Plastics By Design Ltd

Head Office, 2 Dial Close
SN12 6NP

  • We have over 25 years experience in thermoforming
  • Protective packaging & vacuum formed transit trays
  • Vacuum forming and pressure forming
  • We have over 25 years experience in thermoforming
  • Protective packaging & vacuum formed transit trays
  • Vacuum forming and pressure forming
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Plastics By Design Ltd

As a family run business with over twenty five years of experience in the design and manufacture of Thermoformed Plastics, Plastics By Design is able to provide its customers with a complete service from concept and design through to manufacture and delivery.

At Plastics By Design no job is too small or too big. We are able to use our experience and expertise to offer customers from many different sectors around the world including blue chip companies with improved solutions including the enhancement of their original designs to make the components more presentable and easier to use.

We also pride ourselves on our ability to create unique products for customers with difficult projects some of which have led to the achievement of several awards for design and manufacture.

Vacuum Forming Transit Trays
Over the years Plastic by Design have and still design and manufacture plastic transit trays and packaging for some of the world’s biggest blue chip companies.

With every vacuum forming transit tray or packaging design we create, we make sure our ideas are apart from anyone else’s making your tray or packaging is unique. We will guarantee to create something that your company will love because it’s economical and is practical for its job.

Plastic Transit Trays: We create transit trays to aid companies moving various products from one place to another. We have extensive experience that allows us to be confident with creating a tray that will deliver your product safely. We also make sure the trays will be able to stack and work with automated systems.

To view our dedicated plastic transit trays website please Click Here

Vacuum Formed Plastic Protective Packaging
The most important element to protect packaging is the safety of the product. Our vacuum formed plastic protective packaging is highly specialised using the best vehicle crash test machines. We make sure every product is dropped tested to the legal specification and requirements. We do this in order to keep the item safe from any damage through transportation. With our expert team of designers we know how to design and produce a plastic package that will enhance the products stability from being distorted. For example using crumple zones that will allow for shock absorption. The tests allow us to check that your product will remain safe in the packaging through all types of transit. We can do this with various techniques that we have learnt through the 25 plus years of work we’ve done in vacuum forming.

Design and Innovation/3D CAD/Rapid Prototyping/Samples
Plastics By Design offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of plastic processing services and can also provide quotes for both new and existing work so to find out more please do not hesitate to get in touch.

• Vacuum Forming
• Pressure Forming
• 3 & 5 axis CNC Trimming
• Plastic Transit Trays Manufacturer
• 3 & 5 axis CNC Trimming
• Drape Moulding
• Rapid Prototyping
• Plastic Fabrication
• Printing Formed 3D Forms
• Injection Moulding
• Hot Line Bending
• Standard Packs
• Silk Screen Printing
• Foil Block Printing
• Design
• Toolmaking
• Standard Range of Food Trays

Vacuum Forming
We offer a wide range of services which enables us to produce everything from thin sheet packaging to thick sheet complex components. - catering for both large and small volume production. Materials commonly used are PVC, PET, HIPS, ABS, PP, HDPE, and Polycarbonate, ranging from 200΅m to 12mm thick. We perform assembly work and adopt the responsibility of project management. Our consistent high standards are evident from the various awards our design team have obtained, including Gold in the British P.O.P. the Gold G.L.E.E. and a Star pack award. Using 3D cad work, we can produce a concept design from which we can create rapid prototypes and in turn, a production tool. Most samples and designs can be produced in a matter of days. The Manufacturing plants that we use to produce the vacuum formings etc all are credited with the BRC/IOP Global Standard and BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Standard.

Pressure Forming
When it comes to Pressure Forming we offer a complete service from tool design and manufacture through to final inspection and delivery.

The difference between vacuum forming and pressure forming are clear in the end product: Pressure forming moulds have a great finish. Their surface texture is more defined and the corners of the moulds are sharper and more accurate to the original design. You can have logos or certain textures marked into the plastic surface, this cannot be achieved with vacuum forming.

Plastic Box Inserts
Retail items like small parts often contain plastic box inserts in their packaging. Box inserts are lightweight and durable, they are also hugely beneficial to the environment. Our box inserts can be recycled without the need to send them to a landfill.

3D Vacuum Formed Printing
Printing and forming up to 2500mm x 1250mm Hi Res 2400dpi printing compared to 300dpi screen print In-house pre-distortion correction using specialist software Fast workflow for pre-distortion correction in house 4 colours plus 2 whites possible Can be LED back Lite Can print under surface (clear material) and on surface Ideal.

Plastic By Design is able to work in a wide range of materials although the most common are PVC, HIPS, PET, PP, HDPE, ABS and Polycarbonate in thicknesses up to 12mm.

The various awards accumulated over the year’s stands testament to our quality of work, three awards of which include Gold in the British P.O.P. the Gold G.L.E.E. and a Star Pack Award.

All manufacturing plant used for our vacuum forming processes is accredited with the BRC/IOP global Standard & BS EN ISO 9001:2008.


• Standard Trays & Packs
• Packaging
• Transit Trays
• Components
• Displays
• Protective Packaging
• Food trays
• Film
• Thick Sheet
• Thin Sheet
• Point of Sale Products
• Button Packs

This is only a tiny example of the wide range of products and services Plastics By Design is able to provide so to find out more or download any of our leaflets please visit our website or get in touch.

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ISO 9001 Quality management systems

Opening Hours

Monday -   09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday -   09:00 to 17:00
Wednesday -   09:00 to 17:00
Thursday -   09:00 to 17:00
Friday -   09:00 to 17:00
Saturday -   Closed
Sunday -   Closed

Key Personnel

Simon Goodier

Simon Goodier

Tel: 01380 827 022

Grace Goodier

Grace Goodier
Marketing and Sales Director

Tel: 01380 827 022

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Customer - Martin, Vending Machine Company

"A good customer service is extremely important for us, our customers expect a high quality product that will always be delivered on time. Plastics by Design have never failed us with this criteria. Plastics By Design supply a good quality product that has never been late on order. Their customer service is beyond excellent for both ongoing production requirements and any new product development. I would most definitely recommend this company"

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Customer - Chris, Renault

"Our experience has been nothing short of outstanding with Plastics By Design and that goes for their customer service too. They have offered fantastic design solutions to our very demanding low cost packaging requirements. The lead time they carry out from concept to the supply of finished product from production tooling was both competitively fast and always on time. We feel like a valued customer to Plastics By Design and we are very confident in their ability to assist/solve any vacuum formed packaging requirements that we may get in the future. We would definitely recommend Plastics By Design as a supplier & we are going to always use them for our vacuum forming products."

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