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Transfer Your Tooling To Nordell

Are you in the process of rethinking your manufacturing partnerships, considering repatriation from overseas, or simply seeking a new home for your existing mould tooling?


At Nordell, we understand the critical importance of a seamless transition when moving your tooling and parts manufacture to a new supplier.


With a wealth of experience in managing complex moves, we offer a comprehensive solution tailored to your needs.


When you choose Nordell as your supply chain partner, you can transfer your tooling with confidence, knowing that our team will handle every aspect of the process.


From coordinating with your current supplier and managing transport logistics to meticulously assessing tool condition and optimising tool performance, we ensure a smooth transition that prioritises continuity and reliability.


Transfer Your Tooling With Confidence


Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in customers who wish to repatriate current manufacture to the UK for various reasons.


Nordell has vast experience in managing these complex moves on your behalf.


Our priority is to ensure you are never left short of parts to maintain your product builds.


We will agree on a plan and lead time for moving your current tooling with enough contingency for any unforeseen delays.


Our Tooling Transfer Process


To help ensure the seamless transfer of your tooling, our team will do the following:

  • Liaise with your current supplier to agree on a date to collect your tooling.
  • Arrange the necessary transport and any paperwork, including customs clearance, where required.
  • Help manage the lead times for delivery to our site (lead times will vary depending on the location of your tooling. Typically, the lead time for repatriating tooling from the Far East will be a couple of months, including customs clearance and some "wiggle room" built-in.)


On your tool's arrival at our Nordell site, we will:


  • Book your tooling onto our ERP system, giving your tool a unique serial number and a storage location in our tool store.
  • Open your tool in our toolroom and take a full set of photographs showing the tool's condition on arrival.
  • Complete a full, free-of-charge tool service and condition report, which we will share and discuss with you.
  • Recommend and carry out repair work if necessary (we will discuss recommendations and provide a competitive quote for approval before any repairs are undertaken).
  • Offer recommendations to improve the performance of your tool where we believe modifications could improve the quality and cost of manufacturing parts.


Once your tool is ready, we will move it to our mould shop and cycle some parts for your approval.


We will check the parts against your drawing as well as the parts' critical features and dimensions in our metrology department using our Vision non-contact Measuring Machine.


If you require a full PPAP, we can provide you with a quote for this service.

Our Tooling Capabilities

Nordell has 38 moulding machines ranging from 25tn to 380tn capability.


We have a Class 7 Cleanroom offering moulding and assembly operations.


This can be used for parts that need cleanroom manufacturing conditions or would benefit from clean air conditions.


We offer a full range of services from moulding and assembly to painting and ultrasonic welding.


By providing a full suite of manufacturing services, we can offer competitive solutions and take a lot of cost and complexity out of your supply chain - find out more about our range of services.


Why Transfer Your Tools To Nordell?


In our UK toolroom, we both manufacture and provide comprehensive servicing for your tools, following a Preventative Maintenance Schedule that ensures their continued ability to produce high-quality parts for many years.


Backed by over 50 years of collective experience in engineering polymers, our team possesses an extensive knowledge of plastics, enabling us to offer expert guidance on selecting the most suitable polymers for your specific requirements.


Our material capabilities span a broad spectrum, encompassing everything from cost-effective commodity polymers priced at just a few pounds per kilo to highly specialised materials tailored for the medical sector, valued at over £1,000 per kilo.


Moreover, our commitment to innovation extends to our offering of bioplastic solutions, where we remain at the forefront of evaluating the latest developments in materials.


While Bio-Plastics may not be universally applicable at present, our skilled Technical team is readily available to assist you in identifying the optimal solution to meet your product's performance demands.


Reach out to us today to explore how our Bio-Plastics options can help reduce the environmental footprint of your product's raw materials.


Find Out More About Transferring Your Tooling


If you would like to learn more about how our team can help assist with your tooling transfer, contact us today.


You can call 01903 235 765 or email


Alternatively, fill in the form below, and we'll reply shortly.


Transfer your tooling with confidence.

Our Robust Development Process:


Concept & Requirements

  • Discovery meeting or project/enquiry file review, for discussion to fully understand the product application and project performance, quality, timescale and budget requirements.
  • Provisional assessment of risk or variance to expectations, with brief to customer on initial observations and recommendations for approval prior to offer.

Design for Manufacture

Investigation and Development
  • Offer & Project Commercialisation.
  • Standardise materials, colours, number of parts, Inserts and build Operations.
  • Product and Design exploration with Sector cross pollination.
  • Initial FMEA & Control Plan.
  • Project Management.
  • Report & Proposals to Client.
  • Prototype and review.

Product Tooling Design & Manufacture

Tooling and Sampling
  • Design Freeze with 2D drawings & 3D files.
  • Tool Design GA customer approval.
  • Tool Manufacture.
  • Product & Tool identification standard for asset and labelling.
  • Product ERP structure, Centre selection, Bill of Materials and route standardisation.
  • Product materials procurement.
  • Production trials scheduling.

Product & Tooling Trials

  • Customer update.
  • Tooling and production trials.
  • T1 Sample submission.
  • Review, Tune & Development.
  • Tooling and Production Trials.
  • T2 Sample submission.
  • Sampling Review.

Product Part Approval

Verification and Validation
  • PPAP Product Part Approval Process.
  • First Article Inspection reports.
  • FMEA review.
  • Tooling Review.
  • Pilot production requirements.
  • Tooling Acceptance.

Product Approved

  • Transfer to commercial teams.
  • Product can be scheduled against production requirements.
  • Delivery terms reviewed (VMI, KANBAN).
  • Review.

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No matter what stage you are at in your thought process, make contact with our team today to discuss your project.
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