News Update 2010

First 6 months were both challenging and rewarding.

2010 started with some of the worst snow conditions we could remember especially here in the northwest. It’s all just a distant memory now but it affected the first 2 months at least with many business playing catch up.

With the arrival of several new tools for the growing range of dessert pots we invested in 2 new mould presses for this thin wall section specialist product range. We can now produce up to 25 million pots over the range from our on site clean environment.

During an extensive search of the UK’s moulding companies P&R were short listed to produce tooling and parts of an all new Mercedes Benz headrest. The tool, complex in its very nature was completed on schedule (which was tight to say the least) and passed all necessary tests. The mould process includes the automatic addition of inserting a pair of hinges into the part. As a single impression, the job would challenge many a toolmaker in the UK and as a 2 imp it will certainly remain perhaps one of our most challenging projects here at P&R.

In April P&R formed a supply agreement with a leading retailer of consumer electrical products and house wares. This had led to a range of unique baking trays made from an exotic polymer specially formulated for this application. The partnership involved P&R the customer and the developer of the material. The tools were made and designed here at P&R over the course of a 12 week period. The range including bun trays and loaf tins can also be used in a microwave. The USP is that although similar in price to traditional metal trays the oven temperatures and cooking times are reduced. You should see these in supermarkets across the country very soon.

News on the team.

We are very pleased to announce that P&R’s former long serving QC manager Rob Leatherbarrow is back with us after a 3 year absence. Rob returns as Project Manager in an area we feel he will excel at and a position that certainly exists here at P&R with the amount of new customers/projects coming through.