PlastikCity, an online facility for the provision of purchasing and supplier information for the plastics industry, has launched a new initiative to help the best UK moulders secure more work.
‘Source a Moulder’ is designed to both promote the capabilities and competences of the UK’s plastics manufacturers, as well as help individuals or companies source the right supplier for a job.
“We focussed on injection moulding first, as this was the process in which we had the most extensive experience,” explained Carl Futcher, PlastikCity’s Managing Director.
“Due to the high number of injection moulding companies, we organised the section geographically into North, Midlands and South UK. Consistent to PlastikCity’s ethos we limited the number of companies to six per geographic area.”
The search facility presents information on a company’s specialities, as well as machine tonnages and location, enabling potential purchasers to get a quote for work from the most relevant providers.
After the successful implementation of the injection moulding database, which already features 20 moulders, PlastikCity has expanded the facility to cover extrusion, blow moulding, rotational moulding, vacuum forming and specific moulding applications.
The website in general has developed to include a ‘live chat’ facility, where queries from visitors can be immediately addressed, as well as a ‘production capacity’ section, where companies can advertise immediately available weekly capacity on particular machines.
In order to ensure that work is kept within the UK plastics manufacturing industry, PlastikCity has most recently set up a ‘Moulder’s Circle’, designed to instigate conversation between suppliers so that leads may be passed on if a designated company cannot facilitate a request.
“Some 90 percent of our partners have joined this group, which is designed for the exchange of leads between the partners who are unable to satisfy the enquiry themselves. Many companies receive enquiries where they don’t have for example, spare capacity, machines large enough, special applications, volumes too low etc.,” Futcher continued.
The ‘Source A Moulder’ facility is the latest addition to PlastikCity, which already covers UK suppliers of tooling, polymer, recycling material, ancillaries, masterbatch, asset finance, automation, services, screws and barrels and more. In addition, it has a comprehensive industry jobs and used and surplus equipment/material facility.
Futcher says PlastikCity will continue to develop and strengthen its offering, with the addition of more selected partners, more tools and more information to promote the UK plastics industry.
For more information, or to source a moulder, click here.