“Not only did we celebrate our 65th birthday in 2021, but we also celebrated being named Processor of the Year at the Plastics Industry Awards.
Processor of the Year is awarded to a UK plastics processor who can demonstrate his overall achievement in a number of areas, business enterprise and growth, technical innovation, human development, production efficiency, customer relations and environmental concerns. In other words, a world-class universal processor, ”said Stuart Johnston, director, Rutland Plastics.
Based in Oakham, Rutland, and serving customers in all sectors in the UK and worldwide, Rutland Plastics’ core business is the production of plastic parts through an injection molding process. Founded in January 1956 by Ron Smart and Don Ansel, the family-run company started with just two molding machines and now operates 31 machines on site. This growth comes from years of constant commitment to reinvestment, education and the community.
Rutland Plastics offers a full range of plastics injection molding services, including design, mold analysis, prototyping, molding tools and a wide range of additional services such as machining, gluing, assembly and storage. “We can meet all customer requirements and needs. We offer consulting with the design of the production process, design and manufacture of tools and, of course, the manufacture of plastic parts. We can also help customers who just need extra capacity on the molding machine. We have the flexibility and experience to work with customers at every stage of the production process, “said Stewart.
Offering a wide range of services, Rutland Plastics has on-site molding machines from 50 tons to 1700 tons with the ability to produce products from 1 g to over 45 kg in weight and 1.5 m in size. “We have decades of experience in all sectors and this experience means that we have worked with almost every type of thermoplastic, product and tool design,” said Stewart.
All services are marked with a guarantee of quality through their accreditations under ISO9001, ISO13485 and ISO14001. In addition, Rutland Plastics is a proud member of BPF, GTMA and Made in Britain.
Last year, due to growing customer demand, Rutland Plastics switched to round-the-clock production to ensure that customer demand was met. In 2016, Rutland Plastics invested in 900 solar photovoltaic panels and has since generated over 900,000 kWh. These panels contribute to up to 15% of demand, and the rest of the electricity needed is purchased through a certified renewable energy supply. Continuing his environmental contribution, Stewart mentioned: “We plan to increase the number of solar panels, as well as purchase more energy-efficient molding machines so that we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint.
During COVID-19, Rutland Plastics responded to the demands of the medical industry. The production was engaged in the supply of components of the compressed gas system, parts for Nightingale hospitals and fans. “We also partnered with Oakham School to make 40,000 face visors for local health workers, which we donated for free,” Stewart said.
The sign of a truly sustainable and flexible business is overcoming difficulties. Thriving during COVID-19, Rutland Plastics has positively adapted its business operations to enable continuous growth.
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