Within the new factory, Malton Plastics decided to invest into tool making and began to adapt a fully functioning tool room. The tool room would primarily assist in the modification, and repair and maintenance of current and future customers’ tools.
In 2008, the financial crash severely impacted Malton Plastics and saw a huge reduction in production at that time. However, through sheer resilience and sensible financial planning, Malton Plastics soon grew back and beyond where it had previously been. The new pattern of growth saw Malton Plastics take over the UK operations of customer and partner US based, Cen-tec System Inc. The takeover saw over the foundation of MPL Floorcare, subsidiary to Malton Plastics (UK) Ltd.
Around the same time, Malton Plastics decided to adventure into the world of manufacturing its own range of products. The home and garden sector was targeted as an ideal market, with Malton Plastics manufacturing products such as propagators, and hand-held spreaders. This was done under the new subsidiary named, EarlyGrow. With the newly founded subsidiaries, Malton Plastics decided it was suitable to undergo a re-branding and can now be referred to as solely MPL, with the plastics, floorcare and gardening divisions coming together to form the MPL Group. The three combined divisions pushed Malton Plastics above and beyond £1 million turnover.
During the period which saw the MPL Group come into fruition, Malton Plastics relocated once again. This time to the premises we currently reside in, just over the road from our previous factory. The new factory was almost double the size of the previous factory, at 8000 square feet. In addition, Malton Plastics now had the use of an overhead crane to assist in machine operations and tool changes, which made the process quicker and more efficient. Furthermore, there became more storage space, and the availability for a larger tool room. This was aided by the addition of a mezzanine floor to increase capacity for storage.
In the last few years Malton Plastics has added additional staff, invested in new machinery, both for injection moulding and tool making, whilst also investing people. In 2015 Malton Plastics took on its first apprentice, who now works in component design and tool making. In the near future we aim to take on more apprentices to get more young people into manufacturing, this way we can retain the best staff while also providing for the skills shortage within the manufacturing industry.