Managing DirectorAlex and Co-Director Kien got together to form K A Tooling in 2004. While Alex is generally office-bound these days, he enjoys nothing more than getting involved in shop floor matters when needed (or allowed). Alex has over 26 years experience in toolmaking.
DirectorKien, the ‘K’ in K A Tooling, came to the UK in 1979 from Vietnam and started work in the plastic injection mould making industry in 1981. Working his way up through the ranks, Kien now has more than 30 years hands-on experience covering all aspects of the trade.
Senior Toolmaker & CAD CAM TechnicianLee has over 30 years experience in the production of mould tools, from complex high volume hardened production tools through to fast turnaround prototype aluminium tools.
”It’s the friendly atmosphere and a forward thinking attitude to investment in people and state of the art machinery that makes K A Tooling a great place to work. As a result, we produce a high volume of mould tools in lead times that I would once have thought impossible, and all without compromising on quality!”
Toolmaker & CAD CAM TechnicianDanny is a talented young Toolmaker with 10 years experience in all aspects of tool making including CAD Design, programming, setting and operating CNC machines.
“I’m working in a great environment here and consider myself very lucky. I’m working with and learning from a highly experienced team who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience.”
Senior Toolmaker & CAD CAM TechnicianRicky has been an integral part of the team from the start. He’s grown with the company, developing new skills along the way and fully deserves to be one of our senior toolmakers.
”I’ve seen the team develop and grow since we first started. We now have a dedicated team that works well together with a huge array of talent and experience between us. Personally, I feel we’re one of the leading plastic injection mould tool manufacturers in the East Midlands today.”
Tool FinisherHaving joined us as an apprentice, Scott is continuing his development as a tool finisher and is well on his way to becoming a talented toolmaker.
“Since starting at K A Tooling I know I’ve matured as a person. With the wide range of skills we have on site it’s very easy for me to pick up and learn! I started as an apprentice and with the help of the team around me I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning every day”
Tool FinisherWhen Phil joined K A Tooling he brought with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of tool making and polymer technology that was a much valued addition to the team.
“When I started out, having a digital readout on a Bridgeport was a luxury! To be asked to join this CAD CAM, all singing and dancing company, full of whizz kids was a bit daunting at first. As it happens, it’s a great company to work for and I enjoy showing the boys the ‘old school’ ways of tool making… by far the best job I’ve ever had!”
PolisherAs a highly skilled polisher Mick first started working with us years ago when he was self-employed, before we finally persuaded him to join us full time.
”I’ve worked in several tool rooms in the area over the years but was always impressed with the way they worked at K A Tooling, so I joined them full time when they moved to new premises in Coalville. I pride myself on doing a good job and I know that I’m in good company with the rest of the team here.”
Apprentice ToolmakerBen joined us straight from school as an Apprentice and is learning all aspects of the trade starting on the shop floor, developing new skills including machining, tool assembly and tool finishing.
”I’m very ambitious and keen to learn design and programming skills with a view to becoming a CAD CAM Technician in the not too distant future. I also believe the best investment the company has made recently has to be the new hot drinks vending machine, so I don’t have to make the tea any more!”