Beauty industry firm could create North-East jobs after £700,000 investment (From The Advertiser Series)
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Sone Products Limited, in Stanley, County Durham, keen to continue growth
A SPECIALIST firm behind plastic containers used in the beauty industry says it hopes to create new North-East jobs after investing £700,000 in new machinery.
Sone Products Ltd, based in Stanley, County Durham, has bought injection blow moulding equipment to increase production of its mascara, eye liner and lip gloss packaging.
The company, which employs about 130 workers, makes the main body and lids for mascara containers before inserting brushes and branding for global companies, and last year made its 100 millionth product since becoming an independent manufacturer.
Bosses say the investment, which follows a successful £250,000 Government regional growth funding bid to expand its plant, will open new markets and create a new specialist process engineer role.
David Clemes, Sone manufacturing manager, said: “This will greatly enhance what we can offer our growing customer base, providing more flexibility that will satisfy their differing demands.
“As well as the equipment, a major part of the investment will be a new training programme to bring staff up to speed with our technology and the new machines.
“This will give our customers peace of mind that we are producing products of the highest quality.”
Earlier this year, Sone created three permanent jobs as it looked to continue its expansion and increase work across the personal care, healthcare and beauty sectors.
It appointed Tony Burnell as business development manager and Duncan Wormald as a project engineer, with French-born Amandine Leighton joining as a customer service assistant.
Raymond Oliver, Sone chairman and chief executive, said: “Tony's experience of overseas markets, such as Europe and the US, sits well with our existing customer base and his ability will make a positive contribution as we look to become the manufacturer of choice to brand leaders.”
Mr Oliver added Mr Wormald is developing the company in new markets, while reducing manufacturing costs, with Ms Leighton using her multi-lingual skills to improve customer service.
In June, the company was the firm firm of its type in the region to be awarded a gold standard from skills organisation Cogent.
The Government-funded Sector Skills Council scheme works with companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear sectors by improving workers' skills and training to increase their standing in the industry.
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