RJG Inc. has augmented its U.K. training presence, acquiring G&A Moulding Technology, including its 10,000-ft2 facility and 13 injection molding machines. Approximately 90 miles north of London in Peterborough, G&A complements RJG’s existing regional presence, which commenced in 2010 with the establishment of a branch office in Ireland. The deal is expected to completed on Jan. 1, 2015, and according to Ken Fassett RJG’s International Business Development manager, there will be no impact to G&A’s existing employee and management team.
Founded in 1998, G&A provides training and consulting customers 13 molding machines, including Engel, Husky, Sumitomo, Fanuc, Demag, Negri Bossi, and Zhafir machines, ranging in clamp force from 15 to 230 tons, according to G&A Managing Director Richard Brown. The company also features a Class 8 - 10,000 clean room for medical and pharma development projects, Brown said.
According to Fassett, G&A specializes in training, consulting, process development, and Moldflow expertise, as well as offering its own process optimization software it calls PRO-OP. In a release, RJG noted that as an independent division, G&A will continue to offer support, training, and advisory services to the U.K. market, building upon what RJG has already established, according to Fassett.
“[RJG] has developed relationships with injection molders in [the U.K. and Ireland] since opening our office in Ireland in 2010,” Fassett said, noting those customers come primarily in the medical device market and that they have been implementing RJG’s cavity pressure technology systems and undertaking scientific molding training. “We have experienced strong growth in this market, and are projecting this growth to continue into 2015 and beyond,” Fassett said.
Fassett described G&A as a “profitable business”, noting that the company increased market penetration during the recent downturn and is actively recruiting to meet the growing demand for their services.
“There is a similar skills gap here in the U.K.,” Fassett said, “and [G&A] is seeing the same trend as the U.S. with respect to the need for plastics training.”
Once completed, the new acquisition for RJG will create an organization with 119 employees located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., France, Germany, Singapore and China.