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May 18, 2016

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Belgrade Polymer Products celebrates 40th anniversary with investments

Belgrade Polymer Products, based in Northamptonshire (UK), is marking its 40th anniversary in the vacuum-forming and injection-molding industry with considerable investments in plant and personnel. The company has installed a new extruder, in addition to making other improvements to its production process and rapid prototyping facilities at its 90,000 ft² facility in Wellingborough. Capable of extruding polypropylene (PP) sheet up to 5mm thick, the new Welex equipment has added greater flexibility to Belgrade’s production capability by creating their ‘raw material’ on site. By expanding its production capabilities, Belgrade is seeking to venture into and to serve new markets.

One of Belgrade’s key products, for example, is their LDPE multi-layer BIBA product. ‘Bag In Barrel’ is a strong, pliable inner liner that eliminates contamination risk from rust, condensation and bacteria in 216-litre steel barrels and is manufactured exclusively in the UK by Belgrade Polymer Products. BIBA prevents waste through contamination and overcomes environmental issues associated with disposal of the drums.

As part of the firm’s new growth strategy, two new recruits have joined the company – Patrick Burke as General Manager and Dougie Black, as Business Development Manager. Burke, who leads the manufacturing and sales development of the business, has previously held senior management positions within the building products, plastics extrusion and aluminum extrusion market.

The company’s investments in personnel and plant, coupled with its 40th anniversary, marks a ‘turning point’ for Belgrade. “As a well-established player in the plastics industry since 1976, we are arguably one of its ‘best-kept secrets’, despite supplying some of the biggest brands in a range of diverse sectors,” said General Manager Burke.

“Thanks to recent financial investment, we are now aiming to grow the business with enhanced capability to produce an ever-widening variety of products that benefit our clients and suit their bespoke requirements. We’re looking forward to the next 40 years with optimism!”

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