Pentagon Plastics, an injection molding specialist based in Sussex, UK, recently welcomed the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and a select group of leading plastics experts to a site tour and industry talk.
Approached by the BPF to host its third tour event, the team at Pentagon was thrilled and honored to be chosen. Attending companies included Tex Plastics, Broanmain, Lysis Technologies, Numatic and Sharpak. Richard Brown, Managing Director of RJG Technologies Ltd., was the guest speaker.
Several people shared industry insights including Sara Cammarano of the BPF, who opened the visit by discussing safety in plastics manufacturing and explaining how the British-industry led SIMPL initiative has been growing and improving health and safety in plastics since October 2010.
Paul Edwards, Managing Director of the Pentagon Plastics Group, followed Cammarano, and discussed the aims, goals and history of the family-run business.
Incredibly relevant to the plastics industry, RJG’s Brown presented his talk on the skills gap in UK manufacturing. Advances and investment in technology and automation were discussed with a focus on how a skilled workforce will always be needed to operate machinery and ensure a return on investment.
Methods to solve the skills gap include companies offering more training and apprenticeships, building the knowledge base and developing staff that will have long-lasting careers in the industry.
Following the welcome and talks, Paul Edwards led the attendees on a tour of the manufacturing facilities at both Pentagon Plastics and the adjacent Phoenix Engineering, including molding processes, tool room capabilities and secondary operations.
“Hosting a BPF factory tour has been a delight and we were honored to be asked by the federation. It has been a brilliant opportunity to showcase our own growth and expansion over the last six years,” commented Edwards. “I strongly believe that the plastics industry in the UK will go from strength to strength provided those in it work together, but it is also essential that we encourage people to join the industry at all levels.”