Omega Plastics and Signal Plastics Merge

I’m delighted to tell you Omega Plastics has agreed a merger with Washington-based Signal Plastics, a leading provider of high volume, plastic injection moulding.


Thanks to Signal Plastics’ reputation, experience and expertise, the merger further strengthens our position in the rapid tooling and plastic injection moulding industry.

While Omega Plastics and Signal Plastics will keep their own brand identity, both will operate under The Omega Group, offering a turn-key solution whilst maintaining the exceptional service customers of both companies have come to expect.

Omega Plastics will continue to provide first class design, tooling, moulding and assembly with the added benefit of specialist high volume moulding provided by Signal Plastics.

Using the latest technology and machinery, our friendly and experienced teams will always strive to provide the best solutions for employees, customers and suppliers.

As our Group managing director Dave Crone has said: “Omega Plastics and Signal Plastics are key players in their field so it made perfect sense to seize the opportunity, create a collaborative partnership and become an even stronger company together.”

This is a very exciting time for the group and we would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

If you have any questions or queries about our new and improved business please do not hesitate to get in touch.

English Martyrs School Educational Visit

Local to our Hartlepool factory, English Martyrs are a secondary school with a popular engineering department.

On the 20th October we invited some of the English Martyrs students to come and take a look around our factory to gain a greater understanding of the plastic manufacturing industry.


Compared to the educational visits we have hosted in the past, the visit itself was something different for Omega. These students were aged 14-15 and had just showed their first interest in engineering by choosing it as a GCSE subject. For us, this played an important role in the visit as we saw it as a fantastic chance to capture their attention and highlight to them the vast amount of opportunities, not only within the industry but within the North East.


The visit started with the students being welcomed by our Sales and Marketing team before being talked through a short company presentation.

The students were then split into two groups and shown round each process within the business; Design, Tooling, Moulding, Quality and Assembly.


Overall the visit was a great success and the feedback we received from the students was just fantastic:

‘The visit was really good! I didn’t realise just how much they made for so many companies. The machines were really big too and expensive!’ – Oliver Connoly

‘It was really good how all the workers were willing to show us everything they did. It was really interesting to see all the different types of moulds.’ – Patrick Hughes

‘I would recommend anyone to go and have a look at what Omega do. It’s a totally different type of engineering that I didn’t know anything about beforehand.’ – Max Williams

‘It was an eye opening experience to see all the different types of engineering that were going on under one roof.’ – Godfrey Kazomba

This was our first visit with English Martyrs School and conversations are already being had regarding an additional visit in the new year for English Martyrs A-Level students.

Being involved in education is something we pride ourselves on here at Omega Plastics and educational visits are something we really enjoy taking part in.

TCT 2015

On the 29th September our sales and marketing team travelled down to Birmingham ahead of the two day TCT Show and Personalize exhibition at the NEC.

TCT is an event which we had a great experience with back in 2013, and this year, taking place on the 30th September and 1st October, we were amongst over 200 companies exhibiting at the event.


TCT Show and Personalize is one of the world’s leading events dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development. It serves as a launch pad for ground breaking innovations, applications and technologies and 2015 was a great success.

As one of the only companies providing turn-key solutions for tooling and moulding, the benefits of exhibiting at TCT were fantastic. We were approached by over 100 visitors whom were either looking for an urgent service or were in the early stages of their project.


Over the course of the two days we handed out over 100 brochures and 80 signature memory sticks which held a video of our services as well as case studies from existing customers.

Now back at base, enquiries from the show are flying in and we have a number of customer visits planned over the next three weeks.

All in all the show was a great success and conversations are already being had discussing potential exhibitions in 2016.

Giving back to Charity with The Omega Group

September is always a busy month at Omega Plastics and this year even more so. On top of organising two trade shows some of team, from both Omega Plastics and Signal Plastics, took part in charity events; the Coast to Coast bike ride and the Hartlepool Hospice Golf Day.

