Lionel Wood – Obituary


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lionel Wood, co-founder of PSG, at 92 years old.

Lionel (left) & Tony Wood – co-founders of PSG

Lionel and his brother Tony had worked as salesmen for industrial paint manufacturers Docker Brothers before going it alone in 1970 when they created Paint Services (Godalming) Ltd along with Michael Gauntlett. From humble beginnings the company enjoyed steady growth, with 80% of the business concentrated on the industrial sector. The advent of colour mixing machines in the early ‘80s revolutionised the world of industrial paints, and signalled the demise of the reseller in that sector. PSG saw an opportunity to steer the company in a different direction, and under Lionel’s guidance, the next 10 years saw PSG evolve into a fully certified supplier of aerospace and defence coatings. Today this sector represents over 90% of PSG’s business.

In his private life Lionel had many and varied interests. He was a very talented artist with a keen interest and love of the arts in general, and his passion for cricket – both as a very capable player and a devoted Lords spectator – was legendary. He enjoyed a wonderfully happy family life and had a wide circle of friends. Lionel’s gentle and infectious charm touched everyone he met – whether in business or out of it. Several long serving personnel at PSG speak of his incredibly positive influence on them when they joined the company.  Lionel made everyone feel respected and valued, and he will always be remembered as one of PSG’s founding fathers.

Pexa becomes European Distributor for Nycote


Left to right: Jim Rowbotham – Pexa MD, Marcie Simpson Nycote President, Pennie Burnham Nycote VP Sales and Market Research

Nycote has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Pexa for its high-technology surface coatings with the objective of enhancing safety and reducing maintenance costs for major aerospace providers around the globe

Nycote is a global leader in advanced coating technologies that increase asset lifespan, reduce maintenance costs and ensure safety for aircraft manufacturers. Their coatings are approved by major OEMs such as Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer and are REACH compliant. Nycote is the only provider to combine the strength and flexibility of nylon with the hardness of epoxy, creating a clear, lightweight barrier that prevents corrosion and conductivity. Its one-coat, anti-corrosion products can be applied on an array of surfaces and can also be custom tinted.

This agreement with Pexa offers unrivalled expertise in the marketing, delivery and technical support of specialtiy surface coatings. As a result, Nycote can expand its market coverage and provide European customers with technical support and stock availability. Pexa’s field sales team are trained and qualified in the application of surface coatings providing technical advice and support to customers throughout Europe.

Nycote’s President, Marcie Simpson, said, “My aim is to offer our customers quality products and unrivalled customer service. Thanks to Pexa’s experience in high-performance coatings for the aerospace sector they can offer our customers the level of service and technical support they expect from Nycote. As always, Nycote continues to stand behind its products as this exciting partnership unfolds.”

Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director of Pexa added, “We have always had great respect for Nycote’s products. We have worked with Nycote in the Aerochemicals Alliance for several years, and when the time was right for Nycote to expand its business in Europe, we already had a great working relationship, which made partnering with Pexa an obvious choice.”


PSG invests in Top Talent


It’s all change at PSG, with two industry high flyers taking key roles to drive the future growth of the organisation.  Robert Waddell is taking the reins as General Manager and Chris Mellings as Head of Composites.

For Robert, whose unparalleled sales experience in our industry has spanned almost 30 years and several continents, he is essentially “coming home”. Back in 1990 he joined PSG as a Sales Executive, honing his considerable skills and gathering invaluable sector experience over the next 11 years. He joined Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings where his career went from strength to strength – moving with his family to Thailand as Technical Sales Director with responsibility for Asia Pacific. With a spell at PSG key customers Air Livery and IAC, Robert has gathered an in-depth understanding of the selling process from both sides, and will, we know, channel his considerable talents in taking PSG to new heights.

Meanwhile we are delighted to welcome Chris Mellings to PSG – an exceptional sales and marketing professional with broad experience in both the composites and adhesives sectors of the aerospace and automotive markets. Chris has gathered his comprehensive knowledge and experience in senior marketing and sales roles at market leaders including Huntsman, Aero Consultants, Trelleborg and Gurit. His extensive understanding of this fast moving area will be invaluable to PSG as it continues to develop an ever growing presence in the world of aerospace composites.


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.


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