The BBF Safety Group Port Elizabeth plant has invested R16 million in a state of the art 30-station DESMA Double Density Polyurethane (DDPU) moulding machine, which will increase capacity by over 30%.
“The Group has an aggressive global growth strategy,” explains Danie Kruger, Divisional General Manager of BBF Safety Group, Port Elizabeth. “The machine supports us where we are in the growth curve, and enables us to challenge Chinese imports in the safety footwear market, and localise production.”
Buy increasing production capacity, BBF Safety Group is another step closer to achieving its objective of supplying customers on demand. “Within the safety footwear procurement cycle, purchases are often annual,” explains Kruger. “We’re an incredibly customer-focussed business and driven by market demand, high stock availability allows us to satisfy that demand, quicker.”
Making safety shoes from size two through to 13, the 300 station DESMA DDPU injection moulding machine is able to inject a moulded sole to the shoe upper every 15 seconds. Able to output 2,000 pairs of shoes a day, the new investment takes the total DDPU machines at the BBF Safety Group Port Elizabeth plant to four, and daily output potential to over 5,000 pairs.
“There is an incredible amount of excitement on the floor,” adds Kruger. “We are employing
eight additional operators to work the three shifts we have scheduled for the machine. This is one step of many, in our growth strategy and it’s great to see the entire team behind the vision.”
German made, the DESMA is a globally preferred technology and machine supplier for the international footwear manufacturers.
Author: Kimberley Clare Ogden
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