Turnkey Injection Moulding Solutions for the UK and Ireland

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK is one of the leading importers of injection moulding machinery in the U.K. market with a market share of approximately 15 %. The IntElect machines are acceptedin the market as being amongst the best in the world. The major markets for the machines are automotive, IT, packaging, electric/electronic, medical and pharmaceutical, building products and leisure.

Furthermore, with the recent acquisition of a new facility in Annacotty, Co. Limerick, Sumitomo Demag Ireland now has a new permanent "home" in the market. The facility is currently undergoing a refit and once complete will be able to offer spare parts and technical support, as well as machine rebuilds, new machine stock and eventually training all delivered locally. 

Currently Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK and Ireland are servicing more than 4,000 injection moulding machines serve approximately 200 customers and have an outstanding training organisation with a range of courses is organised on an annual schedule.

Meet the team

Nigel Flowers, Managing Director

“Since our foundation in September 1974, the UK & Eire market has changed beyond recognition, both in terms of size and technology. From the beginning, we’ve been at the forefront of addressing production challenges, whether it’s fast cycling or energy consumption. We have a proud history of innovation and development, the introduction IntElect2 is just the latest of a long list of world class machines in terms of energy and productivity. This enduring success can be attributed to our proud heritage, the Group’s timeless values and our people’s unwavering commitment to customers, engineering innovation, product quality and value for money”

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Dave Raine, Director

Dave re-joined the company as a director in December 2023, after spending 7 years as UK & Ireland Sales Manager for another major Japanese injection moulding and automation supplier.

Having originally started out in the moulding industry in the very early eighties, working for two high profile companies in the North East of England, Dave became poacher turned gamekeeper, swapping his role as new product integration engineer for a pharmaceutical packaging company to a role in sales for Hardie Polymers. As an agent for Demag (amongst others), Dave worked with & for Demag and Sumitomo Demag for 21 years, from 1994 to 2015.

Having returned to the Sumitomo Demag fold, Dave will work with Nigel in a transitional role in 2023, and will take over as UK MD in January 2024.

Outside of work, Dave enjoys golfing and is a keen follower of his local & national rugby union teams. Most recently, Dave has switched from participating in half-marathons to Ultras (80km +) and completes one or two of these events each year.

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Ashlee Gough, Area Sales Manager: North & Packaging

"I am your Area Sales Manager for Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, covering the North of the UK as well as the Packaging Sector.

I am looking forward to introducing myself to all existing and potential customers in the very near future. My focus will be to provide excellent customer service based on a strong technical understanding of all your requirements.

I have had a career in the plastic injection moulding industry for almost 10 years, starting out with a time served apprenticeship for an international access hardware manufacturer as a Toolroom and Maintenance Apprentice which later led me to become an Electrical Maintenance Technician. From there I was employed as a Service Engineer for Arburg Ltd, where I have spent the last 4½ years working on their range of all electric, hydraulic and hybrid machinery covering the UK and Ireland.

Outside of the working environment, I enjoy golf and mountain biking. I am also a keen supporter of all thing’s rugby related and enjoy following Worcester Warriors and England Rugby."

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Darren Vater-Hutchinson, Process & Training Engineer

"My career in plastics started at Link Plastics as a trainee toolsetter, finally progressing to senior technician. From Link Plastics I moved to Plastic Omnium as a technician in the technical department. I then moved to BPTA where I spent 11 years, as a technical consultant. Prior to BPTA closing I joined Epson, as a senior within injection moulding department. During a period of three years I achieved a high accolade, a 'silver award' in the 37th global Epson injection moulding competition in Japan. The silver award achievement reflects globally a second place position. I was the first British person to enter such competition for Epson since manufacturing began in May 1999. 

I then rejoined PTIC (formerly BPTA) in 2012 and completed my Masters in 'Polymer Engineering Design' at the University of Wolverhampton. 

I have worked within the injection moulding industry for 30 years with exposure to trade moulding, automotive and IT consumables."

Nick Stockton, Technical Manager / Helpdesk

Our Technical Manager, Nick Stockton, started with Demag Hamilton as an apprentice engineer, and after a 5 year apprenticeship qualified to work as a fully fledged service engineer. Nick worked on the road fault finding on Demag injection moulding machines and our Customer Helpdesk. Nick is now managing the day to day operations of our Customer Service team.

Nick is a keen Rugby Union supporter, following both England Rugby Union and London Wasps.

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