In the past year two full time employees of Europlaz have completed an apprenticeship in Performing Manufacturing Operations.
Europlaz Apprentices Luke Gibson and Steven Percival – completed December 2014
Luke Gibson has worked at Europlaz for seven years and decided to take on the apprenticeship to expand his knowledge and learn new skills. Since finishing the course he has taken an interest in Injection Mould Setting and is currently completing an in house training programme along side our more experienced setters.
Steven Percival has worked at Europlaz for two years, he started in production before quickly being transfered to the tool room. Today he is an assistant tool technician and is a valued member of the team.
Through the apprenticship Steven discovered he has exceptional maths skills and could be a skilled engineer. This April Steven is going on to start his level two Diploma in Engineering at Chelmsford College. It is a day release course and will really test and expand the knowledge and skills needed in the tool room at Europlaz.
Both apprentices worked very hard during their course and Europlaz is extremely proud to have them on the team and to watch them both grow and develop in confidence as well as in practical knowledge.
We look forward to putting more young people through apprenticeship courses and wish Steven and Luke every success.
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The latest Europlaz Technologies staff newsletter provides information, our latest news and an insight into projects taking place within the company.
Europlaz Staff Newsletter December 2013
Europlaz has expanded to accommodate two new cleanrooms and further design and development offices
Page two of Europlaz staff newsletter – December 2013
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UK contract manufacturer of finished devices Europlaz has seen an increase in customers returning from China after the promise of Chinese outsourcing has not quite lived up to the reality.
Europlaz chief designer and project engineer develop products in partnership with the customer, taking into account end user satisfaction as well as efficient manufacturing.
As the Chinese economy grows wages are increasing and this has a huge impact on the cheap prices that once manufacturing in the UK could just not compete with. There is also the cost of visiting and ‘checking up’ on manufacturing processes in China as quality standards are not necessarily adhered to in the same way as here in the UK.
It is this uncertainty bringing customers back to the UK. Lead times are obviously high when you take into account the distance; a regular supply on a 4-6 week wait is manageable, unless of course there is a problem with stock. One mistake or oversight can mean obsolescent stock, wasting time and money throughout the entire supply chain.
The BPF has published a discussion document entitled ‘The UK Plastics Industry: A Strategic Manufacturing Sector’.
The BPF are encouraging comment from the industry for use in further discussions.
The remainder of this post is a quoted directly from the BPF document:
Conclusion and Key Messages for Government
The plastics industry is critical to the success of UK Government’s manufacturing strategy. Due to their versatility plastics are now essential for most manufacturing and distribution industry sectors. Continue reading