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Plastica – Thriving Through Lockdown With a surge in interest for domestic products during the COVID-19 lockdown, in this issue, we take look at how Plastica, the UK manufacturer and distributor of pool and spa products, has adjusted how it operates increase output in a safety first environment

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eing in business these days means being adaptable to times of change, but no-one could have predicted how different sectors would be affected during a worldwide pandemic. The majority of businesses that are home and health related, and more importantly able to trade online, have seen a boom during this time. Those initial three months of lockdown back in the spring proved to have been a unique time of growth for Plastica, the East Sussex-based manufacturer and distributor. The combination of great weather and families at home created the perfect storm for many parts of the swimming pool industry, especially on the domestic side, and the company has seen a huge increase in demand within various sectors of their business. Plastica’s own liners department witnessed an unseasonal increase in production compared to last year’s orders. Lead times have been constantly monitored and extended to allow for social distancing during manufacture and to maintain the quality of product they are so proud of. Taking a steady and slow approach has kept the increased production ticking over, while safe-guarding the health of staff and ultimately customers too. One area in particular of Plastica’s business that has experienced huge growth is their wooden pools range, where turnover has doubled compared to the same time last year. Commenting on the impressive surge, Plastica’s Timber Products Manager said: “Producing our wooden pool kits relies on many processes outside of our control. For example, the pressure treating of the wood takes time and is completed off-site, so we were dependent on how our business partners were coping through lockdown too. Everything

With sunshine-filled days at home to fill, demand for Plastica’s wooden pool range took off this year

has had a knock-on effect. I’m really pleased with how the team have rallied, have adhered to the social distancing rules and kept production going, during such unique and stressful times!” Discussions are underway to expand this ever-growing sector of the business. The Timber Products division already caters for the end-user, manufacturing wooden ponds, planters and even sandpits. Online ordering increased too as people finally had time to start those outdoor projects and looked forward to sunshine-filled days at home to liven up their outdoor environments. Utilising their knowledge from the pool trade, Plastica have created a top-quality product for Koi and also garden enthusiasts too. With an increase in water-based leisure activities, it’s not surprising that Plastica has seen growth in their water treatment business as well. So much so that the company have made the decision to take on new premises to expand their water treatment facility. Plastica

Plastica’s own liners department witnessed an unseasonal increase in production compared to last year’s orders

Turnover has doubled for Plastica’s wooden pools range when compared to the same time last year

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have managed to keep production flowing throughout lockdown. This was despite capacity for storage and social distancing becoming a challenge as orders were escalating. However the decision was made to expand into a nearby premises, which enables more storage space, room for an automated filling and capping machine and allows staff to work safely. As of September, their new 5,000 square foot warehouse has been run by a team of experienced water treatment staff. The extra space has increased Plastica’s manufacturing capacities while maintaining social distancing protocols. Edward Campbell-Salmon, Plastica’s Managing Director said: “We’ve been in a privileged position of working within a sector which is in demand, and that we have been able to safely keep trading during this crisis, providing for our loyal customers and gaining new ones as a result. This wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous efforts of our staff during such difficult times.” So, despite so much uncertainty and bad news, Plastica are not only surviving, but thriving! For more information or for enquiries into the company’s above-ground wooden pools, Relax water treatment range for pools and hot tubs or any other products produced by Plastica, please visit the company website. Plastica Pools 01424 857857 www.plasticapools.net

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...