George Utz, the manufacturer of plastic containers, pallets and dollies, continues to go from strength to strength here in the UK. Following the announcement of very successful year-end figures and on the strength of a healthy and consistently growing order book, the Group is now making an enormous £750,000 capital investment into its Midlands-based plant in the form of a new injection moulding machine, a handing system and a cooling system unit. The total investment is around £750,000 and will enable the company to achieve substantial growth in turnover and its workforce, in line with its projected targets, into 2013 and beyond.
The injection moulding machine, from KraussMaffei in Germany, will arrive mid-September and will take approximately 5 days to install. With a 1000 tonne clamping force, the machine will produce dollies, pallets and containers in Polypropylene and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) up to a footprint of 1000mm x 800mm, and will increase Utz's production capacity and cost efficiency.
The new technology also further enhances George Utz's In-Mould-Label technology which it first introduced in the UK last year with a large project for a high street retailer. This means that full colour logos or barcodes can be injection moulded into the wall of a container, allowing a permanent and robust bond between the label and crate for very high durability.
Running alongside the new machine will also be a new automated handling system (robot) from Wittman-Battenfield, which is renowned for its accuracy, reliability and service and which works perfectly with Utz's existing software interface.
The machinery will be cooled with a state-of-the-art hydraulic cooling system from Reisner AG-Germany, which includes a highly energy efficient compressor – once again showing George Utz's commitment to using environmentally friendly technology wherever possible.
Commenting on the new investments, General Manager Carsten Diekmann explains "We are very aware that to continue to develop and grow we must continuously improve our technology in order to meet the demands of our growing customer base. We are all excited about the new machinery and already have orders in place which will keep it busy 24/7 for many months ahead."
George Utz has booked a space at IMHX at the NEC in 2013 where it will once again be exhibiting its containers, pallets and dollies.