Despite a year of challenges for many businesses across the UK, a specialist foam sealing business based in Warwickshire have been fortunate enough to not only weather the storm but also complete both a management buy-out and name change. Robafoam, formerly known as CeraCon UK, completed the buy-out last December safeguarding the future of the 20 staff at the foam sealing company. After a nine-month process, the deal made with their German parent company CeraCon GmbH, was completed with the support and guidance of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub.
Since then, they have been working with local designers to form a new identity for their UK owned business, now called Robafoam; Robotically applied foam seal specialists. The company’s Managing Director Robert Jones explained: “We are keen to reassure our customers that nothing, other than our name has changed. We have a new name, new look but are still providing the same commitment and quality that we always have. We will also continue to be the UK’s official distributor of CeraCon products.”
The business offers a unique service in the UK. Using 6-axis robots and specialist equipment, Robafoam create and automatically apply liquid foam seals directly to their customer’s parts. Their customer base and target market are vast, ranging from electronics to automotive, lighting to construction. This application process provides significant commercial and technical benefits compared to manually fitting seals and gaskets.
Robert said “From our modest start in 2013, we now have approaching 100 UK customers within excess of 500 different applications. Our turnover is approx. £1.8 million and running a two-shift production. At the beginning of 2020, we expanded into a second facility, which will become our Technical and Visitor Centre. We are specifically targeting applications within the Battery Electric Vehicle market with this new R&D facility.”
Visit Robafoam on stand 18-119.