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Our history

Formech celebrates 40 years of designing and manufacturing vacuum forming machines

We are continually inspired by the passion and creativity of our customers, who have greatly influenced the continual development of Formech vacuum forming machines and ancillaries. With over four decades of experience in delivering complete solutions including consultancy, equipment, installation and training throughout the globe, Formech can offer unparalleled machine customisation and support to realise new designs and concepts.


UK customers

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1982

Formech is founded

Formech was formed by a group of toy designers to address the need for an economical, versatile and compact vacuum forming machine, capable of producing high quality mouldings from low cost tooling.

1984

Enhancement of machines' range

Formech launches the 450 and 660 machines, providing larger forming areas and improved depth of draw to achieve high definition mouldings accross a wider range of applications. Formech 508FS and 686 represent the latest developments of these internationally successfull machines.

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1985

Welcome to the US

Hot on the heels of a fantastic market response to Formech machines at the NPE show 1985, Formech enters the US market and establishes Formech USA.

1986

Pillar in the Education sector

Plastics processing in Design & Technology introduced into the UK National Curriculum, leading to wide adoption of the purpose built Formech 300X throughout the UK education sector. Formech 300X, first replaced with the 300XQ is now represented by the 450DT model.

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1990

Formech goes Worldwide

Formech rapidly expands international operations and machines sales, appointing the first resellers in France and Italy. From then on, the reseller network expanded worldwide.

1998

Beginning of touch-screen PLC

Formech increases presence in the industrial sector with the launch of the touch-screen controlled Formech FDH Series (now replaced with the HD Series) for large scale, high definition applications.

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2000

Pack it with Formech

Formech enters the packaging sector with the launch of the TF Series, aimed for small to medium production of thin gauge materials. With a quick and easy set-up, the TF offers additional throughput to inline production.

2010

Quartz heaters arrive at Formech

Quartz heaters implemented across the standard range of Formech machines with ceramic heaters available for specialist applications.

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2012

Always making improvements

Formech launches the new 300XQ, the lastest evolution in the 300 Series featuring Quartz heaters, firmly establishing itself as the most powerful and energy efficient machine in its class. Formech 300XQ has now been replaced with the 450DT model which comes with a mono HMI operating interface .

2013

Formech Cycle View (FCV)

Formech revamps the PLC controls and touch screen HMI, introducing high resolution graphics, that allow users to easily navigate the machine functions in a clear and logical way.

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2014

Vacuum it with Formech

Formech’s automatic HD & TF series earned an international reputation for cost effective and reliable vacuum forming across a wide range of prototyping, testing and production applications. Appreciated for ease of use, efficiency and compact footprint Formech’s HD Series is easy to accommodate and quick to commission.

2023

Four decades, still going strong

40 years after its creation, Formech has a global network of direct offices and qualified partners around the World providing expert advice, local installation and support. Formech machines continue to be designed and built in the UK and exported worldwide.

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