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Our History

Our journey

Parafix has been established for over 40 years and during this time we’ve seen and been part of the exciting advances in adhesive tape technology. As a result of this we’ve seen some exciting changes ourselves; we’ve shared some of our highlights below.

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1969

1969

Parafix Ltd was founded by Mr John Shipley, in Sussex in the south of England. It quickly became 3M’s preferred distributor of Industrial Tape and Adhesive products in that area. At that time, adhesive tape technology was in its infancy and the products were, generally, quite basic.

1972

1972

As adhesive fixings started to become acceptable, Parafix Tapes and Conversions was formed to meet the growing demand for bespoke custom adhesive tape. Starting from a single unit in Meadow Road, Worthing, more and more machinery and space were soon needed and the modest premises soon became too small. Over the next few years, new units were taken on in the same area.

1973

1973

Parafix was appointed Sussex Authorised Distributor for 3M, manufacturer of speciality tape, film and foil materials.

About 3M

1977

Colin Wills (now a Director) joined from 3M as the Office Manager.

1984

Parafix outgrew their fragmented units in Worthing and moved to the Business Park where the site was enlarged and improved throughout the 80s and 90s.

1985

Parafix passes £1 million turnover for the first time.

1989

1989

A QA Engineer is appointed, underlining the importance Parafix places on quality assurance.

In this year, Parafix was also appointed Preferred Converter for Rogers Corporation, manufacturer of high performance foam materials.

Rogers Corporation

1991

1991

BS5750 accreditation was achieved, the predecessor of our current ISO9001 Quality Management accreditation.

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1995

1995

Parafix is appointed Preferred Converter for 3M.

1996

1996

Parafix acquire Scapa Select Distributor ‘Adhesive Tapes & Conversions Ltd’, growing the manufacturing facility and product range.

1997

Parafix are accredited ISO 13488, for the production of medical devices.

 

Accreditations

2001

2001

Parafix expands outside of the UK.  With the rapid expansion of manufacturing in Eastern Europe, Parafix saw an opportunity for growth and opened a manufacturing plant in Budapest. Parafix Hungária Kft has become an important component supplier to manufacturers now basing their production in the region.

2002

John Shipley vacated the Managing Director’s desk and became Chairman. Michael Punter joined as the new Managing Director.

Also in this year, Parafix acquire Thames Adhesives & Tapes Ltd further penetrating the specialist electrical market and expanding the product range.

 

2004

2004

Parafix are accredited ISO 13485:2003 Medical Devices Quality Management Systems. Upgraded from 13488 to now include design of medical devices.

Accreditations

2005

2005

John Shipley retires and a Management buyout by Mike Punter and Colin Wills follows. This allows the company to carry on with the same ethos, giving continuity to staff and business partners.

Also in this year, clean room manufacturing began to meet the demand for controlled production environments from industries such as healthcare, automotive and electronics. The class 7 clean room is classified to BS EN ISO 14644-1 standards.

Later in the year, Parafix became proud sponsors of Sussex County Cricket.

Pictured right are UK employees of this year.

2006

2006

Parafix become resellers of AccuPlace automated assembly equipment. 

Also in this year, Parafix were Finalists in the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the Sussex Business Awards.

2007

2007

Parafix are awarded ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and the ‘Learning Pays’ award at the Sussex Business Awards.

2008

2008

Parafix become an official converter and distributor of Laird Technologies’ EMI and Thermal product range. This partnership allows customers to leverage the technology and products of Laird Technologies with the specialist supply solutions of Parafix.

Also in this year, Parafix are Finalists in the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the South East Business Awards.

Laird

2009

2009

Parafix extend its range of capabilities by installing Accuplace Apac pick and place machinery. This offers customers the extra facility of having self-adhesive die-cuts accurately applied to their components, saving them assembly time.

Automation solutions

2010

2010

Parafix are upgraded to ‘3M Transnational Preferred Converter’ one of only 12 in the world.

Also this year, over 30 staff are qualified to NVQ levels 2, 3 or 4 as a result of investment in training during the recession (pictured right, at the Amex Stadium). 

Parafix were also awarded the title of ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Worthing Business Awards, which was a reflection of the financial performance during the recession of 2009 where investments and the above mentioned training saw Parafix emerge as a stronger company.

 

2011

2011

A triple success for Parafix in 2011 saw us being highly commended in the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the Adur & Worthing Business Awards, we were awarded the title of ‘Company of the Year’ at the Sussex Business Awards and were also awarded the title of ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Southern Business Awards.

Parafix also became proud football sponsors of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.

2012

2012

Parafix Tapes & Conversions Ltd celebrates its 40th birthday. Customers were invited to join in the celebrations with the opportunity to win a present!

2013

2013

Parafix are accredited an SC21 Bronze Award, a programme which aims to transform aerospace and defence supply chains. The award allows us to offer solutions to a wider range of companies in Aerospace, Defence & Security. 

Converting capability is extended through major investment in machinery and clean room expansion.

2014

2014

Parafix UK become FDA registered due to demand from and growth in their healthcare markets. 

Parafix Hungária see huge investment in the expansion of their manufacturing facility and converting capabilities. Pictured right is Managing Director Mike Punter with Budapest’s Mayor of District 11. View the photos of our opening events here.

Parafix were also Finalists in the ‘International Business of the Year’ category at the Sussex Business Awards.

2015

2015

Parafix become a Preferred Converter for Porex Corporation, manufacturer of market leading porous materials. Their range of products will complement our extensive assortment of adhesive materials and meet the filtration and venting needs of our healthcare, automotive and electronics customers. 

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