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THE NEXT GENERATION OF CNC MACHINING AT ACTIONPLAS
18th September 2019
ActionPlas took the giant step into apprenticeships last year, and after an initial rocky start we can now see what huge benefits can be gained from them.
So we've done it again!
Welcome Nathan, Waiz and Jacob our apprentices for 2019.
Waiz and Jacob will join Jordan, our superstar 2018 apprentice, training on CNC Machining, whilst Nathan is our inaugural Design Technician apprentice.
As with Jordan, all academic training is to be completed with the support of Appris Engineering College, Bradford.
Welcome Nathan, Waiz and Jacob to ActionPlas family!
ACTIONPLAS APPRENTICESHIP HIGH!
2nd July 2019
Actionplas took the giant step into apprenticeships in 2018.
It was a challenging start when the initial three apprentices very quickly reduced to one. But what a one we have!
Jordan has excelled all expectations, he's shown huge initiative and has even brought a new lease of life to the shop floor. He very quickly became an integral part of the team, and his keen and questioning nature has seen him progress beyond the level of training required.
This was highlighted last week when he very proudly accepted the Personal Achievement Award at Appris Engineering College for all his hard work over the last academic year.
Very Well Done Jordan, keep it up over the coming years!
A FOND FAREWELL!
24th June 2019
A fond farewell to one of our longest serving employees.
Today we said a fond farewell to our longest serving employee, our Quality Manager Graham Gibson.
After a massive 27 years at Actionplas Ltd, Graham has decided to hang up his callipers and move on to whole new adventure.
We wish Graham well for the future and grateful for the wealth of knowledge, advice, support and experience he has imparted on all at Actionplas Ltd over his many years with us.
Good Luck Graham!
MADE IN YORKSHIRE 2019 MANUFACTURING EXHIBITION
18th June 2019
In May 2019, Actionplas exhibited at one of the UK's largest manufacturing and engineering events, the Made in Yorkshire expo at Elland Road, Leeds.
In May this year Actionplas exhibited at the Made in Yorkshire Expo for Manufacturing and Engineering Industries within the Yorkshire area at Elland Road, Leeds.
The 4th annual event was the biggest ever, with close to 100 exhibitors with stands representative of the diverse range of industries characteristic of the Yorkshire area. With thousands of visitors looking to find out more about manufacturing in the region.
We had a great time talking with MD's, CEO's and even future customers about our business aims, products and services we offer.
Bring on MIY Expo 2020!
MADE IN YORKSHIRE BREAKFAST EVENT 18/07/18
23th July 2018
Last week we teamed up with Made in Yorkshire to host a breakfast networking event for all MiY members.
The morning comprised of a tour of our facilities and a presentation about our company, followed by a chance to network before the event officially ended. It was a great way to meet all other MiY members, and to showcase our 5S strategy, as well as our new apprenticeship program that is commencing this September.
We would like to thank Made in Yorkshire for the opportunity, and a thank you to everybody who attended the event.
Head to our social media to find out more about the event:
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn: @ActionPlas
MOCK INTERVIEWS WITH YR 10 PUPILS AT LOCAL SCHOOL
12th July 2018
On Tuesday, Ruth from our ActionPlas team joined Year 10 pupils at Pudsey Grangefield School to help them with mock job interviews as part of their training and development for the big wide world.
It’s safe to say they all did great and were definitely up for the challenge!
MADE IN YORKSHIRE 2018 MANUFACTURING EXHIBITION
6th June 2018
In May, Action Plas exhibited at one of the UK's largest manufacturing and engineering events, the Made in Yorkshire expo.
On the 17th of May, ActionPlas exhibited at the Made in Yorkshire expo for manufacturers and engineers. Made in Yorkshire is one of the biggest manufacturing exhibitions that takes place in the UK. The exhibition was attended by a number of companies, both small and large, from all across the Yorkshire region. We had a great time talking to Managing Director’s, CEO’s and even hopeful customers about our business aims, and the products and services that we offer. Not only this, but our stand was situated opposite the coffee station which made our day so much better!
