More join Garnalex’s top team

Garnalex has appointed four more senior personnel.

Darrell Woodward is the Garnalex UK sales manager. Working in the aluminium extrusion industry for over 35 years, he said the response to Garnalex has been phenomenal.

“Trade extrusion enquiries are coming in fast and we have the potential to expand into so many markets that use extrusion,” he said. “It’s the most exciting investment in the industry for many years, and there’s no other facility like it in the UK. With Roger’s background, reputation and attention to detail I knew it’d be a venture too good to miss.”

Richard Munyard has joined LB Plastics, part of Garner Holdings, as injection mould consultant. With a 30-year career as managing director of S&S Plastics, Richard remained with the company when it was sold to Eurocell in 2015 and has worked with Roger on injection moulding requirements for the last 10 years.

Richard’s main priority at LB Plastics is overseeing a £750,000 tooling investment in moulding machines, robotics and tools, and co-ordinating between the Garnalex technical team and his contacts in the tooling industry. All Garnalex’s end caps and accessories will be produced in-house.

Ross Hartshorn, technical production director, began his career as an apprentice in tooling design, manufacturing and maintenance at HL Plastics. He now oversees all aspects of the Garnalex factory development from designing the layout of the new plant, the equipment, tooling and maintenance, to helping design the internal process management system GarnerSyS.

“During my time at HL, I learned that by implementing processes and keeping open communication between departments, it’s possible to improve cycle times, line speed and production productivity,” Ross said. “We’ve set up these practices at Garnalex to ensure we get longevity, easier maintenance, extended life and better quality of the dies and resulting profiles we extrude.”

Tracy Edmunds, hardware design and development engineer, joined Garnalex after a career with ERA hardware, Winlock and HL Plastics.

Tracy has been tasked with sourcing and developing a varied range of complementary hardware for the Sheerline window system.

“I’m excited that I’ve joined Garnalex at a time when the industry has caught ‘the aluminium wave’,” she said. “It’s the way forward for the industry and we’ve generated lots of interest.”