Hills Numberplates Limited Case Study

Hills Numberplates Limited is the UK’s premier manufacturer of vehicle number plates. They also lead the field in the supply of number plate components to the automotive industry. Founded in 1927, the company is a great British manufacturing success story, acknowledged as the market leader in size, technology and innovation. Operating from their headquarters in the heart of Birmingham, their manufacturing facilities boast computerised lines driven by a bespoke integrated order entry system. Their production lines have the capacity to produce up to six million plates per annum.

Maximus Handling Systems Limited was invited to submit a proposal to design, supply and install a single skin metal partition to enclose an area where a new print line was to be sited.

The project developed to include:

  • a mezzanine floor
  • under-floor suspended ceiling
  • lighting
  • fire protection
  • a pallet gate
  • a complete air extraction and dehumidifying system

Mark Osman, Operations Manager for Hills Numberplates Limited, commented,

“Our decision to use Maximus Handling Systems Limited was based on trust, honesty and integrity. We were able to leave Phil Ramsbottom to manage the project, confident that what was quoted for would be delivered.” He went on to add, “It’s refreshing to establish a business relationship with a supplier that shares our ethos and our expectations.”

The freestanding mezzanine floor measures 18.5M x 8.9M x 2.4m to the underside of the ceiling. Half-glazed, single-skin metal partitioning encloses one side and one end to form the under-floor area. Two existing walls form the other two sides.  A secondary solid metal partition hides cabling and other services. The underside of the floor supports a 600mm x 600mm suspended ceiling grid with mineral fibre ceiling tiles. Ceiling mounted lighting units illuminate the room and the air conditioning unit is incorporated into the ceiling grid. The mezzanine floor columns are fire-protected to comply with fire regulations.

A split-flight, metal staircase gives access to the upper floor area. Open edges are enclosed by a tubular handrail and a hinged safety gate allows pallets to be loaded onto the floor. The air-conditioning plant is installed on top of the mezzanine floor close to an outside wall through which the plant’s exhaust ducting exits.