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Vogue Plastics Machinery Limited respond to COVID-19 crisis

Find out how our long-term customer, Vogue Plastics Machinery, have adapted to the current pandemic and how we have proudly supported them for over 15 years.

The customer

Established in 1996 by Jonathan Salem, Vogue Plastics Machinery specialises in the supply of used plastics processing machinery, in particular thermoforming, pressure forming and extrusion machines. They also supply used trimming equipment, including 5-axis CNC routers, band saws, roller presses and hydraulic presses.

Today, the firm buys and sells machines all over the world from their base in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and has grown to become the largest used machine seller in the sector.

Challenge and solution

When the COVID-19 crisis hit the UK, there was quickly an overwhelming demand for PPE (personal protective equipment), which led to the decision to turn Vogue Plastics Machinery’s focus to producing protective visors.

To enable this, in early April, Jonathan joined forces with another firm to start producing the Enviro Visor Plus to protect wearers’ face against the droplets that can spread COVID-19.

To date, the joint effort has seen the production of over a million items of PPE with orders via their network of distributors from hospitals and NHS trusts across the UK.

They are also pursuing a contract with the NHS to supply them with PPE on a more regular basis and from mid-May will be expanding their product range to include the cap visor, which can be fitted to a baseball-style cap - giving users more flexibility.

Building on strong relationships during COVID-19

Vogue Plastics Machinery has been a customer of the Burton branch of Close Brothers Asset Finance for over 15 years. In this time, a strong working relationship has been built with Close Brothers Asset Finance supporting the company with a mixture of Hire Purchase and Stocking agreements.

When speaking about working with Close Brothers Asset Finance, Jonathan said: “I’m really pleased with the relationship we have and I’m sure that we are one of their oldest customers. Close Brothers Asset Finance has provided finance to us for many years now and supported us through our growth. I couldn’t speak more highly of the support the whole team at Burton has given us as a business and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Sharon Chalkley, Managing Director of Close Brothers Asset Finance’s Burton office, added: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to support Vogue Plastics Machinery once again, enabling them to play their part during the COVID-19 crisis. Building strong relationships is what we are all about.”