COBA Plastics’s Workface and Manufacturing Move
Further development of a 5000 sq ft warehouse commenced at the Fleckney site followed by Phase 3 in 1994, the building of huge extension and spacious new factory which was completed in 1995. In September 1995, COBA Plastics Ltd moved its entire workforce and manufacturing operation from Kibworth to Fleckney.
There was also some excitement with the launch of the first COBA website in 1997!
Tony Cooke Retired
In October 1998, Tony Cooke retired from COBA Plastics and his eldest son Mark Cooke took over the mantle of Managing Director, with the Fred Wills as Deputy MD. Tony’s younger son, Richard Cooke, was tasked with growing export sales for COBA’s fast growing European matting business. Tony stood down saying ‘I have the utmost confidence in the team, who I know will give the best possible service while sharing my vision to become a leading world class extrusion and matting company.’
Expansion into Europe
And so to a new millennium, which got off to sad start with the passing away of company founder and Chairman, Tony Cooke in 2001. A year later, COBA also bid a sad farewell to Fred Wills who also lost a brave battle to cancer.
COBA was growing not just in the UK, but also in Europe. With an increasing number of automotive manufacturers moving their production operations to mainland Europe, especially the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 2000 COBA made the strategic decision to invest in a family owned plastics manufacturing company in Central Slovakia, trading as COBA Krasplast S.r.o. A considerable investment was made in the land, buildings and machinery.
German Office and Warehouse Opens
In 2002, COBA opened its first German warehouse and sales office for the matting division to efficiently service the requirements of mainland European customers, especially working with German industrial distributors and technical dealers. The business shared its home with a German logistics company on the outskirts of Dusseldorf.