Investing in a secure future

Craig Whittaker visits Tatra Plastics, Norwood Green with chairman Paul Freud and technicalm director Mick Schofield.
Craig Whittaker visits Tatra Plastics, Norwood Green with chairman Paul Freud and technicalm director Mick Schofield.

A NORWOOD Green firm is bucking the national downturn in manufacturing and has invested more than £125,000 in machinery to secure future contracts and jobs.

Tatra Plastics Manufacturing has installed a new high-tech moulding machine to replace a piece of equipment that has been running almost non-stop for 25 years.

Craig Whittaker visits Tatra Plastics, Norwood Green with  technical director Mick Schofield, managing director Karl Hesmondhalgh and chairman Paul Freud.

Craig Whittaker visits Tatra Plastics, Norwood Green with technical director Mick Schofield, managing director Karl Hesmondhalgh and chairman Paul Freud.

The £100,000 machine is currently making sets of mouldings for the telecoms sector and will soon be joined by a £25,000 robot arm to offload, staff and box up mouldings.

Chairman Paul Freud said the investment reflected the company’s growing confidence in the local manufacturing scene and would further secure its position as a leading force in UK plastics manufacture.

“These machines will help us respond even more quickly to a client’s orders and specifications and we should also be able to increase our output.”

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker praised Tatra Plastics’ ‘head down, sleeves up’ approach which inspired a personal commitment to the company from every employee.

On a visit to the Station Road factory, he said: “Tatra is an example of a successful and entrepreneurial business that has repeatedly responded to changes in technology, its marketplace and customer demands so that it is now a leading force in UK plastics manufacture.”

Some of Tatra’s products have been used in creating the equestrian arena for the London Games.

Formed in 1963, Tatra employs 30 staff and produces a range of telecoms products, railway pads and the Click and Fix range of plastic panelling products - a lightweight, self-assembly system that has a huge variety of uses. The company recently produced its millionth metre of plastic planking and is the new sponsor of Elland Juniors Football Club.