Seats you, sir! Olympic glory for plastics firm

A LUTON company can take a well-earned rest – in one of the thousands of black and white spectator seats it made for the new Olympic Stadium.

Plastics injection moulder Certwood, in Laporte Way, is one of 240 UK firms to have helped complete the construction of the Olympic Stadium ahead of schedule and under budget.

Last week International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and former Olympian Frankie Fredericks, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt and London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Seb Coe laid the last piece of turf on the stadium, marking the completion of construction of the venue.

Construction started on the Olympic Stadium just under three years ago in May 2008. The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year by LOCOG.

Mr Armitt said: “Companies of all sizes from across the UK have worked together to complete a complicated project in less than three years and it is testament to the skill and professionalism of the UK construction industry.”

The elliptical Olympic Stadium will seat 80,000 people for the opening and closing ceremonies of next summer’s games.

Certwood was formed in June 1986 and its moulding operations began with two second-hand moulding machines in a factory of just 4,500 sq-ft. Today its operation has grown to 19 moulding machines ranging from 60 tons up to 900 tons including Robot product handling. Ongoing investment in new moulding machines to date exceeds £4 million.

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