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Clare Goldsberry

April 29, 2016

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Quality accreditation accelerates growth in milestone year for Omega Plastics Group

Quality in tooling and plastic injection molding has its rewards, and April was a winning month for Omega Plastics Group in the United Kingdom: The Blyth-based tooling and plastic injection molding manufacturer received its ISO/TS 16949:2009 accreditation, the global standard for the automotive sector. Since its launch in 2006, Omega Plastics has experienced significant growth in the sector by producing components for Tier One suppliers to various manufacturers including Aston Martin and Nissan.

Omega Plastics Group Quality Manager Paul Anderson (left) and Managing Director Dave Crone with molded products from the automotive industry.

Paul Anderson, Quality Manager, said: “The automotive sector is hugely competitive throughout its supply chain and any business that has aspirations to succeed and grow within it has to consistently deliver the very highest standards. By securing this prestigious quality award in our 10th year of operation, the Omega Plastics Group has demonstrated it has the capability and experience to work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.”

The process to secure ISO/TS 16949:2009 began with a two-day audit conducted by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LQRA), the world’s leading independent provider of business quality assurance, said Omega Plastic Group’s information.

LQRA later carried out a four-day inspection at the firm’s Blyth and Hartlepool sites. “The auditor challenged all aspects of our business from how we receive raw materials to the dispatch of products to customers, as well as closely scrutinizing our internal processes such as purchasing, administration, training, measurement systems and quality control,” explained Anderson. “It is a very thorough audit and having now been accredited we will continue to be monitored to ensure we maintain the requisite standards.”

Since the business started, the company has operated under ISO 9001 and has supplied a range of sectors, experiencing strong growth across its portfolio, particularly in automotive, medical devices and fast-moving consumer goods. Last month, the Omega Plastics Group announced it was forecasting a 50% increase in turnover this year to around £8.5 million ($12.3 million). In addition to the Blyth and Hartlepool facilities, the Omega Plastics Group has a facility in Washington, UK.

Managing Director Dave Crone, commented: “The business has grown exponentially since I launched it at Team Valley, Gateshead, in 2006. Since then we have moved into additional and larger premises, creating more than 70 jobs and expanding our production capability. Our 2015 merger with Signal Plastics brought two successful and innovative businesses together, further strengthening our position in the market for prototype development, specialized tooling and plastic injection molding. Achieving ISO/TS 16949:2009 provides a great springboard into our second decade.” 

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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