As we approach the festive break – and the opportunity for a well-earned rest – it is the perfect time to reflect on what has been a fantastic year for Ogle.
After an extended period when we were facing the various challenges of COVID-19, war in Europe and Brexit, 2022 has been a time for consolidation and growth. And we are coming to the end of the year with the business stronger than ever.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing, with issues around material availability and shipping logistics. But overall, we can look back on 2022 as being a stand-out year.
As a company that likes to lead from the front, we are always looking at ways to improve and grow. This year we welcomed another SLA 3D printer into the Ogle family. The Stratasys Neo®450s is a market-leading machine and the ideal addition to our line-up.
It has increased capacity and allowed us to deliver to the tight deadlines demanded by our customers. It also ensures the quality we produce remains the highest in the market.
We are proud of the fact we have invested around £2m in new equipment over the past three years. And we will continue to do so as we move into 2023 to guarantee that the projects we deliver remain at the highest standards possible.
When it comes to investment, we aren’t just talking about the technology that keeps us successful in our sector. Without the talent of the team that operate the machines and use their industrial modelmaking to perfect our models, we wouldn’t be half as effective as we are.
Our people are the heart and soul of Ogle and their attention to detail is second to none.
As we have become busier this past year, we have brought in three new members of the team, who have brought their individual skills and talents to Ogle.
Working with us is like no other job and we love to see the pride everyone has in what they do. Our people are the beating heart of Ogle. Which is why we are creating a programme to support the next generation of model-makers.
Where do we start? There has been an incredible variety of projects during the year and it’s really difficult to choose our favourites. Creating an intricate and detailed model of a Royal Navy vessel for ATLAS ELEKTRONIK was definitely a high point. Keeping the necessary level of detail in a small model was challenging, but the results were fantastic.
The environmentally friendly Airo that we produced for Heatherwick Studio was another popular model where we had the perfect chance to demonstrate our flexibility and ability to react to requested changes.
But for us, the scale model of the Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept car was the stand-out project of 2022 for many reasons. Working with the Japanese car giants is always something we enjoy after previously working on Qashqai and Juke models.
On this occasion they wanted a one-third scale model of the Ariya to keep on display in their UK Design Centre. It was quite a complex build, but the finished result was outstanding and we received really good feedback.
We don’t rest on our laurels, though; 2023 is a new year, and one we intend to fully embrace as we continue to realise the potential of our growing business. We will maintain our high standards; we will invest in the right areas; and we will continue to be a market leader.