BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND — A British manufacturer of ventilation equipment is set to enter the molding business with an order for nine Battenfeld injection presses with 44-198 tons of clamping force. Ten-year-old Manrose Manufacturing Ltd. of Slough, England, is investing 500,000 ($830,000) in a project to start its first in-house ABS part molding operation.
Manrose is preparing to purchase another two presses, with clamping forces of 198 and 385 tons.
The initial order was sealed with Battenfeld at the recent Interplas '96 show in Birmingham. The first nine machines are to be installed by February in one of eight industrial units the firm recently acquired in Reading, England. A new molding shop will be set up in the 7,000-square-foot unit.
Robert Belcher, Manrose managing director and founder, estimated in-house molding will save his company 40 percent of the cost of contracting with custom molders. A major cost reduction will be in raw material, he said.
The manufacturer uses subcontracted mold shops to produce the 137 different part molds used for its products. The in-house move means that 100 of its tools will be recalled from outside processors.
Manrose, which expects to record sales of 10 million ($16.6 million) this year, supplies more than 60 percent its extractor fans and other products to the United Kingdom. But growing exports go to Scandinavia, leading Western European nations and the Far East.