PSG secures longterm agreement with Gardner Aerospace


Gardner & PSG celebrate the signing of their new agreement at Farnborough

PSG is pleased to announce that they have now signed a new three-year agreement with Gardner Aerospace. This agreement continues to build on their already very successful relationship with Gardner and will see PSG enter new territories partnering Gardner on their very aggressive growth plan.

Graham Yates, Graytone Managing Director: “We are delighted that Gardner Aerospace have renewed their supply agreement with PSG for coatings and consumables, confirming their confidence in the service that PSG provides. PSG is very much looking forward to delivering on their commitment and supporting Gardner’s current and future requirements across the various Gardner sites in Europe and Asia.”

Sadiya Ansar, Head of Strategic Sourcing at Gardner Group: “We are pleased to renew with PSG and extend our longstanding relationship. This was an easy decision for Gardner as PSG have been an excellent service provider during the past years, playing a key part with development of facilities in Poland and India. We are excited that PSG can continue to offer their services across the globe supporting our growth strategy”

With work underway on building a new business in India, PSG can continue to support Gardner’s new facility there and their expansion into a new 500,000 sq ft purpose-built manufacturing facility in China.

PSG – Krempel update!


Last September we told you that Paint Services Group Limited (PSG) was proud to announce that they had entered into a distribution agreement with Krempel to distribute Krempel’s range of industry leading tooling prepregs to the aerospace sector. Today we can reveal that PSG has extended their distribution of Krempel products to include all potential customers in all markets in France. This extension is made possible through the very close working relationship between the two companies.

As a family-owned company, the KREMPEL-GROUP is an independent producer of high quality semi- finished products and a leading global systems supplier modern materials. The group enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide and is among the global market leaders in many areas with its electric insulations, solar materials, composite materials, electronic materials and special laminates. Approximately 1,200 employees work in its production sites in Germany, England, Poland, Brazil and China.

Under the agreement, PSG has responsibility for the stocking and sales of Krempel’s tooling prepregs to aerospace tooling manufacturers throughout the UK, and is a significant addition to PSG’s composites product offering. It fits nicely alongside their other products used throughout the composites manufacturing process and continues to allow them to build on their excellent reputation for technical support and customer service.

For further information please contact Mark Fripp, PSG’s Composites Technical Sales Support Manager at

A Hat Trick of Approval & Accreditations for Pexa


Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface coatings to the Aerospace and high-tech industries has been certified for many years to EN 9120 and ISO 9001. Now they are very pleased to add the specialist Quality Management Systems for Aviation, Space and Defense Organisations certification Pr EN 9100 2016 (AS9100D:2016)

Pexa has grown and invested in its in-house production with tint lines for aerospace coatings and a manufacturing plant for specialist coatings for the optics markets. A redesign of its internal processes was implemented ensuring that they conform with this latest version of the important aerospace quality approval standard.

Dale Corns, Pexa’s Quality and Operations Manager said “We worked with our long standing external quality consultant Phil Warrington to redesign our process maps and produced new flow and turtle diagrams for our business-critical processes. We also rewrote our Business Management System and incorporated new tiers of quality documentation to cover key processes and forms. Our accreditation provider EQA visited us at the end of 2017 for our triennial audit and added the Pr EN 9100 requirements. We are very pleased and proud to be awarded this new standard which sits alongside our EN 9120:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 accreditations.”

He continued “This is only the start of the process, as our continuous improvement group is now working on new procedures with new graphics for all our regular processes and we hope to have that whole package in place by the time of our first renewal audit which will be carried out in 2018 for the three accreditations (9100, 9120, 9001).”

Pictured Jim Rowbotham (Managing Director), Phil Warrington and Dale Corns (Quality and Operations Manager), and with the new approval certificates.

Press Release from the Northwest Aerospace Alliance



There are currently sales opportunities within the Graytone Group – interested parties please contact Graham Yates via email:

PSG signs distribution agreement with Gurit


Graytone is delighted to announce that PSG has entered into a distribution agreement with Gurit ( to distribute Gurit’s range of industry leading aerospace prepregs.

With over 30 years’ experience in the practical application of composites across various market sectors, combined with an impressive portfolio of materials and a unique technical approach, Gurit offers the most complete composite solution on the market.

One of Gurit’s primary product categories for the aerospace sector is prepreg, which is an engineered material combining fibres and resin matrices in an easy-to-apply material. These aerospace-qualified materials are highly suitable for many interior and structural applications, demonstrating a unique combination of properties combining excellent mechanical performance and the fulfilment of the highest international JAR/FAR fire protection regulations regarding fire, smoke, toxicity (FST) and heat release.

Graytone’s Business Development Director, John Keating, has been working closely with Gurit on the agreement, resulting in PSG assuming responsibility for the supply chain of Gurit’s prepregs to a number of customers throughout Europe. As a first step, PSG will be contacting these customers to identify their ongoing requirements for PSG to establish a stockholding of Gurit’s products at its UK base. This will enable the immediate shipment of a range of Gurit’s materials anywhere in Europe, significantly  reducing lead-times and improving service to Gurit’s customer base.

Steve Rice, PSG’s General Manager said “This is a significant step forward for PSG that allows us to build on our excellent reputation for technical support and customer service and we’re very excited to be working with Gurit, a company with an excellent product range and great reputation”.

For further information please contact Mark Fripp, PSG’s Composites Technical Sales Support Manager

Graytone is focused on business development across the Group, identifying potential partners within our area of expertise, to expand the range of products and services offered to our valued customers.


Bienvenue Quentin!


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.

A sad farewell and a warm hello


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.


We have moved…


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:

New GM for PSG

Graham Yates & Keith O'Dell on a visit to US aerospace coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams

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 welcomes new Business Development Manager


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.


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