien, Managing Director of Fibrax, said:

 

“We are proud to support this annual event and delighted to have raised such a good amount for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our team at our Wrexham manufacturing facility has been incredibly generous. A number of fantastic raffle prizes were donated by kind staff members and local businesses, including Sylvia Jeffery Limited in Wrexham, The Carriage Tea Room in Llangollen, Avatan Wrexham and Dickens Butchers in Gresford. Every penny counts and we hope our fundraising efforts will make a difference to people living with cancer. I extend thanks to everyone who came to our event and made it such a success.”

New Learning and Development Manager for Fibrax

 

Fibrax Group of Companies has appointed Przemyslaw Solowiej to the position of Learning & Development Manager within the HR department.

 

Przemyslaw has been effectively and efficiently coordinating the company’s UK training and development needs for a number of years. His recent upskilling in education, including the achievement of his CIPD Level 5 qualification and practical trainer development, has highlighted his potential and scope for responsibility.

 

Commenting on Przemyslaw’s new appointment, Lyndsey George, Fibrax’s HR Manager, said:

 

“As the business evolves and grows, we are in the process of developing a stronger focus on our people and their contribution to the Group. With this in mind, we plan to continue investing in the development of our people and the Learning & Development Manager role will be key to achieving this.”

 

In his new position, Przemyslaw will be responsible for overseeing the development and training requirements at our Wrexham site, including the evaluation and coordination of external training activities. He will also deliver various internal training programmes to support manufacturing and will be leading the way in motivating people to learn, acquire and develop new skills.

 

Additionally, Przemyslaw will manage and track the delivery of our internal induction programme and will adopt the Task Book programme to evaluate and develop its purpose and suitability going forwards.

 

Lyndsey added:

“I am proud to join with my colleagues in congratulating Przemyslaw on his significant achievements. I fully envisage he will excel in his new role and I look forward to supporting him in his endeavours.”

Fibrax’s Sylwia Gorska Awarded NEBOSH General Certificate

 

Sylwia Gorska, EHS Practitioner at Fibrax Limited, has been awarded the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety.

 

In her role as Environment and Health & Safety Practitioner at the company’s manufacturing facility in Wrexham, Sylwia is responsible for promoting good working practices that benefit company stakeholders and ensuring Fibrax complies with relevant legislation regarding all activities onsite.

The NEBOSH General Certificate is an internationally recognised Health & Safety standard. Its aim is to help minimise the risk of workplace injuries and illness, increase employee morale and demonstrate a company’s commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees, customers, visitors and contractors.

Sylwia’s role requires her to carry out regular risk assessments and inspections to ensure any potential hazards are recorded and rectified immediately. She delivers training to company employees on relevant safety matters, including the correct use of PPE as well as environmental issues. She proactively escalates any safety issues and makes recommendations as part of Fibrax’s continual improvement strategy.

By gaining the NEBOSH General Certificate, Sylwia has acquired the necessary skillset to implement robust strategies that will help prevent accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses. Commending on her achievement, Sylwia said:

“I am delighted I have successfully achieved the prestigious NEBOSH General Certificate! The programme aligns with my role and I am looking forward to implementing many of its best practices to help maintain a safe working environment for everyone working at and visiting our injection moulding facility in Wrexham.”

Prior to this achievement, Sylwia was awarded the NEBOSH General Certificate in Environmental Management.

Fibrax Invests in Shini Rubber Granulator to Reduce Outgoing Waste

 

Global rubber and plastics injection moulder, Fibrax Limited has invested in the installation of a Shini SG-50 sound-proof granulator that will process rubber waste generated at its manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales.

Fibrax continually seeks to identify the ways in which it can reduce its impact on the environment. The company implemented a closed-loop recycling strategy for thermoplastics some years ago, with scrap plastic waste being re-processed and put back into production. This £20,000 investment in a granulation system for thermoset elastomers is part of a wider programme that seeks to divert waste from landfill and third-party recyclers to alternative value-added streams.

The new granulating equipment will be used to produce high quality fine rubber granulate that is free from contaminants and suitable for use in the sports and leisure industries. Commenting on the investment, Material Technologist, Jonathan Coupe said:

“By installing the Shini SG-50 granulation system, we are able to process EPDM rubber waste effectively and create a quality material for manufacturers of safety play surfaces, 3G sports pitches and equestrian arenas. This investment will reduce our waste management costs and create products that will go directly back into the supply chain.

“As well as granulating our waste, we also manufacture products using raw materials made up of post-consumer waste. By combining these processes into our recycling strategy, we hope to significantly reduce our outgoing waste via third parties.”

