Formed in 1985, C&O Powder Coatings are approaching their fourth decade as one of the UK’s premium powder coaters. Many things have changed since 1985 but the continual drive for improvement has remained as important as ever for C&O, this is evident with their ISO9001 accreditation and various architectural powder approvals.
C&O have always invested in the latest technology and processing equipment, 2021 has seen the installation of a new powder coating cure oven, overhead conveyor, and automatic booth at their facility in St Helens. The new line replaces two older systems and compliments the TD Finishing facility that was installed in 2017.
Tom Holmes, Managing Director, explains the reason for investing in the new plant and the benefits it has brought to C&O:
“Continuous improvement is a philosophy that runs throughout C&O in every department, this is what has ensured our continued success over the decades and has gained us an enviable reputation within our market for quality, service and professionalism. 2020 brought uncertainty for a lot of businesses, however, we decided to press ahead with our expansion plans with the introduction of a new coating and curing line to run alongside our existing TD Finishing plant.
Following an extensive study of our existing processes, we took the decision to replace our two older lines with a faster and more efficient system that could process the throughput of both lines and take the excess work from our main coating line. It became apparent very quickly that this was the correct decision. We saw increased throughput and improved quality straightaway; we have also been able to streamline our shift patterns and offer even faster turnaround to our customers. Reductions in gas usage and powder waste have also been a big benefit that go hand-in-hand with our ongoing sustainability goals.
This is the second project that has seen us partner with TD Finishing in recent years. Our first oven replacement in 2017 was a great success and we found that their working practices, product quality and customer support matched how we go about our business, so when we started to look at the new project TD was our first call. This also proved to be the correct decision as the project has been a great success.”
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