A brief history of OGM
OGM was founded in 1962 in a workshop in Oxford with a single injection moulding machine.
Over the next 40 years, Bev Wightman developed the business successfully with growth based on outstanding customer service, continuous innovation, the highest quality and a commitment to long term partnerships that add real value to every customer.
In 2001, Paul Wightman took over the business from his father and as Managing Director has continued to uphold the same core values.
More recently, ongoing success has led to the creation of a diversified group of companies within the OGM Holdings Group. Manufacturing from four factories in the UK, OGM now operates in Oxford and South Wales, and owns businesses in Bedford and Derby producing catering consumable products and printed films for packaging.
OGM – Yarnton, Oxfordshire
OGM – South Wales
OGM founded – the business was founded by Bev Wightman along with Ivan Owen, John Mumford and Don Shepherd. The company operated with one moulding machine and one tool to produce its own design of plastic door handle. Premises were shared with Owen Mumford Ltd in Woodstock.
The trend for stainless steel tableware in homes in the UK leads to the development of the OGM TableMat range – a fusion of a plastic injection moulded base and a hand woven stainless steel top. Sales grow with 6 assembly workers employed to produce the TableMat. Profits from this product and others in the range enable further investment in injection moulding machines and eventually new premises.
Trade moulding for other companies starts. Ever Ready Ltd become the company’s largest customer. We produce their torches and cycle lamps.
The business moves to a new 300 m2 factory in Eynsham as Trade Moulding grows.
The business is extended by 600 m2 to meet demand for Trade Moulding
The business is further extended and new offices are added to the building
Another extension of the buildings – this time we increase the warehouse.
Our relationship with Siemens begins as we start to supply 50,000 Housings pa for the MM1 range of products
A Lease is signed for new buildings in Eynsham adjacent to the existing factory adding a further 600m2 of warehouse space. Planning permission is granted for a further 600m2 extension to the building and conversation to a factory.
We sever ties with our largest customer in the automotive industry as calls year on year for price reductions means the business is not considered viable for the future. We focus on growth with electronics, general industrial and medical customers.
The new factory and offices are completed and production starts.
The cleanroom is built for Medical product assembly of wound drainage devices. Eventually 12 people are employed on 3 shifts to produce 50,000 assembled devices per month. We handle the post assembly irradiation and the devices are supplied as sterile product.
We extend again – a tool room is added.
We win Siemens Supplier of the Year.
The formation of OGM Holdings Ltd and acquisition of Terinex Ltd in Bedford doubles the size of the company and provides diversification into new sectors
Work begins on the Yarnton factory. In total the project costs approx. £4m and the first new machine is delivered on Oct 27th.
By May the complete move of all operations and staff has occurred and we have a company ready for the future.
Terinex launch FSBs (folded single bags) following a 2 year development of complex automation equipment to fold, insert the tie and label.
Terinex invest in the new generation of Oven Bag machines, developed in house and in partnership with specialist subcontractors. Three new machines are installed.
OGM Holdings Ltd acquire QC Packaging Films Ltd, adding eight-colour flexo film printing and slitting for packaging to Terinex’s capabilities.
Significant investment takes place in a new eight-colour HD flexo press, slitter and laminator.
Rebranding of QC to be part of the Terinex family occurs.
OGM make a £1m investment in increasing the moulding capacity at Yarnton and reorganising the assembly area to enable further growth in output from the site.