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LJA Miers orders second Zund cutter

Jul '20
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LJA Miers, a UK-based specialists in conversion and lamination of rubber, foam, plastic and fabric for the automotive industry, has diversified its manufacturing efforts into the production of personal protective equipment with the purchase of another Zund cutter. LJA Miers & Co Ltd is one of the longest running rubber, foam and plastics converters.
Using a wide range of conversion techniques and their 66 years of manufacturing experience, LJA Miers manufactures products used in a wide range of industries and applications which include automotive, manufacturing, glazing, packaging, construction and medical. Offering a one stop solution for laminating, adhesive coating, converting, cutting and processing. This versatility has enabled the company to operate in a flexible manufacturing environment with ongoing commitment to investing in the latest cutting technology.
In late March this year, the company saw their order book drop to almost nothing as the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United Kingdom. Many of LJA Miers’ customers halted production as the situation unfolded which took an inevitable knock-on effect. Keeping abreast with the latest media updates and government guidelines, the company sought to make an early response to the call-to-arms for UK manufacturers to support our highly valued and appreciated NHS.
“We had to rethink our approach and decided to work closely with the NHS to develop a face shield for Addenbrookes. Once we met the specifications, we started to get small orders for face shield production. At first, we received orders of 1,000 to 2,000 units which our current Zund could cope with.” Jack Miers, production manager at LJA Miers, said in a press release. 
“It soon became apparent that we needed to ramp up production to meet the demand at that time as greater cutter capacity was required. We received a substantial order from Addenbrookes & other local NHS trusts, which led us to contact Zund UK,” Miers said.
Zund UK were keen to help and arranged for a demonstration machine from its demo suite to be made available. Within a week of the initial enquiry, the Zund G3 L-3200 was on site, installed and ready to go, cutting the PET for the shields. The company is also awaiting the arrival of their third Zund cutter, a purchase planned after a customer experience event they attended in Switzerland at the beginning of the year. 
“During our trip to Switzerland, we had the pleasure of seeing the different options Zund offered and went ahead with an order for a fully configured cutter that meets our requirements. This purchase will help us open doors to pursue foam packaging business,” Miers said.
Since the installation of the ex-demonstration Zund G3 L-3200, LJA Miers have now recruited a further 120 employees to its workforce locally onto their shift patterns and run a 24/7 operation. The company is currently producing 120,000 face shields per day from their factory in Cambridgeshire and is now one of the largest employers in St Neots. 
“When LJA Miers approached us to support them with PPE production, we knew we had to act fast. We were able to secure a machine from our demo suite in St Albans, which we had shipped, installed and production-ready in just 3 working days. The tremendous work that LJA Miers have been doing for hospitals all over the country has been vital to national effort and we are pleased we were able to do our bit to help. It was a great effort by all in involved,” Thomas Scott, sales account manager at Zund UK, said in the release. 

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