 

Recently, Fibrax has passed its latest ISO 14001 environmental audit. Reflecting on this success, Sylwia Gorska, Environment Health & Safety Practitioner at Fibrax said:

“We are delighted this investment into our waste management strategy enables us to reduce our impact on landfill and demonstrate our ability to meet the requirements of ISO 14001. Our aim is to implement a similar waste management scheme with silicone scrap so we can close the loop on the recycling of waste here at Fibrax.”

 

 

Fibrax Supports Engineers of the Future

 

Fibrax Limited, a global manufacturer of plastic and rubber injection mouldings, has collaborated with Coleg Cambria to give four aspiring engineering students the opportunity to gain practical work experience at its facility in Wrexham, North Wales.

 

Earlier in the year, Fibrax was invited by Coleg Cambria to exhibit at a Meet the Employer event. Many promising engineering students attended the event in an effort to secure an apprenticeship with a local business.

 

Over 20 students expressed an interest in learning more about various positions at Fibrax. Having shared career and engineering advice with many on the day, Fibrax invited four students to attend a site visit.

 

The students were keen to accept the invitation and met with department heads in Fibrax’s Technical Engineering and Tooling divisions. Everyone was so impressed by the students’ attitudes that they were offered the opportunity of a week’s work experience at the company’s manufacturing facility.

 

The work experience week gave the students a greater understanding of what their intended careers involved whilst providing an insight into the ways they could progress and advance within an engineering role.

 

Commenting on the opportunity, Lyndsey George, Fibrax’s HR Manager, said:

“The engineering students engaged with great enthusiasm during the week they spent onsite here at Fibrax. They absolutely made the most of the opportunity, participating in various activities and presenting their learnings to the business at the end of the week. We were delighted to host a work experience week for such promising engineers and we are sure they will go on to enjoy very successful careers. We look forward to continuing our affiliation with Coleg Cambria in the future.”

Annual report 2018

2018 was a very eventful and exciting year for Fibrax! As well as exceeding our growth targets for the year, the most notable highlight was the opening of our injection moulding facility in Morocco. This investment will support the needs of our customers operating in this region and beyond. Growth in Morocco’s automotive industry is set to continue and we look forward to playing an active role within its supply chain.
2019 looks set to be a busy year, as we continue to work towards an ambitious growth strategy. We look forward to supporting our existing client base whilst branching out into new markets and streamlining processes throughout the business.
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Fibrax Focus:
Paul Davies

Each month, we shine the spotlight on the people making a difference at Fibrax. Paul Davies, our Production Manager, has never had a day off work in 25 years! Here he shares his greatest achievements, why family is so important and how a life-long passion combined with his attention to detail revealed a hidden talent for motorbike restoration!

Please tell us about your role here at Fibrax.

As Production Manager for Fibrax Limited in Wrexham, I oversee operations throughout our production facility, which includes the management of a 150-strong workforce that makes up this division. I am responsible for running a highly efficient production facility, ensuring our injection moulding machines are fully operational and adequately staffed. I also manage the recruitment and development of employees within my division.

 

How long have you worked at Fibrax?

I have worked at Fibrax for over twenty-five years and have never taken a day off!

 

What qualities do you bring to your team?

To maintain an efficient manufacturing facility, I am required to be organised and communicate effectively with my team at all times. However, it is my ability to smoothly implement changes as demand dictates that really makes a difference. Change management is a challenge many manufacturers face, as it can often be unsettling but, with an open-door policy and upbeat attitude, I actively encourage people to share their concerns in an open, honest environment. In doing so, I strive to maintain a positive working environment and relationships based on mutual respect.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I am privileged to be in a position to help others and I try to do so whenever I can. In such a sizable workforce, it is inevitable someone will be facing some sort of challenge, either in their work or personal life. Taking care of employee wellbeing is vital to the success of our company and a responsibility I take seriously. Whilst working in an incredibly fast-paced manufacturing environment is exciting, being able to make a difference to others is what I enjoy most.

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement at work?

I am very proud of the working environment we have developed here at Fibrax. It has changed considerably since I joined over twenty-five years ago and I am proud to play a role in creating an efficient, clean and agile production facility.

 

What 3 words best describe you?

Loyal, trustworthy and helpful.

 

Who inspires you?

I work with a fantastic management team but it is my wife who has taught me the most about life! As well as helping make the most of my family life, she continually reminds me to see the best in people.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My wife and I have two very active sons and we spend much of our free time watching them enjoy a variety of sports, including football and kickboxing. Personally, I have a passion for motorbikes and love to get out on the road whenever possible!