The Coast to Coast bike ride took place on the second weekend of September and was all in aid of Cancer Research UK; a charity close to all of our hearts.


With the aim to ‘beat cancer sooner’ Cancer Research UK funds research that helps to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Over the past 40 years, researchers have made constant progress and the survival rate has doubled.

Despite torrential rain and wind our team powered through and completed the 165 miles course over three days.

All in all the guys had a great weekend and the team of seven managed to raise just over £600!


Hosted at the Wynyard Hall Golf Club, the Hartlepool Hospice Golf day was a great success.

Some of our team here at Omega Plastics attended the event on the 18th September to help raise money and awareness.


The Hartlepool and District Hospice believes that each individual affected by a life limiting illness is unique and has the right to the highest quality of life possible. They offer an extensive range of palliative care and support services to individuals with complex needs and their families at their time of need.

However with just 24% of funding from the Government the Hospice must raise a substantial amount of money each year in order to maintain their fantastic services and their golf day is one of many annual events.

This year was their most successful golf day and one of the most profitable events they have ever hosted as a whopping £28,300 was raised!

Creating relationships with Charities is very important to us at Omega Plastics and over the next few years we hope to take part in a number of charity events and initiate relationships as well as maintain our current relationships these amazing organisations.



Plastic – The Material of Choice

In a number of recent news stories we have discussed how there has been an increase of plastic used in various manufacturing industries, and in this story we aim to continue to look at how companies are heavily investing in plastic due to its various advantages.


Like most, the plastic industry was susceptible to the economic downturn of 2009 and competition from the Far East still remains. However, due to popularity in various market sectors, plastic still remains an integral economic contributor.

In 2014 the plastic industry saw sales turnover of over £19bn, it currently employs 180,000 people throughout the UK and is continuously growing as it becomes the manufacturing material of choice.

One industry in particular that has been making some solid investments in plastics in the medical sector. This was explored in our recent news story Plastics in Medical, in which it was highlighted that many of the medical breakthroughs over the years have been due to the versatility of today’s plastics. Furthermore, plastic has aided in the reduction of contamination and medical costs making it the favoured material in medical device manufacturing.

Additionally the automotive industry have increased the amount of plastics used in their manufacturing which we spoke about in our Plastics in Automotive story. According to the British Plastics Federation, the average new car in 1984 contained 8.5% of plastics, whereas a new car today contains around 11%. Among many other reasons, it is argued that the lightweight nature of plastics has helped boost fuel mileage as well as saved energy, again making it the preferred material in automotive manufacturing.IMG_0173

While this shows great opportunity for companies working within the plastic industry who cater for medical and automotive organisations, it is not just those who are benefitting from the increased use of plastic, there are plenty of other markets experiencing this also.

One thing that we always try to get students who take part in our educational visits to understand is that plastic is everywhere and can be found in almost every part of our lives. Not only are organisations investing in it to develop their products but city councils are also investing in plastic to aid in environmental projects, something we have seen happening lately in the world news.

Recently Los Angeles council announced their plans to turn its main reservoir into a giant ball pit in order to save water.

“Shade balls” have been released onto the water in the midst of the worst drought in California history. The 4-inch, black plastic balls are aimed to shade and cool the water, reducing evaporation from the reservoir and making it less susceptible to algae, bacterial growth and chemical reactions that can produce harmful substances.

Made of black polyethylene and filled with water, shade balls a great example of how versatile plastics can really be and how this material is being put to good use across a number of industries.


Over the past few years we have definitely experienced and seen just how high the demand is for plastic and plastic manufacturers. In fact, our most recent news story ‘Exceptional Growth at Omega Plastics’ shows just how much we have been able to capitalise on plastic becoming the new favoured material in manufacturing.

You can read each of the news stories mentioned by clicking the links provided. Alternatively take a look through our services or even watch our 2 minute service video to better understand what we can provide for your company at Omega Plastics.


