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Wicksteed Playgrounds Invests in Play!

December 13, 2015

 Wicksteed Playgrounds Invests in Play!

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Wicksteed Playgrounds has made significant investments this year; in its manufacturing centre, through new technology and increasing skilled personnel.  The UK play company has recently invested £105K in improving its manufacturing centre in the UK with the introduction of an additional state-of-the-art paint shop.  Using the latest technology, Wicksteed is able to offer its customers even greater choice of colour schemes and quality of finish on all its outdoor play and fitness equipment.

The expansion of the paint process facility opens up the design envelope for future Wicksteed play equipment designs by allowing one-piece structures to be larger and stronger, safe in the knowledge that the quality of powder paint application and curing is maintained to the highest standards.

Wicksteed’s development of its unique zinc thermal spray coating process which produces a textured coat, unlike galvanised, ensures that the paint keys and bonds to the steel. This guarantees the paint process for a ground breaking 7 years.

Wicksteed has added to its diverse team and welcomes 5 new personnel.  Tom Catterick has joined the company as an apprentice quality control inspector whilst also undertaking a 3 year mechanical engineering apprenticeship at college.  Clive Jarvis joins the company as the new Installation Manager for the South West and South Wales, Kevin Hodges has been appointed as the new Contracts Manager for Scotland and Leigh-Anne Bell and Kelly Rason join the design team as graphic artists.

Innovation is high on the agenda at Wicksteed, for both product and design technology.  The company has recently invested in a state-of-the-art 3D printer which has become an invaluable design tool as perfectly scaled prototypes can be created and tested. The creation of prototypes for plastic parts (grip handles etc.) has traditionally been outsourced but using the 3D technology they can easily be printed in-house, saving valuable time and money in the design process.

Written by: Andy Prentice
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