 

Have you any hidden talents?

Some may say I have a talent whilst my wife would say it’s a time-consuming hobby! Many people will know that I’m a stickler for detail; combining this with my love of motorbikes has led to me successfully restoring several bikes. Due to my fastidious nature, my restored Kawasaki Z1B was featured in Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine and it now resides in South Africa with an avid collector!

We are attending Automechanika Birmingham 2019

We are pleased to announce that Fibrax will be exhibiting at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham from 4th to 6th June 2019.

We will be showcasing a range of products and systems at Stand F80. We look forward to meeting show visitors and exhibitors from across the automotive market.

 

With over 500 exhibitors and 10,200 visitors, Automechanika Birmingham is the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector. Held in association with the SMMT, it brings industry professionals together under one roof.

 

Automechanika Birmingham is open from Tuesday 4th June to Thursday 6th June at the NEC Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.automechanika-birmingham.com. Please click here to register to visit this exhibition.

 

If you want to know more about our products and capabilities, we’d love to meet you at Stand F80!

Fibrax Focus:
Debbie Lonsdale

Each month, we shine the spotlight on the people making a difference at Fibrax. To kickstart 2019, Debbie Lonsdale, a Trimming Inspector, talks about her role, charitable contributions and talent for boules!

Please tell us about your role here at Fibrax.

I work as a Trimming Inspector in the Assembly Division here at Fibrax. We check and assemble products to ensure they are completed to the highest standard.

 

How long have you worked at Fibrax?

I’ve worked here for over twenty-five years!

 

What qualities do you bring to your team?

I’m very organised and enjoy working as part of a team. I work with a great group of people and we all get along very well. I’m also very keen to promote charitable events within the workplace. The management team at Fibrax will always support our efforts if we decide to raise funds for charity. Over the years, I have helped organise fundraising for international crises, coffee mornings for Macmillan, a trolley dash for Children in Need and support for Save the Children. We really have raised a lot of money for good causes and I enjoy promoting these events throughout the business.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I work at Fibrax alongside many family members and close friends. There is a lot of camaraderie amongst us, which creates a supportive working environment. After 25 years, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!

 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement at work?

The work I do for charity gives me the greatest pleasure, as it brings people together for good causes. I am also proud to be a Union Representative; I am responsible for discussing employee concerns with senior management to ensure communication channels remain open.

 

What 3 words best describe you?

Friendly, happy and helpful.

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Family time is very important to me and I love spending time with my grandchildren. I also enjoy socialising with friends.

 

Do you have or have you ever had a nickname?

I’m not sure why but my brother calls me Marge!

 

Have you any hidden talents?

I enjoy playing boules when I’m on holiday and I’m pretty good at it! If we had a local boules club, I would probably take it up as a regular hobby!

Zip Wire Challenge Raises £727 for Nightingale House Hospice

Carole Parry, a Production Operator at our manufacturing facility in Wrexham, completed a daring Zip Wire Challenge following her 70th birthday in aid of Nightingale House Hospice.

On her 70th birthday, Carole received a gift voucher for Zipworld Velocity 2 in Snowdonia. She bravely accepted the challenge and decided to raise money for the local hospice, amassing an impressive total of £727!

Velocity 2 is the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe! Reflecting on her epic feat, Carole said:

“I had talked about taking on the challenge but never thought it would actually happen. When my daughter bought me the voucher, I didn’t hesitate and thought it would be a good opportunity to raise money for charity. My colleagues at Fibrax, along with staff at JCB Transmissions and Ipsen Biopharm, family and friends all contributed to raising this fantastic amount. I was very proud to present the cheque to Nightingale House Hospice.”

Commenting on her achievement, Fibrax’s Managing Director, John O’Brien said:

“We are very proud of Carole. We couldn’t believe it when she explained what she was doing but were delighted to support her. It was very kind of her to raise such a fantastic amount for our local hospice, which does so much for our local area.”

HotSeat - John O'Brien, Managing Director of the Fibrax Group of Companies

Established in 1902, Fibrax has become a leading force in the global supply of rubber and plastic mouldings. John joined his family’s business in 1992 as a plastics and rubber specialist. In 2004, he was appointed managing director of the Fibrax Group, and has actively promoted growth and innovation across all areas of the company in both the UK and new global territories. John recently sat in the PlastikCity HotSeat to discuss latest trends, company growth, greatest challenges and hidden talents!

 

What trends do you think will shape the future of UK plastics? How will Fibrax respond?