Until next time, #MiYExpo2018
JOHN'S FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
6th June 2018
Throughout April and May, John took part in a series of 3 challenges to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Our ActionPlas sales director, John, has been very busy over the last few months, partaking in a number of activities in order to raise money for our chosen charity of the year, the Great Ormond Street Hospital. First John swapped his work shoes for trainers as he tackled the very muddy Yorkshire Warrior obstacle course. There wasn’t much time for him to relax as he then went on to conquer the Bradford 10K just a week later. Surely two physically-straining challenges wasn’t enough for John. For the final event, we saw John and Judd tackle the Leeds half marathon and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky as they both passed the finish line. We even received a tweet from the Great Ormond Hospital congratulating John and Judd on their achievement of completing the event!
Our team at ActionPlas would like to celebrate John for his achievement in finishing all three events, managing to raise a grand total of £330 for the Great Ormond Street charity. You truly are helping to make a difference, John. If you wish to donate and help raise money for an incredibly worthy cause, you can still donate money by clicking here.
Keep updated with us for future fundraising challenges later on in the year.
ACTIONPLAS INVESTING IN LOCAL ENGINEERING TALENT
26th April 2018
This September we’re introducing an apprenticeship scheme that aims to recruit the next generation of engineers.
Working closely with Appris, a Bradford-based charity organisation dedicated to providing specialist apprenticeship training for young people, we’re looking to recruit three Level 3 apprentices that will work in our CNC Milling, Turning and Fabrication & Routing departments.
“We’re really excited about investing in our local economy and to be able to create these brilliant opportunities for young Yorkshire residents entering the local workforce,” said Chris Wray, managing director at ActionPlas.
“We are enjoying fantastic success following recent investment in facilities, staff and machinery, with huge demand for our innovative products so this is the perfect opportunity for anyone with determination, talent and enthusiasm. We can help to build new careers while ensuring our customers continue to enjoy a high-quality service.”
Kenny Stoddart, Operations Director at Appris said: “It’s fantastic that a leading Yorkshire-based manufacturer, such as ActionPlas, is offering apprenticeships to the local community – it’s a fantastic way to future proof their workforce and for young people to see there are alternative routes to finding a skilled and rewarding career in engineering and manufacturing.”
“Engineering plays a vital role in driving the UK economy and the demand for qualified engineers is well recognised by employers, the engineering profession and the government.”
We've already attracted excellent candidates from local comprehensive school and sixth form, Pudsey Grangefield School. If you're a determined, talented and enthusiastic individual with an interest in developing a career in engineering, you can register here: www.appris.co.uk/apprenticeships.
Appris Charity is a not for profit registered charity, formed in 2011 after the merger of Bradford Training Association Limited and Leeds Training Trust. Supporting over 300 apprenticeships across the engineering and manufacturing sector, Appris was graded Good by Ofsted in November 2017.
Click here to talk to a member of our team today.
EVENTS: MACH 2018
26th April 2018
Our team recently attended this year’s MACH event at the NEC in Birmingham as a means of discovering the latest engineering-based technologies.
Our team recently attended this year’s MACH event at the NEC in Birmingham as a means of discovering the latest engineering-based technologies. Impressed by the latest development of robotics and automated machinery, we’re looking to implement advanced 5-axis machinery into the ActionPlas workshop in the forthcoming months. Not only will this increase the capacity and alter the capabilities of what we can offer customers, but it will help to shape the future of our production and machining.
Additionally, on the 17th May ActionPlas will be exhibiting at the day-long Made In Yorkshire event, which aims to bring together the leaders of manufacturing and engineering services in Yorkshire. If you’re based in the Yorkshire area and you’re interested in our products and services, pop by our stand for a friendly chat with our team. We hope to see you there!
THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE ACTIONPLAS WAREHOUSE
6th March 2018
Say hello to our most recent addition to the ActionPlas workshop... the Kappa V60 vertical panel saw from Felder!
It’s been a busy few months here at ActionPlas! We’ve had a new floor, welcomed new members of staff to the team and had more machines delivered as part of our ongoing investment.
Our most recent addition to the ActionPlas workshop, the Kappa V60 vertical panel saw from Felder, will help us to achieve greater control over pre-processing methods, meaning that we are able to effectively and accurately process cut-to-size plastic panels, as well as ensuring delivery times are always met.
Paired with our large stock holding on a vast range of engineering plastics, industrial plastics and high-performance plastics, we are able to offer a next day cutting service.
Click here to get in touch with our team to see how we can help.
