State-of-the-art factory officially opened following R12-million upgrade

11 November 2013

Polyurethane expert UMP has substantially increased its existing production capabilities, while expanding into engineering and fabrication services, as a result of its advanced new R12-million manufacturing facility in Johannesburg.

The upgrade of the ISO 9001 accredited factory – which was opened at a ceremony hosted by the company in November 2013 – has resulted in UMP’s scope of polyurethane supply expanding to include rubber lined, ceramic and fibreglass products, in addition to the fabricated steel components.UMPs Newly Upgraded Factory

UMP director Trevor Carolin says: “In the past, complex moulding required the client to supply steel inserts for their polyurethane. These inserts are now fabricated and machined on premises, before being cast with a specific urethane or rubber-lined, then bolted, assembled and crated for delivery.”

Carolin highlights the fact that the factory upgrade also forms part of UMP’s ongoing plans for expansion in South Africa and beyond. “The expansion has resulted in the UMP factory more than doubling in size from 2 300 m2 to 5 000 m2, which has allowed for the creation of additional workshop space and new machinery for the polyurethane and engineering divisions.”

According to Carolin, the UMP engineering and fabrication division is now able to service considerably larger projects. “We now have the ability to lift components that are up to 12,5 tons in weight and up to 10 m in height under one crane. In the past, these types of projects would have been outsourced, as a result of our limited capacity. We are in a position to manufacture anything from machines to structural components.”

Carolin reveals that UMP’s increased capacity offers clients a value-added service offering, as everything is completed according the company’s exact specifications under one roof. “Improved  internal manufacturing capabilities lowers the cost of production thanks to an increase in volumes, while improving quality control, as a result of all processes remaining entirely in-house.”

Carolin states that UMP will increase its focus on pipelines as well as expanding into the export markets across Africa, North America and South America. “UMP is currently in the process of establishing a dedicated North American branch in Ontario, Canada, to service the well established mining sector in the region. With development taking place in the South American mining market, I believe that UMP can gain market share in the region by consolidating on its success in Canada.”

From a local point of view, Carolin points out that the South African market remains relatively subdued, despite showing signs of recovery.”Africa has been identified by UMP as the most prospective market for new projects and growth possibilities. As a result, we will continue to place a high emphasis on expanding our reach in this market moving forward,” he concludes.

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