Linking Serious Buyers to the Best Suppliers

Serving the UK plastics industry

Author: Carl Futcher

Are we really as careful with our company’s money?

We all like to think that we’re as careful with our company’s money as if it was our own…

But is this the reality? 

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Cost over Price – why quality machinery can prove less expensive

We often think that it is better to buy cheaper equipment, making comments such as “The job is simple to run” or “It doesn’t require all the bells & whistles” to justify the decision. In my experience this doesn’t stack up and the more costly brands are often less expensive in the long run.

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One man’s scrap is another man’s treasure

A PlastikCity customer approached me recently saying he would like to advertise various items from his factory on our website. He knew it was free to advertise so he told his staff to look around the factory and tell him what items were redundant and then put them up on our site.

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The process of refurbishing a plasticising screw

Most screws are suitable for a number of refurbishments before the thermal stresses imparted by re-welding could result in weakening the structure of the base metal and lead to subsequent fracture……

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We say we support UK manufacturing – our Moulders have shown their commitment – is it time for YOU to put money where your mouth is?

USA manufacturing is booming and riding the crest of the Re-Shoring wave. But I’m fearful we’re losing steam in the UK………

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Used or New? What’s best for your business?

During my career I’ve supplied 100’s of new and used injection moulding machines. Determining what is best for your business depends on many factors but essentially the main considerations should be specification and up time requirements.

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What is your REAL scrap rate?

Scrap rates for the injection moulding industry are easy to calculate, but often painful to believe – it is simply the difference in weight between how much plastic you buy in, and the total weight of parts delivered. Typically this is as much as 10%, although when questioned about scrap rates companies reported to us the figures they wanted to talk about – such as “customer reject rates” of 4.5ppm or their “production reject rate” where we heard of 0.001%.  These figures are just self-congratulatory and distorted.

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Are we on Foot or Horseback?

After 20 something years in the plastics industry working for one of the larger extruder manufacturers in the world I am beginning to wonder when replacing critical parts like Barrels and Screws, do we look any further than the price?

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B2B Directories, SEO, PPC – they’re all after your online marketing spend – But what gets you ‘REAL’ results?

Here I explain why PlastikCity encompasses and beats them all if you are a supplier to the UK plastics industry.

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Would we need to be buying in now if we hadn’t started by selling out……

It is fantastic to see UK Manufacturing enjoying a renaissance especially in the Plastic Injection Moulding sector where we have a new buzz word called ‘reshoring’. I can’t help wondering though whether too many businesses were quick to sell out to what was perceived to be the ‘Holy Grail’ in manufacturing in the first place. I wrestle with this question that is rarely asked…

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Are you aware you’re wasting money and losing opportunities with your bad database?

I’m constantly amazed how little attention companies pay to their customer database……

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It’s all about the flow!

It’s not just the temperature of the water or oil that is important in mould temperature control, the rate of flow through all parts of the tool is as critical. PlastikCity partner Tool-Temp explains why,

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Look beyond the price for the right specification

Good advice and long term support is the key. After nearly 30 years in the plastics industry I have seen many suppliers of ancillaries come and go, many shouting from the rooftops how good and technically advanced the equipment is at a claimed low cost of investment and energy……..

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Thank you China!

Thank you China! You made us better, more efficient, improved lead-times, enabled us to make profit from poor quality tools and now it’s less competitive for the Far East to win more business – overseas competition was a good thing!

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Challenges and opportunities of recent polymer price falls…keep calm & carry on?

On behalf of PlastikCity, Plastribution’s Mike Boswell sheds some light on the recent material price falls within the industry…keep calm & carry on?

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Subcontractors: where are you? Put your head above the pulpit your country needs you

I’ve never known a time when sub contractors are in such huge demand. The manufacturing industry is hastily training new recruits and although slowly making progress, it has a lot of catching up to do.

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Do we feel guilty to make a profit with our new found honesty?

Have the true entrepreneurs gone? Have we forgot how to make money? Are we scared to put prices up for risk of losing business?

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Is UK manufacturing benefitting from its new found honesty? Seems so in plastics.

I recall, as young plastic machinery sales engineer in the 80’s, how manufacturing was a pretty unpopular word amongst my friends. I also recall how government grants were often abused by companies, ordering equipment, then running off with the money, or asking suppliers to inflate invoices then keeping the uplift.

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