Form Follows Function

I’ve always believed that form should follow function and that we should make the most of design, and I’ve put this belief into action. Consequently in 2001 we launched a completely unique paint tray made from recycled plastic and cornered about 25% of the UK market for this article within a matter of weeks.

Below is an excerpt from the local Bradford newspaper.

From the Telegraph & Argus, first published Thursday 22nd Feb 2001.

Scrap Stars

A revolutionary paint tray made of scrap plastic is one of a series of innovations set to double turnover to £5 million in a three-year expansion plan announced by a Bradford firm.

Barplas, founded five years ago by managing director Brian Barghout a Bradford businessman to make plastic containers, has invested £500,000 in new machinery to increase competitiveness and widen its range of products. It currently makes paint containers and ornamental pots.

Mr Barghout said: “We are growing so rapidly that we foresaw a time when we might have difficulty dealing with the waste created during the manufacturing process. By using good design we have been able to create a wide range of useful products from what would otherwise be waste, in particular the paint tray. We’re spending £500,000 on machinery from Sandretto in Italy, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of injection-moulding machines. We’ll be producing 2.5 million paint trays this year.”

The trays include two funnels for pouring away leftover paint so that it can be tipped by a lefthanded or righthanded person; a moulded edge underneath so that it can be picked up easily; and a way to rest a brush handle in the funnel .

“We are also going to be making builders’ buckets and all the plastic bits such as handles that go to make up paint pads and other DIY items.”

Barplas, which has 35 employees at its Raymond Street premises, plans to produce six million trays in 2002. It began production in January on a new, automated line and has invested over £150,000 in the project, with £350,000 earmarked for further developments.

Brian Barghout BSC FRSA

From the Telegraph & Argus

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