Hindson saw this as an opportunity: “When we came here it was a chance to say let’s keep it small, let’s know everybody personally, let’s understand them, let’s reward them properly.
“By doing that, you are in control. If a company gets too big, it stops being fun,” he added.
“So we’ve kept this, deliberately a little undersized people-wise, and building-wise, it isn’t quite big enough, but, it does you perfectly when things turn quiet, “Hindson said. “AutoRIM directly employs 11 people and a number of excellent local contractors we call on when we get busy.”
Hindson’s exposure to the automotive industry it really started with a contract to supply machinery to IAC International in the 1980’s He explains “because of our production setup and with the ability to design press equipment, we were able to tailor the machines to the correct specifications for their production. Then we could take a mixing machine and interfacing with equipment.”
This was a good strategy for about a decade and Hindson “supplied a number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Companies: Faurecia, Treves, TMat, Acoustafoam, IAC. Many of the machines were designed to put foam on the back carpets for improved vehicle sound absorption.
Since he established AutoRIM in 2005, the firm has also“worked on two dual hardness cushion lines for Lear in the north-east of England,” said Hindson. He added that the dual hardness cushion lines were supplied by Hennecke with AutoRIM providing technical support.
In partnership with Hennecke AutoRIM has also been involved in the relocation from Eastern Europe of CSM composite spray moulding technology for rear parcel shelves. and has also been involved in the successful conversion to pentane of an existing plant making closed panel building systems.
“Overseas has been equally rewarding working in close co-operation with Hennecke, including projects for full wall insulation panels for off-site construction in the Czech Republic, rigid pocket fill systems in the Netherlands and air conditioning panels in Switzerland,” Hindson added. Dividing the work between AutoRIM and Hennecke to some extent depends on the size of the order said Hindson. Some European companies often prefer to deal with Hennecke as a long established and well respected name in polyurethane, and we are pleased to respect that and work alongside our Hennecke colleagues.
Auto RIM successfully launched the Hennecke Highline range of machines on the 14th and 15th of May 2015. The range includes mixing systems which accurate meter the components and self-cleaning mix heads to reduce chemical wastage, together with constant pressure injectors for a constant operating pressure. Energy demand is decreased by using the machine’s Blue Intelligence standby mode, said Hindson. He added that his firm “had already installed three units” in the UK by mid-May.
Awareness of full life costs has really changed to our advantage, now people know what energy costs and how much it cost to run this machine, five years ago people would much less interested in this aspect,” he said. Hennecke has quantified this for the new ranges of machines.
As well as decreased energy demands Hennecke machines are designed to use efficient mixing to require less chemistry, so users can also save chemistry in the component, this adds up across long production runs.
“Processors are trading up, to the better manufacturers,” said Hindson, “because people want the reliability from big three (machinery manufacturers). Customers are becoming more demanding of equipment, they want it to work reliably but if there is a problem to be repaired tomorrow, not a week tomorrow.”