Although we're immensely proud of our heritage and reputation, our focus has always been on the future

Collaborating on the utilisation of new materials and processes, and playing a key role in the innovative thinking that's shaping our industry.

FUTURE-FOCUSED

Being future-focused means investing in new technologies; always being open to using our experience, expertise and collective imagination to deliver practical innovation. 

We get under the skin of the world our customers operate in to really understand the pressures they face. So when we identify an opportunity - whether it's around your products, processes or production - you can count on us being quick to bring it to you for your consideration and approval. 

In business, every incremental improvement counts. This is a driving principle for us, always delivering to our customers the material advantage that underpins their success.

Pride is at the core of everything we stand for, and we honour our long and distinguished history by delivering products and services to the very highest standards.

People

A REPUTATION BUILT ON OUR PEOPLE

Their commitment, drive and expertise are what keep us at the forefront of our industry. From both a business and an engineering perspective, their knowledge of materials, processes and possibilities allows us to determine the most practical, effective and commercially sound solutions for our customers. 

Our know-how is shaped through experience, innovation and time. It was us who created the canopy of that most iconic aircraft, World War II's Supermarine Spitfire.

Highly-skilled engineers, expert designers, innovative thinkers, business-minded developers… the perfect mix of specialists for delivering innovative solutions.

CHRIS HARMON – MANAGING DIRECTOR

CHRIS HARMON – MANAGING DIRECTOR

Bringing years of leadership experience to the business, Chris has held management positions in production, materials and sales across the manufacturing industry. Prior to joining CWP, he led high performing teams at a range of businesses, including Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Rosenberger Micro-Coax, Woven Electronics and Racal. Married with two grown up children, he enjoys keeping fit and once ran a marathon.

STEVE BRETT – HEAD OF SALES

STEVE BRETT – HEAD OF SALES

Steve has enjoyed success across every department in our company, with roles from Machine Operator to Supervisor to Technical Development Engineer to liaising with the Sales team.

He left the company in 1999 to further his career in mobile phone design and manufacturing, working for Ericsson, Sony Ericsson and Nokia. From there he worked as a Manufacturing Architect for Seagate. Steve returned to COX as Operations Director in 2015 and today is our Head of Sales.

DARREN GARNER – FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

DARREN GARNERFINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Darren is a qualified ACCA accountant who has worked in manufacturing since 2011.

Upon joining the COX team in September 2017, Darren has undertaken responsibility for our financial framework, with the goal of improving performance. Speaking of goals, in his spare time, family man Darren (a father of three) is mad about football and has been known to chance his arm (or rather his legs) in running the odd marathon or two.

MARK BENNETT – IT DIRECTOR

MARK BENNETT – IT DIRECTOR

Highly skilled, with genuine all-round expertise, Mark has been valued member of our team since the mid-1980s. He was instrumental in the introduction of the company’s CNC and CAD technologies and continues to play an active role in the machining department, overseeing the technical aspects of operations.

His vast IT and systems management experience has made Mark instrumental in integrating and enhancing our systems effectively throughout the business.

SALLY WILKIN – PA

SALLY WILKIN – PA

The sort of person who positively blossoms in the face of learning new systems and processes, Sally has been using her considerable administrative skills with the COX team for the last 10 years. Her greatest strength is remaining calm and supporting the team through busy times. Although she does make a very fine mug of tea too!

Outside of work, Sally is a keen walker and enjoys spending time with her first grandson.

LEE BURNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

LEE BURNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

After a four-year apprenticeship with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Lee made the successful switch into Sales. He has excellent technical solution selling skills and employs a hands-on practical approach to challenges.

Outside of work and family life, Lee is a competitive swimmer, competing in the Masters’ category and earning the title of Hampshire Champion in several disciplines.

