Quentin Guedot, our new Management Accountant, breathes some continental warmth into the Graytone Finance department. Quentin, who hails from Nantes in France, has Master’s degrees in Strategic & Financial Analysis, and International Finance. His experience, gained in France and Australia, includes such diverse areas as investment banking, financial consultancy and financial strategy & planning. Quentin, who has travelled extensively and is bilingual in French and English, joins FD Nick Robins to form a dynamic new finance team for the Graytone Group.
Graytone is sad to be bidding farewell to Finance Director Tony Swayne who has retired after 29 years of service to the business. Tony has seen us through many milestones, playing an active part in the management buyout in 2000, and has led the Finance Department of Graytone now for 17 years. His contribution towards the success of the business has been considerable over his career, and we wish him a well-deserved, long and happy retirement.
Meanwhile we are delighted to welcome Nick Robins (right) to the role of Graytone Finance Director, who brings 16 years’ experience in the aerospace industry and a wealth of experience in business development and financial management. His career began as a KPMG trained Chartered Accountant and he rose quickly through the ranks, entering the aerospace industry in the late 90s as Finance Director at McKechnie Aerospace, moving to Pattonair as Executive Director for Europe in 2004. Nick’s extensive and varied experience in business will be a huge asset to the Graytone group and we are excited to have him on board.
Graytone has finally moved! Our new address is:
2 Bordon Trading Estate, Old Station Way, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 9HH, England
Telephone: 01428 648111 Fax: 01428 648059 Email: email@example.com
Graham Yates & Keith O’Dell on a visit to US aerospace coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams
PSG is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Rice as the new General Manager of PSG, following the announcement of the retirement of Keith O’Dell back in January 2016.
Graham Yates, Managing Director of Graytone: “We will be sad to see Keith depart. PSG has enjoyed steady growth and successful diversification in the MRO market under his leadership over a ten year period.”
Steve will be only the fourth PSG General Manager since the creation of the business in 1972, following in the footsteps of Tony Wood (Founder), Graham Yates, and Keith O’Dell.
Steve has many years’ experience in general management, sales management and operational IT gained within the aerospace supply chain and chemical management environment. During his career he has held many senior positions including that of Managing Director of Aeropia UK, General Manager of Haas in the US and Director of Sales for Wesco in Asia.
Steve will take up his position on 1st August and I am sure you will join me in welcoming him to PSG and wish him every success in his new role.
PSG is delighted to welcome David Kenyon-Woodruff to the Company. David will have national sales responsibility and will be working with the PSG sales team to further penetrate and build sales in the aerospace market sector. David is a highly experienced sales manager with many years’ experience in key account management and the distribution of aerospace consumables. His appointment will strengthen PSG’s position in this sector and his knowledge of chemicals, adhesives and composite consumables will prove to be of great benefit.
Pexa was proud to welcome HRH The Duke of York, accompanied by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, to declare their new premises open for business on 9 November. With help from a grant from the Leeds City Region and the ERDF Pexa was able to completely upgrade the premises in Holywell Green to an “as new” condition and to install new offices, warehouse space and a new production facility for its own line of paints and coatings for the optical industry.
Pexa was established in 2002 and has grown to be a leading and well recognised supplier to the aerospace industry and a key industrial partner for major international brands with 30% of its sales overseas. Graytone sees the move to the new facility as a platform for further growth.
The Duke of York, a well-known advocate for British business on the international stage, participated in a business meeting with Pexa and Graytone Directors. He also met the Pexa team together with customers, suppliers, representatives from trade associations and government agencies involved in Pexa’s activities.
Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa said – “the whole team was thrilled to meet His Royal Highness, he was very interested in the nuts and bolts of the operation, our people development and apprentice activity and our plans for the future. He really engaged with us and wants to make a contribution”.
His Royal Highness said “This is a ‘go get them’ firm determined to increase its market share. I hope this facility is a success and, as manufacturing gets under way, that you will come up with some clever innovations that will make you one of the companies that are absolutely needed”.
A 3 year contract has been awarded to PSG for the supply, service and support of the Gardner Aerospace sites across the UK, France, Poland and India.
During the last few months there has been a successful implementation process that involved a detailed site audit of each facility, the setting up of consignment stocks and a process review. PSG will be supplying a mix of Mapaero and PPG products together with paint shop consumables.
Dave Hughes, Director of Strategic Sourcing at Gardner, said “PSG have been able to offer a global service supporting current and future requirements of our facilities in Europe and Asia. The deal ensures cost effective pricing for Gardner and further consolidates our supply chain”
PSG Ltd are pleased to announce their appointment as distributor for Leadgo Europe SAS, the manufacturer and supplier of composite vacuum process materials for prepreg/autoclave or oven, resin infusion and wet layup moulding techniques. PSG will be marketing the extensive Leadgo product range in the UK and Ireland in markets such as aerospace, marine, wind energy, rail and automotive, and wherever composite mouldings are used.
This latest move by PSG establishes them as a key supplier of materials to the composite market. They were recently appointed as a tier one distributor for the Henkel Aerospace range of structural adhesives, followed by a distribution agreement with SciGrip (part of the IPS Corporation) – leaders in specialist adhesive solutions. The addition of the Leadgo brand gives PSG an increased product offer to customers in this highly specialised market.
Leadgo Managing Director Didier Gal remarked “These are exciting times for both Leadgo and PSG. We are delighted that we will be working with PSG and are looking forward to furthering our relationship with them”.
PSG will be showcasing their products and services at the Advanced Engineering UK Show 2015 at the NEC Birmingham on 4-5 November – booth number i171 www.advancedengineeringuk.com/composites-engineering-show
Pexa is very pleased to announce the appointment of a dedicated Technical Adviser for their business in India. Based in Bangalore, Mr P.K. Jaganathan (Jagan) has over 20 years’ experience in business promotion and technical sales of engineering equipment into industrial markets.
Pexa has identified the important aerospace market in India as an exciting place to do business. Major international partnerships especially in the Airbus and Boeing supply chains have involved Pexa’s customers in establishing new facilities in India and Pexa has enjoyed helping them to develop their surface finishing programmes. Pexa is committed to the Indian market and intend to improve their service levels and availability by creating an advisory team there.
As part of Pexa’s growth in India they have taken the lead role in a co-operative venture with two of their partner companies in the Aerochemicals alliance – Socomore and Sherwin Inc. They are launching this investment by creating a local team and they expect to build on this to create a fully functioning business in India – their new operation is located in the Bangalore area.
For more information contact Jim Rowbotham, MD of Pexa Ltd on firstname.lastname@example.org, or to contact Jagan directly please use tel no. +91 91 0802 7706 or email email@example.com
Specialist aircraft painting consultant Richard Hargreaves has moved to a front line sales role with PSG. Previously a PSG employee in the 1980s, Richard left to join aircraft paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings, before spending time at Mankiewicz and PPG Aerospace, and working with one of Europe’s leading aircraft refinishers, Air Livery. His wealth of coatings knowledge has been invaluable to us at Graytone Consulting, and will continue to benefit the whole group as he takes on northern Europe for PSG.