“Not only did we celebrate our 65th birthday in 2021 but we also celebrated being named Processor of the Year at the Plastic Industry awards.
Processor of the Year is awarded to a UK plastic processor who can demonstrate their overall excellence across a number of areas, business enterprise and growth, technical innovation, people development, manufacturing efficiency, customer relations and environmental concerns. In other words, an all-round world-class processor,” stated Stuart Johnston, Director, Rutland Plastics.
Based in Oakham, Rutland, and serving customers from all sectors across the UK and globally, Rutland Plastics’ core business is the manufacturing of plastic parts through the injection moulding process. Established in January 1956 by Ron Smart and Don Ansell, the family run company started out with just two moulding machines and now operates with 31 machines on site. This growth comes from years of steadfast dedication to re-investment, education and the community.
Rutland Plastics offer a full range of plastic injection moulding services including design, mouldflow analysis, prototyping, mould tool making and a wide range of additional services such as machining, gluing, assembly and warehousing. “We can meet all customer requirements and needs. We offer advice with design for the manufacturing process, mould tool design and production, and of course the manufacture of plastic parts. We can also help customers who just need extra moulding machine capacity. We have the flexibility and expertise to work with customers at any stage of the manufacturing process,” said Stuart.
Offering an extensive range of services, Rutland Plastics have moulding machines on site from 50 tonnes to 1,700 tonnes with product manufacturing capabilities from 1g to over 45kg in weight and 1.5m in size. “We have decades of experience of working across all sectors and this experience means we have worked with almost every type of thermoplastic, product and tool design around,” stated Stuart.
All services are marked with an assurance of quality through their ISO9001, ISO13485, and ISO14001 accreditations. Furthermore, Rutland Plastics is a proud member of the BPF, GTMA and Made in Britain.
Last year, due to increasing customer demand, Rutland Plastics moved to a 24/7 production to ensure that customer demand was met. In 2016 Rutland Plastics invested in 900 solar photovoltaic panel and has since generated over 900,000kWh. These panels contribute up to 15% of demand and the remaining electricity required is purchased through a renewable energy certificated supply. In continuation to its environmental contributions, Stuart mentioned, “We plan to increase the number of solar panels as well as purchase more energy efficient moulding machines so that we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Throughout COVID-19, Rutland Plastics reacted to the demands of the medical industry. Productions were busy supplying compressed gas system components, parts for the Nightingale hospitals and ventilators. “We also teamed up with Oakham School in making 40,000 face visors for local frontline healthcare workers which we donated free of charge,” mentioned Stuart.
The mark of a truly resilient and flexible business is to overcome adversity. Thriving throughout COVID-19, Rutland Plastics has positively adapted its business operations to enable continuous growth.