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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: info@graytone.co.uk

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.


Pexa’s New Facility Gains Royal Approval


HRH 1Pexa 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.

ThHRH 2e 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”.

HRH 3His 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”.

Gardner awards PSG an exclusive global supplier agreement


PrintA 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 – serious about composites


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 goes East


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 jim.rowbotham@pexa.com, or to contact Jagan directly please use tel no. +91 91 0802 7706 or email jaganathan.pk@pexa.com

Richard Hargreaves – “coming home” to PSG


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.

PSG appointed UK distributor for global adhesives supplier SCIGRIP


We are delighted to announce that PSG is now UK distributor for SCIGRIP – world renowned supplier of smart adhesive solutions with manufacturing bases in both the USA and Europe. The partnership will be officially launched at Composites Engineering 2014 which takes place at the NEC Birmingham 11-12 November.

SCIGRIP Smarter Adhesive Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of IPS Corporation, a dedicated, successful adhesives manufacturer for over 65 years. This depth of experience has resulted in an organisation that is consistently creating new adhesive chemistries and bonding solutions for a huge range of substrates in a variety of markets. With the recent acquisition of Holdtite Adhesives, SCIGRIP has also added anaerobic, cyanoacrylate and UV cure adhesives to its portfolio of high quality products.

PSG is proud to join the network of distributors bringing SCIGRIP’s worldclass technology to their customer base.

Mark Rogan, SCIGRIP’s European Sales and Marketing Manager, remarks “We have provided PSG with full technical training allowing them to learn more about SCIGRIP’s complete portfolio of products. We look forward to working together to supply our adhesives across a broad range of composite, industrial and transport applications”.

Join PSG at Composites Engineering 2014 on stand H195 in Hall 5 of the NEC, or call +44 (0)1428 651246 or visit www.paintservices.com


Pexa expands into Spain and goes .com


Pexa, The UK’s leading distributor of aerospace surface coatings and high tech materials is continuing its expansion into international markets with the opening of new premises in Spain.

Established in 2002, with UK offices based near Halifax, West Yorkshire, Pexa has expanded exponentially and now turns over in excess of £8m. Pexa created its first base in Europe in 2005 when it launched its French operation.

Spain was on the horizon, being one of Europe’s most important aerospace economies and one of Airbus’ home manufacturing markets. Growth in the aerospace industry, particularly in production of commercial aircraft is forecast to increase by 25% by 2023* and to support the subsequent demand for associated products, dedicated facilities in Spain became a high priority.

The new Spanish office has not only created new employment, but the forecast uplift in sales has also increased employment opportunities at its UK headquarters.

Arantxa Sanchez de Rivera has been appointed as its Sales Executive for Spain based in Madrid but working from Pexa’s business address in Barcelona. She will be supported by Pexa’s multi-lingual customer services team in the UK. Arantxa will be responsible for business development throughout Spain. Arantxa has worked for Boeing in Spain for the last 3 years and brings significant experience of the aerospace industry.

With dedicated facilities in the UK, France and now Spain, Pexa is positioned to not only expand further into Europe, but to enhance its excellent customer service from ground level across its entire international operations.

Arantxa said “I am very pleased to be joining Pexa at such an exciting time in the company’s development. I can’t wait to meet Pexa’s customers throughout Spain and to see how we can help them to accomplish their objectives”.

Jim Rowbotham, Pexa MD commented, “we are really looking forward to building relationships with our customers in Spain, we have exported to Spain for several years but setting up our own operation there will offer our customers an excellent service and we are sure they will respond to that by choosing Pexa for their surface technology products. We are the acknowledged experts in paints and related surface coatings and we know that we can offer an unrivalled level of service and support. That is why major brands like AkzoNobel choose Pexa as their preferred distribution partner”.”

In line with Pexa’s international growth, the use of country specific domains has become ever more complicated. Therefore Pexa has now acquired the global domain www.pexa.com providing a unified and simple international address for all of its online communications.

 *Source Deloitte



Pexa is a supplier of high technology materials to the energy, aerospace, defence and electronics industries. We are trusted partners of brand leading industrial product manufacturers; we employ progressive supply chain systems to deliver our promises. Our mission is to assist our customers to meet their own business objectives using our products and services; these products include surface finishing materials, aircraft maintenance products, application equipment and unique packaging solutions.



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