In an effort to create an agile, responsive and efficient supply chain, manufacturers across all sectors are increasingly seeking to work with OEMs that can fulfil a range of needs. Inevitably, this is reducing the need for multiple suppliers and companies are having to innovate to keep up with this demand.

Fibrax originated as a rubber moulding company but in the 1990s we progressed into rigid plastics. Whilst we have been doing this for some time, we are now realising the great advantages of being able to overmould (2 shot) rubber and TPE/TPVs onto rigid substrates, as this significantly extends our production capabilities and enables us to support our customers in both automotive and non-automotive industries. We have seen this as a great way of adding value.

How has Fibrax developed during your tenure?

I assumed the role of Managing Director of Fibrax Limited in 2004 and at that time we were based solely in Wrexham, North Wales with a turnover of sub £6m. In just under 15 years, we have opened manufacturing facilities in Sanok, Poland and Casablanca, Morocco. Across these three sites, we now employ over 400 people with a turnover of £20m (2017).

What do you credit as the key to your success?

Our entire team is committed to meeting the needs of our global client base, often assisting them in the development of their products. By driving growth, we are able to invest in our people, technologies and facilities. This continued investment enables us to realise greater opportunities and respond efficiently to customer demands.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

Keeping calm when not all is going to plan!

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry and does that differ from the advice you would give to an Apprentice joining now?

I embarked on a career in engineering through a simple desire to make things that work! Growing up, the example I was set was very much focused on getting on, so I was well supported to progress with my goal. I have always worked to find the right solution with the understanding that everything can be improved. I advise new design engineers that their first ideas might not always be the best; what they must do is work without limitations as only by pushing boundaries will they truly innovate.

What hidden talents do you have?

Professionally, visualising how we can make products in a different way has certainly helped my career.

Personally, some might say my talent lies in my ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime!

 

Read the interview on PlastikMedia here

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Fibrax Successfully Transitions to IATF 16949:2016

Fibrax Limited has successfully transitioned to the new IATF 16949:2016 standard.

Published by the IATF and replacing TS 16949:2008, this new standard clearly defines the requirements of an effective quality management system for organisations operating within the automotive industry.

The Compliance Team at Fibrax has worked tirelessly to ensure all operational practices meet the stringent requirements of this new standard. Commenting on this transition, Neil Andrew, Fibrax’s Compliance Manager said:

“By successfully transitioning to IATF 16949:2016, we can demonstrate our ability to manufacture products of the highest quality for the automotive industry. We work closely with our customers to ensure our products and manufacturing processes meet relevant regulatory requirements. This approach not only ensures we comply with necessary standards but also that we consistently meet the needs of our customers. Our advanced manufacturing capabilities enable us to deliver high performance solutions in a responsive and efficient way.”

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Laser Technology Collaboration Enhances Fibrax's Tooling Capabilities

Fibrax Limited has extended the capabilities of its toolroom by collaborating with mobile laser welding specialists, Harrisons Laser Technology.

Harrisons recently worked onsite at Fibrax’s Wrexham injection moulding facility to make alterations to two existing multi-cavity mould tools that required changes to the cavity engraving. Obsolete characters were removed effectively by laser welding and replaced with new characters using laser engraving technology. Working accurately to within 0.025mm with zero mould distortion ensured the quality of the mould was not compromised.

Through this collaboration, Fibrax can speed up onsite repairs and reduce unnecessary downtime. Commenting on the productivity benefits of laser welding technology, Fibrax’s Technical Sales Director, Rob Winterbottom said:

“Laser welding and engraving offers many benefits to us and our customers, not least the fact that production lines can be reinstated quickly with significantly reduced downtime. From  a quality perspective, seams are slim and flat, and the surface is oxide-free. Dust is not a factor and the contact points on the mould are not impacted.”

He continued:

“Laser welding technology offers a vastly improved marking quality compared to traditional TAG laser systems and we are delighted to be working the Harrisons Laser Technology in this way to deliver an efficient and durable solution for our customers. Harrisons specialises in precision mobile laser welding services to the automotive industry, amongst others, making them a good partner for Fibrax.”

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Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

Fibrax Backs Women V Cancer Cross-Channel Charity Ride

Manufacturing components for the automotive industry, including some of the UK’s most iconic vehicle brands, requires an unwavering ability to Wrexham cyclist, Linda Hampton-Jones joined the fight against cancer by riding from London to Paris in a Women V Cancer charity cycling challenge.

Fibrax has proudly sponsored Linda’s efforts and Ellis Blackman, Sales Manager for the Cycling Division, has provided technical support and advice throughout her training.

