Cost Analyst and Sales Director in the office

Growing demand drives expansion at MGS

Blackburn based MGS Technical Plastics has appointed four new team members, and will recruit two more, as it looks to serve the growing demand for its plastic injection moulding and associated manufacturing services.

The appointments follow an influx of new contract wins worth a total of £2m, which include a luxury car manufacturer that has nominated MGS to supply its new model, an energy company which has enlisted MGS to manufacture a new range of smart meters, and an electronics company which switched a major project to MGS to improve the quality of its products.

The new employees, which include office-based and shop-floor roles, will help MGS handle the increasing volume of incoming enquiries, and will boost the firm’s head count by more than 10 per cent, up to a total of 54.

A cost analyst has been appointed to help streamline new projects. Sales Director, Mark Preston, explained “The large number of enquiries we were receiving was taking time away from our existing projects, so we have enhanced our technical team to better accommodate both old and new customers”.

A graduate industrial engineer and two machine operators have joined the team to help MGS manage the increased workload. MGS is also actively seeking to recruit a new maintenance engineer and shift technician.

Managing Director John Sturgess said: “This has been an incredibly positive year in terms of growth, we are on track to achieve our ambitious targets that we set for 2020. With growth there can often be growing pains; to counteract this we have invested in new machinery, further staff training and recruitment in order to upskill our team and increase our capacity. This has enabled us to continue to deliver our industry-leading levels of service while future-proofing for further developments.”

Advocating for Apprentices

MGS Technical Plastics was part of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders delegation which also included industry giants such as BMW and Nissan.

We are a vocal advocate of the apprenticeship scheme: each of its directors began their careers as apprentices and MGS recruited six new apprentices over the last 18 months.

At the House of Lords, the event showcased apprenticeships of all disciplines from across the automotive industry with apprentices speaking about their experiences to an audience of manufacturers, supply chain companies and MPs.

The reception highlighted how hands-on training can be combined with classroom learning to help young people find high quality jobs while fulfilling the needs of British businesses.

The delegation also discussed how apprentices of different types are employed throughout the supply chain, and in companies of all sizes, while sharing advice and best practice tips.

Mark Preston, of MGS Technical Plastics, said: “Industries such as ours require specialised skills and apprentices are the best way to fill that need. We all need to inspire young people to consider it as a career path and to promote the manufacturing and automotive industries as exciting and attractive options.

“We need to show them what we do, the technical skills we develop, the innovation we strive for, the responsibility we carry economically and environmentally and of course show them what’s possible in terms of career advancement.”

Mark added: “For MGS, it is an honour to be invited as part of the SMMT delegation. We aren’t the largest company by size but it is clear that we do have significant influence. We are on the SMMT Regional Engagement board for the North and are the only plastic injection moulding company on this board, and to be invited to this event along with BMW, Nissan and McLaren shows that we are held in high regard.”

The apprentices who have joined MGS in the last 18 months range from school-leavers beginning their careers through to managers looking to boost their skills sets. They are: Lee Smith, Technician Apprentice; Steven Hyde, Tool Room Apprentice; Dillon Tennant, Electro Mechanical Engineer Apprentice; Simon Glasson, Leadership Apprenticeship; Glenn Miller, Leadership Apprenticeship; and Mark Hartley, Technician Apprentice.

Judson sat down in front of MGS logo

MGS announces senior appointment ahead of growth

26/10/18

Judson Smythe has been appointed to the board of directors at Lancashire-based moulding specialist MGS Technical Plastics as it plans its next stage of growth. Judson joined the company in the summer of 2016 and has now joined the board as Technical Director.

The 32-year-old brought international experience to the role, joining MGS from the Jasco Group in Durban, South Africa, where he was an Engineering Manager working with 50 injection moulding machines and a workforce of 250. He was previously an Apprentice Tool and Die maker, and later read Industrial Engineering at Durban University of Technology.

Now he will play an integral role in MGS’s bid to reach £10m turnover. He will oversee the technical capacity of factory operations and hold responsibility for tooling and new product introductions.

Since moving to its Blackburn home in a major £2m project, MGS has invested heavily in upgrading and adding to its equipment. The most recent purchase is a KraussMaffei KM900 dual platen machine with a 900-tonne capacity at a cost of £530,000. MGS has also invested a five-figure sum in Thingtrax, which uses the Internet of Things to monitor production around the clock and identify inefficiencies in production processes.

Judson said: “This is the most exciting time in the company’s history and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in taking it to the next level.

“With modifications to the factory and significant investment in new equipment, we have strong foundations on which we can build towards our ambitious growth targets.”

John Sturgess, Director at MGS said: “The most important resource for our company is the people we employ. Our skills, expertise and customer-first approach put us ahead of the competition.

“Judson is a shining example of what we’re all about. He is a great addition to our management team and we’re sure he’ll play a valuable role in our growth over the coming years.”

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MGS Welcomes Judson as new Project Engineer.

In line with our growth plans, MGS Technical Plastics has recruited experienced project engineer Judson Smythe from South Africa.

His appointment follows a review of the additional management capacity needed to handle the increase in orders here at MGS.

Our director John Sturgess said: “We’ve got some really big projects coming up and realised that we needed a specialist to manage the processes and keep them on schedule”

Judson (30) joins us from the Jasco Group in Durban, SA, where he was an engineering manager working with 50 injection moulding machines and a workforce of 250.

He was previously a tool and die maker, and later studied industrial engineering at Durban University of Technology.

Judson said: “I’ve always worked in the plastics industry and joining MGS is the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons and experience another country’s approach to the manufacturing sector.

“In my new role I will be responsible for new product introduction and managing current projects. I’ll be drawing on my experience whilst working on technical projects to ensure that our work is done right, first time, every time.”

John added “With his international experience of working within world leading organisations, Judson has a lot to bring to the table and we’re looking forward to working with him, hearing his ideas and delivering an even better service to our customers.”

You may also be interested in reading about other members of our team, read more here and here.