Investing in the future., 9:07 am
VIP-Polymers are close to celebrating 100 years of manufacturing rubber seals, gaskets, and flexible couplings. Established in the UK back in 1923 VIP-Polymers there have been some huge changes in the industry which have meant that the company have had to adapt and develop to continue being a leader in the industry. The main thing to take note of is its British heritage and manufacturing has been at the core of the business and will continue to do so.
In the past 12 months, VIP-Polymers have invested heavily in the development and future-proofing of the company allowing them to continue being one of the leading rubber gaskets, seals, and flexible coupling manufacturers in the market.
The investment has been across all aspects of the company not just in new machinery but also in staff, product lines and more.
A program of updating the current machinery is already underway, with new machines being added to the factory floor, to either help increase production capacity, or streamline the production process.
Earlier this year VIP-Polymers created two new positions in the engineering/development/QC department and bought in Ali and Owen – who graduated from Nottingham University last year, to help modernise and develop the department, bringing in new ideas and expertise that have already proved invaluable to the company and aiding the streamlining of the development process.
Bolstering the Engineering/Development team Dominic Taylor was bought on board as a Technical Sales Engineer, to help with the testing and approval processes of current and new product ranges. With over a decade of experience, working on the installation side of drainage and tunnels, Dominic brings a wealth of knowledge to the company and allows for a quicker route to market with new products, that prior to this would have meant using external specialists with long lead-times.
The VIPSeal® Brand has also seen some major changes in the past 6 months with the addition of Jon Hunt and Lee Davies working alongside John Atkinson as area sales managers for the whole of the UK. With the increase in sales managers, the company has been able to split the areas into much more manageable journeys allowing the sales team to spend more time developing existing and new relationships in their local areas with merchants and distributors alike.
Another major part of the future of VIP-Polymers is how to reduce its carbon footprint and become a more sustainable business. This is difficult when your whole business revolves around the manufacturing of rubber products, but steps have already been put into place to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and a 5-year action plan has already been implemented.
One of the initial changes was replacing all the old lighting in the factory with new low-energy LED lighting, this has not only reduced electricity usage but has made for a lighter environment for the workforce.
The company has already taken delivery of two new Full EV cars, and it is expected that by QTR3 2023 all company cars run by VIP-Polymers will be fully electric, this includes the VIPSeal Sales team who travel right across the UK daily. In anticipation of the increase in EV vehicles 4 charging ports have been installed outside the factory and offices.
VIP-Polymers in-house laboratory team are constantly pushing the boundaries of rubber compounds, and one of the main objectives for the team is to look at new compounds that are more sustainable, and easy to recycle, but still offer the same high standards that are needed and expected of from seals, couplings, and gaskets.
VIP-Polymers are proud to be 100% British Owned and funded with all research, design, development, and manufacturing being completed at their Cambridgeshire headquarters.