Innovative. Collaborative. Forward Thinking.

This has been our core ethos since our founders Freddy Bourdais and Mark Rigg set up the company in 2002.  Twenty years on and we have grown year on year, building up a prominent reputation across the sector on a global scale.

We are a regionally rooted business operating on a national and international scale and as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are delighted with our post-pandemic growth which saw turnover double in the last two years despite a pandemic. This has been accompanied by staff expansion, bringing the workforce to 22, new site acquisition, increasing our square foot to 45,000 and investment in key logistics.

The main output at PMN is the production of vacuum formed plastic parts, which sees us supply high quality and often very intricate moulded parts to an array of industries. As vacuum forming specialists we have over 150 years combined experience in the field and our experience in this area continues to drive the company forward.

The process of vacuum formed plastics requires extensive experience and expertise to achieve high quality results.  We supply clients nationwide and internationally with recent client contracts established to Australia and New Zealand. Our vacuum formed plastic product range is immense, our largest moulding capacity is 3 ½  x 1 ½  metre and a 5 axis trimming capacity of 4 x 2 metre. Our capabilities are highly innovative, supplying to the automotive industry, defence, aeronautical, medical, precision engineering and food industry.

Collaboration and innovation have been at the forefront of our expansive growth trajectory with strong investment in building long-standing working relationships. Over the years our wealth of knowledge and prominent reputation has seen the company work with London Underground, McLaren, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, JCB and BAE Systems.

Plastic Mouldings Northern Ltd in Bishop Auckland Picture DAVID WOOD

Freddy Bourdais, Co-Founder and Sales Director, Plastic Mouldings Northern Ltd said:

We are committed to bringing investment, growth and creating sustainable jobs to support the local economy and we are delighted with the direction of the company in the last 20 years.  

Collaboration and innovation has been key to our growth. We heavily invest in building relationships with our customer base and have built up many strong connections over the years. We very much look forward to embracing the next stage of expansion at PMN.”

Efficiency of service is another key aspect which has contributed to strong growth here. We have an established sales team operating across the UK, meaning we are able to offer a quick service and response times to customer enquiries thereby building in-person connections and relationships further.

Diversification is also another key mechanism of growth, we are now the only stockist of new plastic containers and plastic pallet boxes in the North East and the largest dealer of reconditioned plastic pallets in the UK.

We also partner with the French firm, JOUPLAST® and hold the exclusive contract to distribute their adjustable risers (which ensure decking and paving slabs sit evenly) across the UK and Ireland. The products which recently featured on BBC DIY SOS are stocked by Homebase, Wickes, and Amazon, with turnover in this part of the company alone hitting over £1m last year.

Freddy added:

“JOUPLAST® is very successful in France, and it makes it much easier to lay decking and paving level. We are delighted to hold the exclusive distribution rights across the UK and Ireland, and the response to the product line has been phenomenal. The clear ambition is to make JOUPLAST® the ‘go to’ brand for all types of decking and paving solutions here in the UK as it is in France.”

With the continuous and strong growth trajectory at PMN, the senior management team has seen recent expansion with the appointment of General Manager (GM), Katharine Elton. The new GM brings with her over 16 years’ experience in the industry following her recent role at Bridgewood UK.

Katharine Elton, General Manager, Plastic Mouldings Northern Ltd said:

“There are so many plans for further growth, investment and expansion in the pipeline and it’s an exciting time to join such an established company.

The team have a very strong reputation in the field and with two very experienced directors at the helm it’s great to be part of such a successful business model.”


If you are looking for vacuum forming for an existing or upcoming project and need some advice give our team a call on 01388 777 700 or email us on

Read more about the Finished Parts we produce here.

You can find out more about some of the products we have vacuum formed here and here.

You can read an article on all the different plastics used in vacuum forming here.

You can read an article on ‘How To Vacuum Form’ here

For full information and technical details on the Jouplast® range please visit the Jouplast Website.

You can watch handy videos explaining the Jouplast® products here.

You can see the full range of products we offer here.

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