Cistermiser Keraflo has joined the industry body Made in Britain allowing the company to carry the marque of British manufacturing on its products and marketing literature.
David Meacock, Technical Director for Cistermiser Keraflo, said: “In our industry relatively few products are made in the UK. But UK production is something we are committed to.
“We have a proud heritage of over 35 years’ service to the construction industry, bringing a host of innovative products to the market. As a Made in Britain member we are able to celebrate that and our customers can clearly see we are a British company, proudly supporting UK manufacturing.”
The purchase of three new injection moulding machines is said to further evidence the company’s ‘Made in Britain’ ethos, explained David.
He continued: “It was our biggest ever investment and means we can produce 95% of the mouldings we require at our factory here in Woodley, Reading.”
The purchase was also highlighted by independent assessors who recently awarded Cistermiser Keraflo the ISO 9001: 2015 quality management standard.
In their report, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance is said to have praised the investment as ‘part of continual improvement identified to achieve manufacturing excellence’.
Steve Dell, Operations Manager for Cistermiser Keraflo, explained the two 98-ton and one 55-ton pressure machines can produce components sized from ‘extremely tiny’ up to 100 millimetres in diameter.
PC back-up is also said to ensure production data is safeguarded, while tooling set-up times have been reduced dramatically, by around two thirds.
Steve continued: “What used to take two hours can now be achieved much more quickly, with tooling dropped into place by hoist.
“One example of how key the injection moulding machines are for us is that our hydraulic urinal flushing control valves are composed of 25 components, 20 of which we make ourselves.
“The injection moulding machines have an important role to play in ensuring the high quality the company has to deliver consistently to meet essential product manufacturing standards.”