Posted on: 16th Nov 2020
PolyGlobal, a market leading manufacturer of bespoke engineered plastic mouldings, proudly celebrates 35 years of manufacturing this week.
The Wakefield based business was established in 1985 as Polyurethane Progress Ltd by Olivia Gledhill and her son, Neil Cook. Olivia and Neil saw a gap in the market for injection moulded polyurethane seals. At the time, polyurethane wasn’t a particularly well- known material, especially its characteristics, versatility and flexibility. They founded the company as an injection moulded polyurethane seal company, later developing into other injection and cast moulded components and extending their range of materials.
In the mid 1990’s, increased tool making capabilities helped them to expand their customer base into Europe. As well as developing a strong domestic customer base, their export business continued to grow and they now export to 21 countries mainly across Europe but also including America, China, Australia and the Caribbean.
Jordan Cook, Neil’s son, took over as Managing Director in 2011. After growing up in the family business, Jordan is passionate about manufacturing, and his ambition has seen the business go from strength to strength. Recent years have seen extensive investment in to machinery, technology and software, enabling PolyGlobal to remain at the forefront of their market. In February 2020, Jordan was recognised as one of Yorkshire’s 42 under 42, by The Insider. This list profiles the region’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs under 42 years of age.
In 2015, a full rebrand of the company took place in response to the demands and opportunities of the markets it supplies, and PolyGlobal was born.
A second or third tier supplier to global companies, they deliver every aspect of the moulding service from identifying the problem, helping to design the best solution, sourcing the most suitable material for manufacturing and testing it to ensure it meets international and industry requirements.
Their highly skilled team works closely with customers to develop bespoke solutions customised to individual requirements. They deploy decades of expertise in moulded plastics to ensure the parts they produce perform effectively in the environments in which they need to operate.
In 2019 they embarked on a collaboration with Bradford University’s Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre, to undertake extensive testing on their materials and moulded parts. This partnership facilitated the launch of the company’s own material, Hyperpol, and enables PolyGlobal to advise and recommend specific materials from an increased technical and performance perspective.
Proud of their Yorkshire roots, PolyGlobal remain loyal to their local community. Many of their 30 employees live in the surrounding area, with a number of them being with the company since the very start. Over the years they have been supporters of many local causes, including Wakefield Hospice and amateur sports teams.
As active members of the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum, PolyGlobal encourage improvement and growth amongst fellow manufacturers, as well as being accredited members of Made In Britain, an organisation that supports and promotes British Manufacturing.
PolyGlobal’s progress and achievements over the last few years have been recognised with a number of industry award nominations of which they are extremely proud:
As they celebrate their 35th Birthday, Jordan Cook, MD, says:
“PolyGlobal is forward thinking, customer focused, quality and innovation driven. This year has been a particularly difficult and challenging time for all industries, I am extremely proud of our team and all we have achieved over the last 35 years, and am determined to continue to lead PolyGlobal to business success, building on what we’ve achieved to date, breaching new horizons and flying the flag for manufacturing in Yorkshire and the UK”.