- Established: 1974
- Location: South Marston, Swindon, England. (70 Miles west of London)
- Staff: 12; 6 workshop, 6 office Staff profile click here
- Size of Site: 1.7 Acres Freehold
- Factory Size: +35,000 sq ft
- Offices: 1,800 sq ft
- Handling Facilities: 10 Ton Overhead travelling crane , 3 and 6 ton forklift trucks
- Engineering: Turning, milling, bending, cutting, rolling, welding
- Preparation: Purpose built soda blast cleaning and paint removal process room
- Finishing: Paint spray room
- Skills: In house electrical/electronics technician, fitter/turner, fitter/welder
- Experience: 140 man years experience of this industry
TransXL International Ltd - A brief history of over 30 years of trading...
His son Jon Napper joined him fresh from university in 1977 and slowly this family business made its way from a very low cost location.
A landmark change occurred in 1984 when the company purchased and moved to a 14,000 sq ft factory on our existing site just outside the 'boom' town of Swindon. The site was originally part of the Vickers aircraft factory, and the famous fighter aircraft, the Spitfire MK24 was assembled in the adjascent building during the 1950s. According to some of our staff, the ghost of a pilot can still be seen late at night when all is quiet!
Over the next 7 years the company continued to build its reputation as a significant supplier of quality used plastics processing equipment, specialising increasingly on the extrusion and downstream processes.
On Jack Napper's retirement in 1992, his son Jon Napper took over the majority ownership and embarked on an expansion drive. The first hand experience of the hard earned but well developed principles of his father's era was a guiding hand.
The original 14,000 sq ft factory was extended, new warehouse built, paint and spary process rooms added. A further 10,000 sq ft was rented as demand still outstripped capability.
In 2000 TransXL purchased the neighbour's building and brought the whole site into TransXL ownership and control. By coincidence this was the place that the Vickers 'Transfermix' extruder was built in the 1970s.
In 2002 TransXL redeveloped the rear off the factory to bring all the units under one roof with a linking factory. In addition, a wet process 'dirty' area was built with steam cleaning / paint removal with wet back filter and pollution trap interceptors.
In 2006, TransXL completely relaid the original factory floor, as after 22 years of intense use, the old floor was showing its age. 14,000 sq ft of concrete was hammered out, and a new high quality floor poured back in.
Continual improvement to the end of the first decade of the 20th century has been evident, in more minor, but essential items, such as lifting, handling, storing and painting. Additionally TransXL has always embraced new and emerging IT opportunities. An early adopter of mass faxing, TransXL now has a bespoke access database, fully integrating the marketing, selling, and purchasing functions of the business. TransXL continues to invest in it's infrastructure, and aims to stay amongst the most progressive and forward thinking in the machinery trading industry. All of these factors have helped turn TransXL from an 80% UK sale to 80% export based business.
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