Omega Plastics began operating in the UK in 1998 as an offshoot from Omega Plastics in the USA. It was a trailblazing company that was the first to introduce many of the techniques that are today considered standard in many rapid tooling shops in Europe. A large proportion of the new practices in the industry are as a result of the well experienced and yet still evolving professional toolmakers at Omega Plastics.
In March 2006, Omega Plastics in the UK was acquired by two experienced British Engineers, Dave Crone and Chris Thompson. Collectively, both stakeholders have a goal to make Omega Plastics the most advanced, and technically competent rapid tooling and low volume plastic injection moulding company in the world.
“Our message to customers is simple – we make aluminium moulds and mould parts, we do it very well, and we do it very quickly. We are dedicated Engineers, and I think that Engineers need to be running Engineering businesses – the Engineers are now back in charge of this business.”
Chris Thompson, Chairman, explained:
I believe that the success of any business lies firmly in the hands of the workers. All of the toolmakers that are in the new company have been with Omega from the very beginning. We will be spending a lot of time and money investing further in our workforce, as well as investing in new and advanced equipment. I have a long history of investing heavily in my other engineering businesses; Omega will be no exception.
Dave Crone, Group Managing Director, added:
We’ve made thousands of moulds and have worked relentlessly to reduce the time it takes to get parts to our customers. Our secret, if there is one, is that we assign each mould to a single highly skilled toolmaker. That individual talks to the customer, does the design, the engineering and the trialing of the mould. Our designs are done on the shop-floor in real time, not in a remote design office and then thrown over the wall to the tool room. Omega offers a very personal service.