Barkley Plastics flourishes after joining forces with other Midlands manufacturers
ITS TOOLS and parts – for car headlights to hospital kits – help make the world go round and in the process Barkley Plastics is forging a bright future for the British supply chain sector.
The firm’s Birmingham factory pumps out 50 million parts a year for the electronics, medical, safety, automotive and building industries as well as producing five-figure custom-made moulds and tools for top tier manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover.
Then there are the partnerships with a diverse range of other sub-contractors in MAN (the Midlands Assembly Network) and Plasfloor, a growing side line making interlocking industrial tiles.
It all adds up to £6.25 million turnover last year and a 5 per cent growth target for 2016 for Barkley which has created 15 new skilled jobs recently and now has 114-strong workforce.
So how has the business, started in the 1960s, managed to break the mould and succeed where others haven’t?