Exceptional Growth at Omega Plastics

In a previous news story ‘New Year, New Machinery’ we spoke of the investments we had made across the year in order to meet the needs of our customers and expand our reach in various market sectors and through 2015 we have continued to invest in our team as well as additional machinery.

In 2015 so far our workforce has increased by 11 members of staff and is expected to increase even more by the end of the year. The majority of our company departments including, tool making, moulding, quality, operations, design, sales and finance have seen new additions to their team all of which has contributed to the growing success of Omega Plastics.

A new machine has also been installed in our Hartlepool factory; CNC 5-axis tooling machine. This DMG machine joins the two other DMG 3-axis machines in our Hartlepool factory and becomes our fourth 5-axis machine within the company. An investment like this enables us to widen our capabilities and all goes back to being able to offer our customers a full turn-key solution.

What’s more is that we have also made some big changes to our office spaces, again to better the customer experience with Omega Plastics. While our Blyth office is currently going through these changes our Hartlepool office was the first to see new office furniture and a stud wall partition. The partition has allowed us to have two separate offices which are now dedicated to sales and marketing alongside production and quality. This has brought about a number of advantages including better workspace, dedicated customer area and furthers the support of the quality standard TS 16949 which we are planning to have in place throughout the company by the end of the financial year 2016.

Times are busy and exciting at Omega Plastics and we are always looking for ways to better our company and people who want to be part of our successful team. We are currently looking for a Business Development Manager to head up our company in the south part of the UK and are accepting applications through our careers page.

To read more about our company please take a look around our website or watch our two-minute service video. Alternatively why not visit our stand, C34, at this year’s TCT exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on the 30th September – 1st October to talk more about what our company can do for you. If you would like to book an appointment with us at the exhibition please email us at

The Story of the LEGO Brick

With the mission of ‘inspiring the builders of tomorrow’ the LEGO Company is a global organisation some people dream of working for.

The LEGO Company are no strangers to allowing people to see what goes on inside their organisation. With the hit LEGO movie released in February 2014 and their new ‘Brickumentry’ being released in the USA this week, the LEGO group are bigger than ever.

Most recently they allowed Channel 4 into their head offices and factories in Denmark in a documentary called ‘The Secret World of Lego’, a programme that showed millions of viewers how the LEGO brick has changed the lives of many children and adults.


The Lego Brick

Founded in 1932, the LEGO groups is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Denmark, USA, UK, China and Singapore. Since its inception the iconic LEGO brick has made LEGO one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.

In 2012 alone, 45.7 billion bricks were produced at a rate of 5.2 million per hour. Additionally of the number of bricks that were sold in that year was enough to stretch round the world at least 18

The success of the LEGO group is undeniable with every person on earth owning at least 86 LEGO bricks on average.

Young or old you have played with LEGO but how many of us know how it is actually made?

The Process

LEGO bricks and elements are manufactured at the group’s own factories in Denmark, Hungary, Czech Republic and Mexico.

LEGO bricks are plastic injection moulded and so the process starts with tiny plastic granules. Inside the moulding machine these granules are superheated to around 230 degrees Celsius and are fed into moulds inside the machine. The machine then applies hundreds of tons of pressure to make sure the bricks are shaped with perfect accuracy, they are then cooled and ejected. This process takes only 10 seconds to carry out, due to it being almost completely automated.

lego-plastics-injection-mouldingThe moulds used in production are accurate to within 0.005mm and this accuracy means that only 18 elements in every one million products fail to meet the high quality standard.

This whole process was shown in ‘The Secret World of Lego’ and can be seen in the trailer below.

As a company specialising in rapid tooling and plastic injection moulding, it was great to see the service being promoted by one of the biggest companies in the world. Not only does it allow people to appreciate the process behind these kind of products but it educates the future generations and those who may need to invest in these processes in the future.


National Women into Engineering Day!

Happy National Women into Engineering Day! – A day dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.

In a previous news story Girls in Engineering we spoke about how we were getting involved in an educational visit to show young girls what it’s like to work in an organisation like ours, and today was the day.

