Flambeau’s Packaging Division, which specializes in molded tool cases and organizers for industrial and consumer applications, has announced the launch of their Makita Cases Program.
As part of the arrangement, Flambeau is producing Makita plastic case assemblies at their Ramsgate, Kent, England facility, where they are now ramped up to full capacity.
Flambeau says they and Makita are:
collaborating on the production of plastic case assemblies for Makita power tools such as planers, drills, grinders, and saws.
The company says they invested in 7 new injection molding presses and an enhanced material handling system. They also invested in upgrades for several of the plant’s existing injection molding presses, which were moved to accommodate the new production setup.
It is a sign that proven and efficient automated cells encourage the return of product and component manufacturing to the United Kingdom.
It is unclear whether Makita is coming out with a new modular tool case system, or if the UK-made cases will simply be blow molded tool cases of the kind commonly bundled with tool kits. Either way, this investment is interesting news to me.
Digging deeper, Flambeau issued an earlier announcement, in mid-2021, about “winning a substantial contract to manufacture plastic case assemblies for Makita.”
We asked Flambeau for more information, but they have not yet responded.