60 seconds with: Duraweld
Monday, September 16, 2013
Duraweld began life in 1959, mostly making plastic book covers for libraries and sleeves for telephone books. In 1970 it merged with Mac Plastics, run by Richard Senior. In March 2010 the company underwent a management buyout and Hannah Senior (Richard’s daughter), now owns the company jointly with Mark Yeung, the former finance manager.
Where are you based?
In a purpose-built factory in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, on the south side of Scarborough
How many staff do you have?
50-plus. A mixture of experienced old-timers and enthusiastic young people make up the Duraweld team
What does your firm do?
We make promotional plastic and paper-over-board products, such as ring-binders, folders and boxes
What’s your typical customer?
It could be anyone from someone running a small business from home, to a large global corporate company. Our main customers are large printers and print management companies as well as promotional goods suppliers and training companies
Which regions do you serve?
We work nationally, offering free delivery to the UK mainland
What’s your USP?
We were the first to offer our customers the ability to order a bespoke plastic product online. The service has since expanded from ring binders to include tax disc holders, boxes and travel card holders. And we continue to innovate the Biomax “antimicrobial” folder being an example of that
What’s your company’s motto?
What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?
Being placed, two years running, in the top 50 of The Times’ Best Green Companies
What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?
Probably any biscuit that is covered in chocolate!