UK Enterprise Awards 2018

SME NEWS / UK Enterprise Awards 2018 99 , Company: D M D (2000) Ltd Contact: Fred McKechnie Address: Units B,C & D, Woodside Road, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8EF, UK Phone: 01224 706700 Web Address: Best Specialist Food Packaging Manufacturers 2018 - UK D M D (2000) Ltd UKE18121 DMD 2000 Aberdeen based packaging manufactures, primarily supporting clients in the bakery trade and other food related areas. We profile the firm to learn more about the innovative solutions it provides. purchase was supported so well by our customers who ordered their own bespoke trays at very competitive prices, DMD had to invest again for the future. In 2016 DMD purchased a second additional CNC machine to keep up with demand, and our fast turnaround on new tools. More recently, 2017 saw DMD reaching the finals of the Manufacturer of the Year award against heavy competition. Carrs Flour and MacPhie (of Glenbervie) also in the final stages. DMD came out on top and was awarded the accolade. In addition to its emphasis on service DMD has also been committed to continual investment in plant and machinery, an approach which facilitates faster reaction times in accordance with the needs and turnaround times of their customers. Additionally, 2017 saw DMD purchase the property adjacent increasing the storage by another 12,000 sq. ft. to further its expansion needs. Now in 2018, DMD has completed its £2 million-pound investment over the last 2 years, with the purchase of its third fully automatic, in line, form, cut and stack machine to further strengthen the firms position in the UK market. Moving forward in the short term DMD will continue doing what we have done successfully: maintaining a steady pace of growth and giving the customer what they want, when they want it, or earlier, to ensure that the firm builds upon its current success over the years to come. Founder Fred McKechnie started in the bakery trade in 1973 when he left school to work at Food Ingredients supplier Fleming Howden. In 1989 he was manufacturing for DMD (Thermoforming) Ltd, and in the year 2000 conducted a management buyout and DMD 2000 Ltd was born. Eigteen years later, he continues to develop the business. Today, there are two key facets to DMD’s operational success that have been integral to the company’s development: Commitment to continuous product range improvement and focus on customer service. This approach is clearly evident with the launch of a number of new products which have strengthened DMD’s position as a leading manufacturer and supplier of thermoformed products within the UK, Ireland and beyond. Over the years the firm has achieved incredible success. In 2004, just four years after the firm’s management buyout, when it had outgrown its 6,000 sq. ft. premises, DMD relocated to a new 16,500 sq. ft. site in Aberdeen that enabled the business to develop & grow in accordance with BRC/IOP requirements and regulations. Then, 2015 saw DMD diversify slightly, by purchasing our own CNC machine, which allowed us to do our own in-house tooling for its valued customers. The