Find out more about the new plastic injection moulding capability available through our parent company Sherwood Group.
15th September, 2023
At the end of 2022 we completed the acquisition of Burton based plastic moulding business UB Plastics and we’ve been busy incorporating them into the Sherwood Group of companies.
UB Plastics has been a supplier to Sherwood for many years, delivering millions of parts annually into our construction and fenestration customers.
Based in Burton with strong brewing sector roots, the business now manufactures and ships over 100 million parts a year, exporting to all five continents to customers at the very top of their industries.
We’re now in a position to share more about what is available to our customers across the group below.
Location Burton upon Trent
Site 1.7 acres
Products 100m + individual plastic parts annually
Sectors Brewery, food and drink, construction
Market 75% UK, 25% export
Capacity and capability:
No of machines 23 state of the art injection moulding machines
Not content with leading the Sherwood Group for over 30 years through the peaks and troughs of business, young at heart co-owner Paul Thurston showed his penchant for the uphill struggle in Cumbria last week. Accompanied by a couple of friends Paul rolled back the years to scale England’s highest peak, the gruelling Scaffel Pike in the Lake District, a very challenging 3280 feet.
It was said Paul (far right in the photo) marched them up to the top of the hill and them marched them down again…well done Paul, we the sedentary, salute you
Fantastic work by our Operations Manager at Wolverhampton, Geoff Woodfield. It’s great having all the latest CNC’s and tech across our sites but sometimes the black art of experience and old school engineering hits like a breath of fresh air. Geoff knocked this set up together to correct an extrusion that was supplied out of angular tolerance, thus allowing the delivery deadline to be achieved and saving the supplier an expensive rejection. Geoff uses his knowledge to explore solutions in all sorts of ares, there is another rolling one which I believe will provide great commercial opportunities for us, I will be showcasing that later…
Great to welcome one of our key suppliers to Manchester today. With Dinis being a big football fan, recreating in part the famous Carlos Tevez Welcome to Manchester poster seemed right and fitting…but with a United lean!
Great to see people develop careers within the Sherwood Group. Ellie Griffin joined us at entry level and in a short time has progressed into a very competent machine operator, who knows she could even follow other home-grown talent such as Sarah Lyon into the programming side. Ellie has a smile and personality that enters the room ahead of her and is a great asset to the company. Her progress reflects credit on the Group for affording people opportunities, but equally enormous credit on herself for her work ethic and dedication to being the very best she can be. Ellie, we salute you.
Great to have Sherwood Group CEO Michael Horan on site at Manchester today giving a town hall talk to all the staff. The abundance of great news in the group was exciting to hear and well received by everyone. From our net zero aspirations to significant cross group capital investments, the direction is clear, onwards and upwards.
Most people arrive either through an agency a job ad or an application, but young CNC programmer Jack Gibson’s mum saw the ad and contacted us on his behalf and now over two years on has proved himself an invaluable member of the team. A great example of home-grown talent and a fantastic credit to him mum and sisters all of who I am sure helped make him the man he is today
Jack had previously completed an electrical course and saw his career going in that direction but like the rest of us was seduced by the allure of aluminium, well known as the crack cocaine of commodities. Sensible enough to still live at home, and the only brother to three older sisters Jack and the qualities he has makes him very much the face of Inal going forward, indeed, part of a triumvirate of home-grown young programmers, all of whom will be showcased in the months ahead.
All about Jack Gibson
Question. What is the best thing about working at Inal?
Question. Worst thing about the job?
Answer: Not being able to find things
Question. Favourite football team?
Answer: Man City
Question. Describe yourself in 3 words
Answer: Precise, generous, humble
Question. Best thing about being Jack Gibson
Answer: Chilled laid-back nature
Question. Something few people know about you
Answer: His mum was pregnant with him and shopping at the time of one of the Manchester bombings
Married single divorce or looking. Single and looking
Best Holiday Poland
Dream holiday California
Favourite food. His mums cooking in her pre pescetarian era…Mum, please note!
Favourite TV Breaking Bad
Favourite App Instagram
Hot or cold. Hot
Spicy or sweet. Sweet
Blond or brunette. Brunette
Favourite drink, the occasional cider
Winter or summer. Summer
Star Wars or DC. May the force be with you
Role model. Mum (is the right answer!
Thing you are most proud of. How I got to be how I am
Most important goal in your life. Contentment
If you were Prime minister, what would you change? I would do more for the homeless
What quality do you admire in people. Honesty
What quality do you dislike in people. Selfishness
A fantastic performance by the environmental team at Inal literally breezing through a very intensive first external audit. Paul Walker Inal Quality supremo backed by Group Quality Manager Helen Shotton sailed through the audit with zero non conformances. Great credit to them, and to everyone else on site for making our environmental expectations deliverable. We salute you.
Fantastic start to 2023 with contract wins of over £2.5 million on the books covering a number of sectors. Having doubled in size in the last two years with superb back up from our supportive but non intrusive parents their acquisition of us in now reaping dividends. The future looks very bright.