An investment of around £40,000

An investment of around £40,000 in new of equipment, and the appropriate staff training, is already showing a return after just five months for Newton Abbot based, Westcountry Cases. 

The Company, who manufacture a wide range of packing cases for industry and one-off applications, installed a new CNC Router at the end of January, which provides an accurate and automatic solution for shaping some of the timber sections they need for their packing cases.

“The new router has improved our productivity as well as the accuracy and consistency of many of the parts we need enabling us to look to new markets for our packaging products.” said Andy Heckford, Managing Director, “and, after just two months, we had already attracted enough new work for it to be fully utilised for at least three days each week.”

When the machinery was installed staff members received initial training and have quickly become familiar with how to get the best from this high-tech piece of equipment.

Whilst the router was installed to fulfil the need to manufacture timber sections it is also able to cut and shape foam, ideal for the inserts of some of the Company’s packing cases.

“The ability to manufacture foam inserts ourselves has really opened up new markets for us.  Expensive items, such as high value aerospace and defence components need to be nested securely whilst being transported and timber outer packaging with bespoke foam inserts is widely recognised as being the ideal solution”

“Thus we are now looking at ways we can develop these particular markets and see them as a method of continuing the growth we have enjoyed over the last 12 months.”

The Company produces a range of folding plywood cases suitable for a wide number of industrial applications but it is their bespoke service that is really seeing the benefits of the CNC router.

“No matter how awkward the shape, or how delicate the item, our new equipment can simply be programmed to cut something that complements exactly enabling our customers to be sure that their items are safely and securely delivered to their destination and, of course, if there are several of the same items to be individually packed, we can guarantee that every case we supply will offer identical protection”