Linda took on this challenge in memory of her friend’s daughter, Hayley Jones, who sadly passed away at the young age of 36 years old having been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

This cycle ride was the ninth Women V Cancer challenge; the ladies cycled a total of 240 miles in just three days, ending at the Eiffel Tower! All monies raised will be used to support the work of Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Linda had to raise an incredible £1,600 to take part in the challenge but, with the help of Fibrax and over 50 other supporters, she smashed her target by raising £3,475!

Commenting on the charity challenge, Linda said:

“This was a tough, rewarding, emotional and utterly enjoyable experience! My thanks go to Fibrax Limited and Ellis Blackman for the sponsorship and help in preparing my bike. Helping me through training, servicing my bike and offering general advice was invaluable. So many people have donated or supported me in one way or another and I am delighted to have completed such an epic challenge for a great cause!”

Linda is still accepting donations at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindaltp.

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Kathryn Jenkinson | pr@fibrax.co.uk

Fibrax Promotes Precision Through 3D Technologies

Manufacturing components for the automotive industry, including some of the UK’s most iconic vehicle brands, requires an unwavering ability to consistently maintain the highest possible quality standards.

As one of the UK’s fastest-growing injection moulding companies, Fibrax understands the importance of supporting its customers to develop high performance components, from conception to completion.

Fibrax operates a highly skilled design division where a team of multi-lingual designers and engineers use the latest CAD and CAM software yet the key to the success of many projects delivered in 2018 was the installation of an Objet30 Prime 3D Printer from Stratasys.

This intelligent printer uses Polyjet technologies and complements the SLA and FDM printing technologies already installed at Fibrax’s 3D Print Suite. This technology works in a similar way to inkjet document printing but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, the print head jets microscopic layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray where it instantly cools under UV light.

The Objet30 Prime offers a range of rigid materials, including flexible, transparent, bio-compatible, high temperature resistant and simulated polypropylene. This considerably extends the scope of Fibrax’s prototyping capabilities and can also be used for short runs of technically-complex components.

Commenting on the company’s investment in 3D Technology, Glenn Griffiths, Technical Manager at Fibrax, said:

“Investing in the Objet30 Prime has contributed greatly to our ability to operate efficiently without compromise. Not only has it helped to speed up product design and development but it has reduced the need for conventional prototype tooling for customers, particularly in the automotive sector. Additionally, it has assisted the development of production cells in the form of jigs and fixtures. This means we are able to support the needs of our customers using incredibly cost effective and time efficient methods.”

At Fibrax, all research, design and development is backed by lean manufacturing facilities and stringent testing laboratories. As well as offering precision prototyping, Fibrax has set up its testing facilities to satisfy the exact needs of its customers. This commitment to quality is demonstrated in the company’s adherence to internationally recognised accreditations, including IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management, ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and a number of customer-specific standards.

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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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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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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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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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Fibrax Acquires Plastic Injection Moulding Company, Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd.

 

The Fibrax Group of Companies has acquired Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd, adding a dedicated UK-based plastic injection moulding manufacturing company to its global portfolio.

 

The Fibrax Group comprises a polymeric injection moulding company that operates predominantly in the automotive industry across three global sites and a UK-based cycling business that exports components worldwide. Its strategic manufacturing facilities – situated in the UK, Poland and Morocco - enable Fibrax to offer localised manufacturing expertise, reduce the speed to market and deliver competitive and cost-effective solutions. As a 100% shareholder of Hi-Mark Automotive Ltd, the company is now able to offer its global client base technically-advanced plastic injection mouldings alongside its existing offering.

 

 

Wrexham-based Hi-Mark has been designing and manufacturing high-quality injection moulded components for over forty years. It manufactures products for some of the largest automotive brands in the world. Like Fibrax, it has a British manufacturing heritage and operates a thriving exports division. As part of a truly global group, Fibrax aims to drive future growth by developing Hi-Mark’s range of products, which includes suspension spring isolators and relative-motion spring pads, whilst creating mutually beneficial relationships with customers worldwide.

 

Hi-Mark will continue to operate from its existing purpose-built premises in Wrexham. Business will continue as usual and Hi-Mark will be seamlessly and meticulously integrated into Fibrax’s key systems, operating practices and continuous development strategies.

 

The Fibrax Group now has the capacity and capabilities to offer its customers a full manufacturing solution that includes the design, manufacture and testing of rubber, TPE and plastic components and tooling. Commenting on the acquisition, John O’Brien, Group Managing Director, said:

 

“We are looking ahead to the future with great optimism and enthusiasm. This acquisition signals an excellent start to the year for the Fibrax Group. We look forward to supporting our customers with our extended, full-service offering.”

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