INVESTMENT IN NEW PREMISES PAYS OFF FOR ACTIONPLAS!
January 12, 2023
ActionPlas, one of the UK’s leading speciality machinists and supplier of plastics, has reaped the benefits of its 2017 warehouse expansion with impressive quarterly sales – up 47% year on year.
In 2017, we expanded into a new warehouse at our headquarters at Grangefield Industrial Estate in Richardshaw Road, boosting our space by 13,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet.
In the first four months following the move, sales rose by 12% compared to the previous quarter and up 47% on the same quarter in the previous financial year. Since October, we have secured seven new customers – a record quarterly haul!
New machinery, including a Mini Mill and Vertical Panel Saw, has been installed to increase processing speeds and the ability to offer faster delivery and improved quality for bespoke cutting.
A recruitment drive has also led to the appointment of a graduate mechanical design engineer, two additional CNC machine operatives and an internal sales trainee.
Chris Wray, managing director at ActionPlas, said: “Our investment in facilities, staff and machinery has borne fruit, with fantastic performances in both sales and customer acquisition. We will continue to invest and evolve to cement our role as the country’s leading speciality machinists and plastics suppliers, delivering high quantities in rapid turnaround times.”
ACTIONPLAS INVESTING OVER £1 MILLION TO DRIVE AMBITIOUS GROWTH
30th June 2017
Here at ActionPlas, we are delighted to announce significant investment in personnel, new machinery and an expansion of our production facilities (by an additional 13,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet), as a strong commitment to supporting our customer base.
New state-of-the-art machinery, including an innovative hybrid CNC production system combining heavy-duty routing with fast knife cutting, provides increased processing speeds and the ability for increased customisation.
The AXYZ Trident 6010 7G CNC Router’s oscillating knife will allow us to process thinner, flexible materials including foam core and corrugated plastic, delivering clean cut edges without fraying. We can now also process thicker, softer materials and quickly achieve exact alignment with printed shapes.
The purchase of two Haas Mini-Mill 2 Vertical Machining Centres offers increased our milling capacity and high-speed processing capabilities.
Our financial injection is a sign of the commitment and dedication we have towards supporting the production, continuous improvement and growth plans of our customer base.
Large investment has also been made to the ActionPlas workforce, which has grown by 11 new employees since 2015, as we welcomed new team members in sales, human resources and production. Further positions are due to be announced following the recent investments, with vacancies both regionally & nationally across sales, design and management expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Details of the vacancies will be published on the ActionPlas website.
The expansion into a new warehouse at our Grangefield Industrial Estate headquarters - one of the principal industrial estates of Leeds - has grown both production and stock space.
Chris Wray, Managing Director at ActionPlas, said: “In line with our growth strategy and to meet an increasing demand for our products, we have made significant investment in our workplace, machinery and personnel to allow for increased output, shorter lead times and the ability to take on more work.”
“We’re confident that our continued investment in innovation and technology will help us achieve the growth in capacity and capability we need to support new projects, future-proof our business and ensure we can continue to offer our customers a complete, high-quality service, while remaining flexible to evolving trends.”
HERE'A A SNEAK PEAK INTO OUR BRAND NEW PREMISES!
30th June 2017
Here'a a sneak peak into our brand new premises!
As you may know, we have recently invested over £1 million in our workforce, machinery and production facilities to meet growing demand for speciality plastics. Here is a look into our new Grangefield Industrial Estate headquarters in Pudesy, Leeds. We are currently in the process of adding in our new state-of-the-art machinery, including an innovative hybrid CNC production system combining heavy-duty routing with fast knife cutting, provides increased processing speeds and the ability for increased customisation.
The expansion has given us an additional 13,000 square feet (a total of 25,000 square feet) which has grown both production, stock space and office for us. We’re confident that our continued investment in innovation and technology will help us achieve the growth in capacity and capability we need to support new projects. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for updates on our new premises.
INFOGRAPHIC: OUR £1M INVESTMENT
30th June 2017
You may have previously read the announcement about our recent significant investment in personnel, new machinery and an expansion of our production facilities, as a strong commitment to supporting our customer base.
Here is a breakdown of where it has taken us so far...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW HAAS MINI MILL 2
January 12, 2023
Our recent investment of over £1m has allowed us to expand our production facilities, which has resulted in new state of the art machinery. Introducing our new Haas Mini Mill 2!
