Birmingham plastics manufacturer on form with innovation award

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Earlier this month a wealth of manufacturers from across the Midlands got together to celebrate the very best of industry achievement from the last 12 months.

The Made in the Midlands awards, now in it’s sixth year, gave recognition for investment, innovation, growth, export and diversity across the sector. Amongst this year’s winners was Birmingham based Thermotec Plastics.

Thermotec picked up the Manufacturing Achievement award for their innovative approach to new business, resulting in further work from an existing customer and creating a number of new market opportunities.

After one of their key clients, a luxury auto manufacturer, had a specific requirement for performance related data for a new composite material that Thermotec were using to make their components, Thermotec enlisted the help of WMG at the University of Warwick to gather valuable data on the properties of the material themselves.

Through WMG’s funded support programme for SMEs at the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation, Thermotec were able to access the facilities they needed free of charge, including expert mentoring and guidance enabling the company to conduct the testing themselves going forward.

David Rose, managing director of Thermotec Plastics said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for our achievement at the Made in the Midlands awards. The competition was tough, and it’s fantastic to be recognised for our efforts by such an influential organisation.”

He continued: “It has been a lot of hard work for the whole team here; we are now fully set up to offer this new material to new and existing customers, giving us the opportunity to win contracts that wouldn’t have been possible before.”

Dr Mark Swift, Head of SME Programmes at WMG said:

“We were delighted to work with Thermotec Plastics on this materials project and the award win is testament to the hard work and innovative approach that David and his team have implemented over recent months. The SME team at WMG is set up to support SMEs with innovation challenges and to embed new thinking and technology into businesses to help them grow and compete.”

Thermotec Plastics are bespoke suppliers of engineered solutions in vacuum forming and polyurethane mouldings, working across a variety of sectors including Automotive, Off- Highway and Military.

For further information Thermotec can be contacted on 0121 327 7800.

For more information on WMG’s SME support programme visit www.warwick.ac.uk/iipsi or call 02476 574 299