Keeping it in the family

A landmark investment in a Quaser MF 630U 5 axis VMC by North Bucks Machining Limited (NBML) is a key factor in the Newport Pagnell based firm’s objective of becoming one of the UK’s leading exponents in the design and manufacture of advanced blow moulding tools.   Established 4.1/2 years ago, the business has a strong family influence. Dave and Rose Palmer set the company up and have subsequently been joined by their son Stewart and daughter Jo who play important roles in manufacturing and company administration respectively.   NBML has predominantly concentrated on repairing and refurbishing blow mould tools for many of the leading European plastics container manufacturers.   But an opportunity to win a long term contract to manufacture a range of new tools put a focus on the organisations’ productivity and its abilities to compete against established home and overseas O/E mould manufacturers.   “We had the skills but not the machining capability,” explains Stewart. “I had extensive experience with 5 axis machining from my days in F1 and when I joined the family business 2 years ago my first objective was to move towards five axis work. And when the contract opportunity arose, it was the tipping point for investment.”   Stewart’s previous experience with Bridgeport CNC’s resulted in a visit from ETG’s Jack Carter who identified the Quaser VMC as the most suitable machine. Since securing the first major order which was for screen wash and oil containers, the North Bucks team has won further O/E orders for a range of containers used for liquid fertilizers in various sizes. These have a distinctive shape and Stewart and his father Dave have worked closely with the customer, bringing their extensive experience to the project by designing the mould tools’ cooling holes, splits and bolt positions.   North Bucks Machining Ltd also made use of the services offered by ETG Finance Ltd when acquiring their Quaser.

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