The visit had been organised through the Hartlepool College of Further Education and although the trip to our factory was only a snippet of the girls’ day we had a great time introducing the girls to our company and showing them around our factory allowing them to understand what it’s like to be an engineer.

Here are some pictures of the visit







To read more about the Women into Engineering day you can find some further information and photos on the Hartlepool College of Further Education’s website.

Automotive Quality Management

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force, TS 16949 is a global technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry.


It creates a common process and procedure across the automotive industry and allows companies to achieve the best practice when designing, developing, manufacturing, installing or servicing automotive products.

Through adopting this automotive quality standard, companies are able to experience a number of benefits including possibilities of international trading and expansion of business. Additionally, integrating the process into the organisation, as well as management systems, is simple and allows companies to improve their practices regarding reduction of waste and prevention of defects.

Omega Plastics have supplied parts to the automotive industry for many years and to further support our ongoing developments in the industry we have recognised the need to adopt such a standard. By doing so we are able to establish and maintain our relationships with automotive customers. Furthermore, the continuous necessity to sustain and improve our company is very important to us and providing our customers with the best service will always come first.

It is hoped that ISO/TS 16949 will be fully integrated into our company within the next financial year along with a number of additional changes and investments that will all contribute to the growth and development of Omega Plastics.

If you want to read more about what we offer here at Omega Plastics, as well as the market sectors we serve, please visit our services and core industries pages

Girls in Engineering

‘Only 7% of parents would encourage their girl to pursue a career in engineering.’

This statement, which was put forward in a recent article, was the result of research conducted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The research also revealed that parents could be limiting their child’s future career decisions by having outdated perceptions of the jobs they believe male and females should be interested in.

Engineering sectors are crucial to the UK’s economy, supplying an estimated £455.6 billion to Gross Domestic Product in 2014. Additionally engineering sectors are estimated to employ 5.6 million of the UKs population which is the equivalent of 18.2%.

Regardless of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) being the most popular subjects among girls, only 6% of our engineering workforce is female.

“STEM subjects for the backbone of the engineering industry and help it continue growing and innovating. We see clearly from this research that girls do have a genuine interest in these areas but this doesn’t translate to the number of women entering the engineering industry.” – William Webb, Institution of Engineering and Technology president.

Webb further states that there is a serious need for better engagement with young people, girls in particular, and their parents.

What must also be highlighted is that although there have been constant low numbers of girls engaging with a career in engineering in the UK, overall numbers of both girls and boys are beginning to decrease, causing concern and the need for additional research.

When asked what they knew about engineering, only 46% of children stated that they knew about the different careers and opportunities in the industry, leaving 54% saying they weren’t aware. Furthermore 41% of parents stated that if their children were to ask for advice regarding a career in engineering, they feel they wouldn’t know enough to support them. Both of these figures are even high with girls and their parents.

Because of this it is argued that perceptions must be changed of what modern engineering is all about and what it can offer future generations in terms of a career.

“As a community we need to overcome negative and/or outdated perceptions of engineering to encourage more young people to consider it as a career option” – Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of Engineering UK

Today there are various programme that have been put in place to increase awareness of the opportunities the engineering industry has to offer for young people.

Engineering a Better World is a campaign which looks to engage with parents and their children about the exciting career prospects within the industry. This programme gives parents both the information and the tools they need to support their child in becoming future engineers.

Alternatively a campaign known as WISE aims to promote women in science, technology and engineering careers and inspire women to study and build careers within those industries.


At Omega Plastics we have always been avid believers in educating our future generations about the wealth of opportunities within our industry. Through creating a number of relationships with local schools, colleges and universities we have been able to provide educational factory visits, apprenticeships and student placements and next month we will be hosting our first Girls in Engineering visit.

The visit itself has been organised by the Hartlepool College of Further Education and the aim is to provide young girls with an insight into what a day in the life of an engineer entails.