The newest addition to our milling department is the Haas Mini Mill 2. Not only does it look impressive, it adds more capacity and high-speed processing to our milling capabilities, allowing us to keep up with our increasing customer demands.
Technical specification of this impressive piece of kit:
7.5 hp vector drive
6000 rpm, 20-station automatic tool changer
Power-failure detection module
1 GB program memory
15" colour LCD monitor
Memory lock keyswitch
Our milling department is already equipped with the latest technology, encompassing 7 CNC machining centres, all with 4 axis capability, along with a number of manual milling machines. The Haas Mini Mill 2 will help to bolster our our facilities further to increase our capacity and the range of projects we can undertake for our clients.
Our machinery and skilled engineers can deliver a range of projects, from high volume batch components to one-off prototyping, working to extremely tight deadlines and we can’t wait to use this machine for our existing and new clients.
For all your CNC milling and speciality plastics requirements, get in touch with our team of experts today.
INTRODUCING THE ACTIONPLAS CORPORATE BROCHURE FOR 2017
January 12, 2023
Following a rebrand project and new website in October 2016, Actionplas are pleased to introduce a new Corporate Brochure for 2017.
Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Actionplas use state-of-the-art CNC and conventional machinery to supply a varying range of speciality machined plastic components to large and small businesses across the UK & Europe. The new Actionplas Corporate Brochure for 2017 outlines the history of the company, the services offered and a wide range of industries served.
“We are proud of the quality of work, the dedication of our team and the highest level of service we offer our clients at Actionplas, and our recent company rebrand reflects our vision of being the market leader in Plastics Manufacturing,” said Chris Wray, Managing Director of Actionplas.
Covering a wide range of industries, Actionplas manufactures products for the food and drink, automotive, pharmaceutical, print, leisure and personal care industries.
Click here to download the Corporate Brochure. If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities at Actionplas, or would like a hard copy of the new brochure please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME TO THE BRAND NEW ACTIONPLAS WEBSITE
4th October 2016
Our new website serves as a central hub for customers to find all the information they need on the services, components and materials that we offer.
We have also designed a brand new logo which gives us a much more vibrant feel as we continue to move forward while still being the same Actionplas that our customers have continued to work with throughout the years.
The changes we make are not simply aesthetic. They are a reflection of the next chapter in our company’s growth. We will continue to provide the excellent service to our customers that has been our number one priority since the day that we opened our doors.
The complete rebrand also extends to our factory and signage, so take a sneak peek at some of the changes we’ve been making to our factory and brand new signs.
HOW ACTIONPLAS CAN HELP YOU IMPLEMENT 5S METHODOLOGY
2nd September 2016
5S is a workplace organisation technique to ensure maximum efficiency and safety in the work environment.
It focusses on organising and storing tools and equipment, identifying extraneous equipment and continuing a state of order in the workplace.
The 5S’s each stand for a key process:
Sort: Divide items in the workplace into 3 categories; retain, return and rid
Set in Order: Find a place for everything and put everything in its place. Organising, arranging and storing equipment, materials and information
Shine: Cleaning the workplace and maintaining its appearance daily. Establish and implement preventative measures to reduce ongoing cleaning
Standardise: Maintain and make standard “Sort”, “Set in Order” and “Shine” so that they become habitual in your workplace and part of the regular work routine
Sustain: Ongoing application of knowledge, skills and abilities gained from the 5S Process in order to enact organisation wide effectiveness
With our dual colour HDP (High Density Polyethylene) material, we offer customers an innovative workholding solution to support the lean manufacturing processes such as 5S, Kaizen or JIT integration.
Actionplas Shadow Boards are manufactured using our range of dual colours and will help you to organise and maintain your work areas by storing parts or tools on Produce Build Boards that guarantee that a range of parts required to assemble end components are all at hand in their correct place.
Tool Shadow Boards
Change Parts Shadow Boards
Signage and Display
The high visual effect of this material presents a quality product to customers and employees, encouraging satisfaction and pride in the workplace.
All of our products are:
Ideal for Indoor/Outdoor Use
Our representatives are available throughout the UK to work with you and produce high quality 3D boards that can include unique company logos.