Formaplex has installed two semi-automated paint lines at its injection moulding facility at Voyager Park, Portsmouth in the UK. The company makes injection mould tooling and plastic components for the low-volume automotive industry, including prestige brands and sports cars.
Formaplex has made a £1.5m (€1.8m) investment to increase capacity and broaden its finishing capabilities. It is able to supply moulded components as individual items or as complete assemblies, which can be painted, primed or flocked, if required by the customer.
The facility at Voyager Park was opened last year. It houses 15 injection moulding machines.
Russ Hammacott, a director at Formaplex, said: “We have recently won long term contracts for multiple key new projects. The investment in our new paint facility will ensure we have the additional capacity to continue to provide our services and world class products to our expanding blue-chip customer base.”
In the new paint lines, under floor conveyor systems with fully extracted and balanced floors are incorporated within the multi-chamber spray booths. These house designated preparation, cleaning, paint and drying areas and integrated baking ovens.
Formaplex also has a further six climate controlled spray booths/drying ovens which are integrated in its manufacturing facilities.
The company employs more than 500 people, based across four sites on the UK south coast, with 270,000 square feet of manufacturing space.