White Horse Plastics - Growth Through Practical Innovation

With over 45 years’ experience, White Horse Plastics signature strength is the development and production of tight tolerance technical injection mouldings and plastics-based sub-assemblies and is proud of its “can do” attitude. This has been built on the philosophy of approaching opportunities from a customer viewpoint, to provide them with a competitive edge through innovation and actively promoting, practising and developing supply chain partnership.

Key milestones include:
1973
WHP founded by Rod Houghton, Roy Bayston and Don Fathers.
1992
Rod Houghton buys out original two partners, and re-focuses the business away from general trade moulding and more towards technical moulding solutions.
1993
Moved to the current purpose built site in Stanford-in-the-Vale allowing scope for significant expansion.
1994
Introduction of new shift pattern and move to 96 hour standard working week.
1996
Injection Moulding Tools Ltd (IMT) is formed following acquisition of CS Tools of Witney to provide in-house tool making capabilities. Obtained ISO 9001 accreditation.
1997
New building allows for further expansion, and development of Technical Cell to enhance customer support.
1999
Construction of second new building completed in 2000 enabling further increased moulding capacity.
2002
Achieved ISO14001 (environmental management certification).
2003
Achieved TS16949 (global automotive quality management system).
2006
Construction of third new building completed as dedicated Warehousing facility and to further increase moulding capacity.
2007
Development of WHP’s first fully automated insert loading moulding cell with inbuilt camera inspection for 100% quality validation.
2010
Complete reorganisation of factory floor space to enable areas to be dedicated to new business initiatives.
2012
Further enhancement of Metrology facility. Includes upgrade of CMM and installation of CNC optical measurement with 3 axis capability.
2016
Move into medical sector, with dedicated manufacturing space. ISO 13485 accreditation achieved.
2018
WHP Management Buyout. Succession team drawn from existing management, led by Paul Bobby as Managing Director.