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West Sussex manufacturing firm invests in high-skilled jobs and automation

Littlehampton plastics design and manufacturing company, SI Protech, is set to invest £500,000 of NatWest and Lombard funding into automation and manufacturing improvements.

The investment will enhance the design and implementation of the company’s products, leading to increased productivity. It will also support the introduction of operational improvements that will advance the company’s business procedures and help drive efficiencies.

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These refinements will lower SI Protech’s cost base and allow the business to hire high skilled employees through the expansion of its technical team. The firm currently employs over 25 local staff and is set to begin a moulding technician trainee scheme to help combat the technical and engineering skills shortage.

SI Protech launched in 1997 with the aim of providing excellence in product innovation, prototyping and engineering design solutions. The company is an industry leader in plastic injection moulding, design and development, leading the way in assemblies for the food, beverage, electronics and medical industries. It is the sole supplier of three major products to beverage giant, Heineken.

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Managing Director of SI Protech, Alan Edmonds, said: “This funding will be the key to ensuring that we remain at the cutting-edge of manufacturing and design technology. NatWest and Lombard were able to provide us with flexible facilities and continual support throughout this process, and have been instrumental in the development of the business.”

David Greenough, NatWest Relationship Manager, said: “SI Protech is a business that prioritises innovation. Their self-chilling Chill-Can® that allows drinks to cool in under two minutes is just one example of how they are breaking the mould and delivering innovative design. We are confident that their hi-tech output will continue to contribute immensely to the local community, delivering jobs and significant economic benefits.”

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