NEW AUTOREEL BENEFITS FROM £1M HOZELOCK PLANT INVESTMENT

 

 The New DEMAG Machine The new Hozelock AutoReel Delegates from the 2011 HTA Confernence view the new DEMAG machine

ABOVE LEFT: Hozelock’s new Demag Systec 1300T injection moulding machine accelerates response times for the new AutoReel (centre). RIGHT: HTA delegates are the first to see the new facility. 

  • 87-ton Demag 1300T injection moulding machine accelerates response time
  • Visiting HTA Contact 2011 delegates get the scoop


A £1m investment in state-of-the-art plant at Hozelock's 33,400 sq m Midpoint Park factory in Birmingham will enable the market-leading garden watering equipment manufacturer to achieve record delivery times for its premium hose systems, including the new 30m and 40m AutoReels with automatic hose rewind.

The new wall-mounted AutoReel models require the largest moulded casings – over 60cm in diameter – ever made by the company and a new 87-ton Demag Systec 1300T injection moulding machine affords an enhanced production capability of over 1800 of these components per 24-hour cycle.

Unveiled recently to visiting delegates from the Horticultural Trades Association Contact 2011 conference, the imposing Demag Systec 1300T is the size of a double decker bus – 14.3m long, 3.7m wide and 2.9m high – with a shot weight of up to 5,220grms and a linked ATM ES3000 HS robot capable of lifting 40kgs. Complete with associated conveyors, sorters and new tooling, the fully automated new Demag will also support future new product development at Midpoint Park: its larger tools and greater number of impressions increasing capacity without the need for additional machines.

At the same time, Hozelock has enhanced its hose production lines with the addition of new braiders, printers and extrusion equipment to support the introduction of its new 2011 high quality hose range and further accelerate response times.

The company is shortly due to announce details of a new £1.5m marketing communications investment, including a national TV and press advertising campaign for the AutoReel.


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