Hozelock invest £1m in state-of-the-art injection moulding plant

Shortlisted for no fewer than seven 2008 MX Awards by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Hozelock, the UK’s leading manufacturer of garden watering, spraying and pond equipment, has announced a £1m investment in new state-of-the-art injection moulding machinery, tooling and engineering resources.
The investment will enhance its Birmingham plant’s position as a world class plastic component manufacturing facility while giving the company the capacity to meet increases in sales this year.
New 210, 125 and 80 tonne Demag Systec moulding machines and a pair of Arburg 35 tonne machines bring the total number on the Midpoint Park site in Minworth to 50, giving Hozelock not only the required boost to outputs but also setting new low energy consumption standards for the site.
Component-specific tooling for new pressure sprayers, watering tools and aquatics products has also been commissioned, together with a similar sized investment in replacement production tooling in line with Hozelock’s policy of continuous improvement both to products and to manufacturing efficiency.
And following last year’s integration into Midpoint Park of two sister sites formerly at Aylesbury, the company has invested in an Engineering Centre of Excellence to bring together all aspects of design and engineering in one location.
According to Hozelock’s Managing Director, Peter Rush, the company has embarked upon a continual programme of investment at the site which will see significant additions and improvements to the award winning facility every year for years to come.