2022/06/08   |   Doncaster   |   United Kingdom

HOMAG technology helps Omega PLC to become a market leader

HOMAG has been Omega's woodworking machinery supplier of choice since 2014 when the company began its investment programme in the procurement of new machinery.

"Over 95% of the machines in our factory are made by HOMAG. We believe that this strong partnership helps us to achieve our goals, as it ensures that we have the best possible plant list to meet our quality and future growth plans."

Alastair England, Purchasing & Operations Director, Omega PLC

Omega PLC is a market leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted kitchens and furniture. Its premium brands comprise of Mackintosh, Chippendale, Sheraton, English Rose, and Omega. Founded in 1996, this year marks the company's 26th year in business.

The company operates from a 400,000 sq. ft. purpose-built manufacturing complex in Thorne, near Doncaster. This facility deploys the very latest technology for fitted kitchen furniture production in the UK. Computer-aided design and computer-controlled manufacturing systems work together to create an exciting range of modern and classic kitchens which incorporate the very latest design innovations.

30 HOMAG machines and counting

Having the very latest technology in kitchen furniture production has helped facilitate Omega’s rapid expansion to become the market leader it is today. HOMAG has been Omega’s woodworking machinery supplier of choice since 2014 when the company began its investment programme in the procurement of new machinery. Today almost all of its wood processing equipment is supplied by HOMAG UK.

Three years ago, Omega completely overhauled its manufacturing facility and replaced its outdated HOMAG edge banders, saws, drills, presses and CNC routing machines with new models. It now operates some 30 HOMAG machines utilising seven HOMAG software platforms.

Recent growth prompted Omega to invest in an additional HOMAG CENTATEQ P-110 CNC processing centre in November 2021, and a HOMAG SAWTEQ B-400 panel dividing saw in March 2022. This has allowed for more efficient cutting of melamine faced chipboard (MFC) for both doors and carcasses, increasing the company’s production capacity still further.

A long-standing and vital partnership

Commenting on Omega’s relationship with HOMAG, Alastair England, purchasing and operations director at Omega stated “HOMAG is a vital partner of Omega, and its solutions are fully integrated into the business. Over 95% of the machines in our factory are made by HOMAG. We believe that this strong partnership helps us to achieve our goals, as it ensures that we have the best possible plant list to meet our quality and future growth plans. This is all backed up with HOMAG’s top-class customer support package.”

Expanding on the selection process for the new machines England went on to say “When selecting a supplier of new equipment, good value for money, product reliability and customer service are our key drivers.

“Our projects engineer, Paul Robinson, is involved in the selection of our shop-floor machinery. He has worked for Omega since 2016 and, at his previous companies, has gained vast experience of operating many other woodworking machinery brands. 

“Over the years, Paul has developed a wealth of product expertise. Since joining Omega, he has visited the HOMAG UK Open House and German manufacturing facilities many times to further expand his knowledge. Many of our machine operatives have also attended HOMAG’s training courses in Germany. The training has been particularly useful if the new machines they are operating have more advanced manufacturing capabilities.”

Collaborative and trusted solutions

Commenting on the purchasing process Robinson said: “When investigating options for new wood processing machinery it often involves in-depth discussions with the HOMAG sales representatives. This helps us to select the best solution for our exact production requirements. HOMAG never attempts to sell us features that would be superfluous for our production needs. This makes the buying process easier as we have complete trust in the sincerity and integrity of all the team at HOMAG.”

If you would like a demonstration or more information on HOMAG’s machinery or software, please contact HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

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