History of PMS
Precision Manufacturing Services Limited was founded in 1976 as a toolroom making wax injection moulds for the investment casting industry and based at the BICTA offices on Charles Street near the centre of Sheffield. The first EMB diecasting machine was sited at the back of the factory with castings spilling out in Charles Lane. It was incredibly cramped and the business was eventually split and moved. The toolroom relocated to Carlisle Street in Sheffield and the diecasting machines moved to Henley Grove Road, Rotherham under a newly constructed company PMS Diecasting Ltd
Current PMS Managing Director, Gordon Panter (left) with owner then, his father, Neil Gordon Panter
PMS Diecasting Ltd was incorporated on 22nd March 1978 – Company Registration No. 1359427 by Neil Gordon Panter. The company was set up to manufacture zinc diecast angle brackets used for joining aluminium extrusion in the construction of domestic greenhouses. The Company selling the greenhouses was Linkman Buildings and they had a 50% stake in PMS Diecasting Ltd. When Linkman Buildings got into financial trouble they wanted to sell their stake in PMS Diecasting Ltd and this was bought by Neil who now owned 100% of the business, the problem was it had no customers so Neil developed a trimming knife and hacksaw handle in zinc and sold these to the National Coal Board (NCB). From these intial products PMS Handtools Ltd was formed and eventually sold a range of hand products to all the major DIY multiples.
PMS Diecasting Ltd was bought from Precision Manufacturing Services Ltd for £350,000. The zinc diecasting foundry was situated at Unit 11, Braithwell Way, Hellaby and was separate from the main business at Bradmarsh Business Park, Templeborough which was producing own band handsaws for all the major DIY multiples. The customer base was extremely small: Aquadart (Croydex), Hall Garden Products, Swann-Morton, Deans Blinds, Sykes Pickavant and Hurfar. Gordon and Robin put £100,000 in to buy the business and £250,000 was funded by the Co-operative bank through the Government Small Firms Loans Guarantee scheme. PMS Diecasting is founded as an employee owned business with the initial staff having a part share of the buisiness.
EMB Pneumatic Diecaster, Ital Presse Hydraulic Diecaster, Vibro Finishing, Powder Coating, Soft Touch Printing & Assembly
Britax PMG finds PMS on the internet and we quoted for a 2 impression Mounting Bracket Tool. XL Toolmakers (John Hepworth) in Cleckheaton manufactures a 2 impression tool for £10,500.00. This product is the start of many products which were transferred to PMS as they consolidated their diecasting supplier base. Britax becomes PMS’s largest customer and PMS provides the powder coated finish.
Sample of original products: Aquadart, Swann-Morton and blades for PMS Handtools
John Joyce (Engineering Director) and Les Cooper (Production Director) turn up at PMS Diecasting with the PMS contact page from the web site. One of the largest users of zinc diecasting in the UK is based in Sheffield and Gordon didn’t realise. However, the web site did its job and brought the customer to us. After a visit by Hugh Facey it was agreed that Gripple would put tooling down with PMS for the Hangfast No.2 and Medium Gripple products. The inital production didn’t go particularly well as there were different versions and interpretation of the 2D drawings as well as different cavities of Medium gripples from Avon PDC going down different machines. This highlighted the need to consolidate and get more consistent products especially where multiple tools were in existence.
PMS introduces ABB robots to manufacture the Gripple products
PMS is awarded ISO 9001:2000 with the assistance of Terry Roney, quality consultant.
Hugh Facey buys shares in PMS Diecasting and becomes a Director. The Employee Ownership Scheme is formally introduced.
Gripple plus range launched and PMS is the preferred supplier for the new products
Frech Real Time diecasting machines are ordered two at a time to match the increased business from Gripple and the introduction of Gripple Plus range
PMS becomes the sole supplier of zinc diecast housings to Gripple replacing Avon Pressure Diecasting in the Midlands. PMS now inherits a number of old diecasting tooling which is not designed for robotic automation and it takes over two years to convert the tools to run on our diecasting cells.
PMS Team: Simon Woodward, Clayton Clarke, Andrew Millalrd, Elizabeth Monks, Danny Williams, Paul Burgin, Robin Mokryj, Artan Sula, Gordon Panter, Erita Sprudzane, Renars Liepins, Allan Follows. Robin Mokryj, initial founder and shareholder retires after 8 years.
New website and logo launched with strap line In Technology We Trust
PMS is accredited with ISO14001 the environmental accreditation. PMS purchase 2 x Frech 20T and 1 x Frech 50T3 real time control zinc diecasting machines from Diecast Machinery in Chicago, USA. We also introduce a 4-Slide diecasting machine from Titus. PMS win Assa Abloy and Cable Management as new customers.
PMS celebrate their 10th Anniversary with trip to York Races. It was a fantastic day out and needless to say we had a few casualties.
PMS invests in two Lamacaster machines supplied from Titus in Slovenia. The new machines are single impression fast cycling to remove the issues and contamination caused by running tools which have difficult shut offs on sliding cores. Examples are the Pushbutton and Side release housings.
PMS commissions Peter and Paul Design Agency to re-brand PMS and develop a new Website with company video on the home page. The new strap line incorporated was FLUID THINKING
GoTools Ltd is formed in 2012 by Steven Green, Gordon Panter and Andrew Millard. Frustrated with the lack of tool makers for die and cavity mould making in the local area we decided to set up GoTools to manufacture high quality tooling with an emphasis on prodcution performance during the tool life. Steven Green stepped down after one year and Andrew Millard was given the opportunity to run GoTools. In 2013 GoTools bought J&B Toolmakers and Steve Barrowcliffe joined creating the best equipped toolroom in the area within 2 years.
New automotive customer Kostal begins trading with PMS. High quality diecast parts for ‘Cold Touch’ switch gear in top of the range cars
PMS Diecasting Ltd is unamiously voted into GLIDE (Growth Led Innovation Driven Employee company). PMS first GLIDE reps are Dawn Culf and Simon Hardwick. Sean Starbuck replaces Dawn Culf in 2014.
3D Laser Scanning website and department goes live
The impressive new facilities of PMS Diecasting which were conveniently located across the road on the Hellaby Industrial Estate
PMS Diecasting Ltd win Company of the Year award 2013 at the Cast Metals Federation annual awards event. Gordon Panter, Richard Moore and Richard Baker receive the award on behalf of PMS.
Some of the PMS staff get together for a group photo for the PMS Welcome Booklet
Factory Painted. Colour scheme by Peter & Paul Design Sheffield