Polish plastics converter Splast z.o.o. has continued to grow its manufacturing base in Krosno, southern Poland with the launch of a new research and development centre.
The centre, formally opened earlier this year, is equipped with a range of equipment including a scanner measuring machine, a coordinate measuring (CMM) machine, multi sensor measuring equipment, and a 3D printer, said the company.
Splast, a technical plastics injection moulder, based in Krosno after switching its headquarters to the city, produces chiefly moulded plastic components for the automotive and electronics sectors. It also serves the home appliance, cosmetics and office furniture industries.
Until 2014, Splast operated a single plant in Jedlicze in south eastern Poland, but then constructed its second manufacturing unit at Krosno. Last year, that operation was expanded with a new 10,455m2 production hall, more injection moulding lines and extra warehousing on a 14,000m2 site as part of a €7m project. This created 40 new jobs.
Today, the family owned firm founded in 1989, has a 500-strong workforce with a combined land site area of 8.5 ha. Operating round the clock seven days a week, Splast now consumes 35 tonnes of raw material per day, it says. Sixty per cent of its output is exported.
Overall, Splast is equipped with 39 injection moulding machines in a range of clamping forces from 40t - 2,000t from suppliers including Engel, Arburg, Krauss Maffei and JSW. It is capable of providing Mucell and gas injection technologies.
The company grew on the back of a successful business producing plastics-based professional manual cleaning trolley kits, widely used in and beyond Poland by cleaners in public buildings like offices, hotels, hospitals and factories.
Apart from the moulding capability, Splast operates its own tool shop where it now turns out around 80 moulds per year.