Barkley Plastics, a plastic moulding and tooling specialist company based in Highgate, Birmingham, recently invested £2m in moulding and CNC machines, a measuring device and robotics.
The advertisement was answered by four Lucas toolmakers who continued to work at Lucas and then did the evening shift at “John Barkley Plastics” for eighteen months. The tool manufacturing was moving along so well that another toolmaker was required and they recruited one more from Lucas. By 1965 the company needed full time commitment and they all left Lucas.
John Barkley died in 1968 and he died and shortly afterwards they decided to move to new bigger premises in Highgate Street premises were purchased.
Barkley Plastics has its own in-house tool room and offers a complete service from initial design support, prototyping to finished manufacture and now supplies components to many market sectors automotive, construction, electrical, medical, domestic and retail.
The Warwick Manufacturing Group asked Barkley’s owner, Maurice Cassidy, to join the board of overseeing the building of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at the university, funded by the European Council.
Barkley then worked with The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) on new design processes for products destined for the medical and retail market. It used WMG’s optical microscopy in order to test its patented in mould welding, and WMG’s Additive Layer Manufacturing facilities to create prototypes for a new finger-held razor and medical devices.
High-profile customers include BMW, Land Rover, Paintbox, Eaton Electrical, KAC Alarms and the Honeywell Group.
Read about Barkley’s work with MAS and WMG at: http://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/innovation-in-the-west-midlands/#sthash.FQij10BB.dpuf