Data Plastics Celebrate 25 Year Anniversary
An air of excitement could be felt at Data Plastics on Friday 12 June as David Cameron was warmly welcomed to their Witney site to celebrate 25 years of manufacture and to see for himself British manufacturing at its very best.
Carl Reeve, the co-founder and Managing Director personally gave the Prime Minister a tour of Data Plastics facilities. The PM met and chatted with members of staff on the factory floor and offices and was very interested to share in the company’s success story.
Data Plastics was founded in 1990 and has steadily grown over its 25 years in business and currently design, tool, manufacture and assemble plastic injection mouldings to over 1500 customers in the UK and around the world. The company is very proud to be flying the flag for British manufacturing, competing and winning orders from companies who previously sourced their plastic parts from China. Carl advised “This has been done by competitive pricing, expertise, quality and gradually the tide has turned back to UK manufacturing. Data Plastics prides itself on providing consistent high quality moulded parts working across diverse industrial sectors which include engineering, retail, automotive, medical and pharmaceutical”.
Carl explained to the Prime Minister that Data Plastics have a reputation for supporting entrepreneur’s and start-up businesses by working closely with clients throughout every stage of the manufacturing process from the initial design to the end product. Shaun Pulfrey from Tangle Teezer who joined the celebrations shared his story and told the Prime Minister how he was given the support and assistance he needed. The Tangle Teezer was turned down by TV’s Dragons Den but with Data Plastics help and expertise from initial concept to end product he was able to take his product successfully to market. Shaun explained “Carl and the team at Data Plastics have played a significant role in the success of Tangle Teezer. From helping me design early prototypes and despatch orders to assistance with trialling new materials, they are constantly looking to improve processes and streamline not just their operation but ours as well. I am immensely proud of the fact we manufacture our entire product range here in the UK; it’s at the very heart of our brand”.
The PM was very impressed to see the Class 7 Clean room facility and state of the art electric moulding machines in operation. He was advised Data Plastics has seen significant growth and development in the last couple of years. With continued investment in plant machinery, increase in warehousing facility, staff training and development Data Plastics has managed to keep pace and compete with the Far East.
The PM was shown some of the innovative products that are currently being developed and he was particularly impressed with the satellite phone that Data Plastics is working alongside Satcase, a local company based at Harwell Innovation Centre.
David Cameron commented “small and medium businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and Data Plastics is an excellent example of a company combining creativity and innovative techniques to produce world class products”.