METaL have recently been working with Envases, a 4th generation family business with over 60 years’ experience in developing a wide range of aluminium products, such as cans and bottles. The company are based across their two modern European production plants in Northern Spain, and Port Talbot, South Wales. Envases offer expertise, innovation and tooling developed in-house, and are fully equipped to handle customer packaging requirements.

The company is committed to improving quality and efficiency; this is achieved by investing in R&D, but also by investing in the continuous improvement of their experienced employees.
Adrian Golding, Production Manager for Envases (UK) said, “At Envases we are highly committed to developing a partnership with Swansea University which will assist us in our future plans for growth and succession. The facilities at the School of Engineering, and the training provided by the METaL Project, will allow us to develop as a business, and carry out technical analysis of incoming materials. It will also help us to better understand the effects of using different alloys in the process of aerosol manufacture. We have agreed a wide range of course provision with METaL, and will be sending a number of employees on these modules. As a company that is committed to professional development of our employees, we felt that METaL was the best solution.”

Envases employees recently undertook a METaL ‘Manufacturing Technology’ course, which focused on aluminium processes. Christopher Lamb, a Quality Technician for Envases (UK), said “We are currently developing different alloys for our process, and the information delivered during the course helped us understand the effects different minerals have during the forming process, this in turn reduced our trial times. The knowledge within the METaL Project team is second to none.”

Staff at Envases have also benefitted from other courses delivered by METaL, including Arc Welding, Practical Metallurgy and CAD. Robert Box, Tooling Development Manager, said “The testing procedures and equipment the METaL team offered have helped to speed up our initial design stage and allowed us to understand the relationship between our tooling and material far better, this has really helped our project work.”

The METaL Project are in the process of further enhancing their relationship with Envases, and have facilitated discussions around printing processes with Swansea University’s Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating. Envases are also looking into the potential of developing links with Swansea University’s M2A project, which provides industry-led postgraduate research training in advanced materials and manufacturing.

METaL are supported by the European Social Fund, through Welsh Government; as a result of the investment of EU funds in Wales, Envases have been able to upskill their employees. The company have also benefitted from the use of Swansea University’s facilities and from the expertise provided by course lecturers. Going forward, METaL hope to continue their positive relationship with Envases, and provide more training to the company in future.