ANNA ROBBINS – FINANCE ASSISTANT

ANNA ROBBINS – FINANCE ASSISTANT

Anna has been providing valuable accounting and administrative support to our Financial Controller for five years. She enjoys working with and forming close business relationships with our customers and our suppliers. Strangely, she says that she enjoys the pressure of working to tight deadlines!

Outside of work Anna loves spending time with her “totally adorable” family.

IAIN CARSTAIRS – PRODUCTION MANAGER

IAIN CARSTAIRS – PRODUCTION MANAGER

Iain joined the CNC team at the beginning of 2014 as a machinist/operator. Showing a flare for leadership, he earned his promotion to Supervisor of the Assembly Department in March 2015. Having run this area, shown continual improvement, and with his knowledge of the other operations and departments within the business, Iain was the natural choice for the role of Assistant Production Manager in August 2017. Due to his continued success within Cox, Iain has recently been promoted to the role of Production Manager.

MARTIN ACKRELL – CNC: TEAM LEADER

MARTIN ACKRELL – CNC: TEAM LEADER

Martin joined the company in early 1996 in the role of CNC machinist/operator. His obvious skills and commitment saw him become Shift Co-ordinator/Supervisor in 2000. Today, as Team Leader, Martin has responsibility across all aspects of CNC operations, and is key in ensuring that high performance standards are consistently maintained throughout the department.

SHAUN HAMILL – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

SHAUN HAMILL – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

A key member of our team for just over four years, Shaun has many years’ experience in the vacuum forming industry. One of his particular strengths is his dedication to delivering excellent customer service – conscientiously guiding and advising customers toward the solutions that are exactly right for them.

Away from the office Shaun practices martial arts. He’s a Kendo black belt and is currently working towards a black belt in the lesser known art of Iaidō.

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Just like our restless spirit of enquiry, technology never stands still. COX is a company that has always focused on the technical developments within our industry.

Technology

One example of our willingness to lead is High Pressure Forming. With the GEISS T10's incredible 44 tons of pressure, we operate the largest and most advanced machine of its kind in the UK. 

We pride ourselves on advising and assisting our customers in the development, aesthetics and design of their product; always mindful of the economic realities of the world they operate in. 

All of our tool design and manufacture occurs in-house. And our technical know-how, manufacturing capabilities and hand-finishing processes ensure our reputation for skill and expertise continues unchallenged.

From conception to completion, we work in close partnership with our customers.

Meeting their specific requirements in the spirit of enquiry and collaboration.

We work in conjunction with leading material manufacturers, examining the properties and potential of new materials 
and processes to ensure our customers benefit from the most advanced and effective solutions.

We have strong links with professional bodies, centres of excellence and leaders in the research and development. 
And we also recognise how much the hands-on skills and know-how of our own people contribute to the process. 
Wherever new ideas originate, we're open to exploring the opportunities they might offer our customers.

We act as a catalyst, refining your ideas through practical experience and expertise. From concept design specification to financing, prototyping to tooling development, trialling, support, production and aftercare - whatever challenges 
our customers face, they know they can count on us.

People, Technology, Collaboration…

Our shorthand for the perfect combination of insight and experience, state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge 
thinking, time-honoured craftsmanship and expertise. And the key to our customers enjoying a material advantage 
from partnership with COX.

A brief history of COX

1943

Wokingham Plastics established

1944

Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire canopies produced

1959

Wokingham Plastics moved to current premises

1992

£100K investment in new plant and equipment, including new GEISS CNC technology

1994

Introduction of Axis equipment – more control over more intricate designs

1999

Premises extended – Tool Room and Stores Depot

2006

Wokingham Plastics merged with Cox Thermoforming

2012

Alycidon Capital acquires Cox Wokingham Plastics

2013

3D Structured Light Scanner  – converting physical items into computer models

2013

Laser-cutting service introduced

2013

Dye sublimation printing introduced

2016

Arrival of high-pressure forming machine

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LET'S TALK

Call our Head of Sales,

Steve Brett

0118 9774861