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KM Packaging Quick Off The Blocks With Senior Double Hire
KM Packaging Services, international developer and supplier of innovative food packaging solutions, has made a racing start to 2016 with the appointment of two new senior members of staff, John Shipley and Nigel Down as business development manager and technical services manager respectively.
Between them, John and Nigel bring over five decades of experience in the packaging sector to KM’s highly skilled team. Taking over responsibility for some existing UK and export customers, John will also help to grow the business internationally. John has particular experience in film and pouch conversion for FMCG markets across Northern Europe which will support KM’s ongoing growth in these sectors, especially in the development of pre-made pouches.
Nigel has joined KM’s team to provide technical support to the company’s sales team and its customers, with particular focus on new product development and applications. Previous roles have helped Nigel to hone his expertise in lidding film, retort laminates and pouches on both research and commercial sides of the fence.
KM Director Charles Smithson explained: “Both John and Nigel were attracted to KM’s extensive product portfolio and especially our reputation for a technically-focused approach to global markets, and we are delighted to add their expertise to our team. KM is constantly investing in new product innovation; John and Nigel’s significant combination of commercial experience is already impacting positively on KM’s development programme and we can’t wait to see how their input will enable us to make the most of new opportunities going forward.”
KM Packaging is constantly investing in new technologies and flexible packaging solutions. The company’s experience and commitment to rapid turnaround mean that it can meet demand for both high volume orders and also fast delivery on short-run seasonal products. For more information about the company and its vast range of flexible and reliable packaging solutions, please visit the website www.kmpackaging.com or call +44 (0)1832 274944.
Ishida has appointed Jeff Say as General Manager for Africa in addition to his existing responsibilities as General Manager for the Middle East, to support and grow the company’s presence throughout the MEA region.
Mr Say heads up Ishida’s specialist teams, based in Dubai and Johannesburg, which provide full sales, service and technical back-up for Ishida equipment and installations.
Jeff has widespread experience of the packaging industry. Prior to joining Ishida as Sales Manager, Middle East in 2012, he spent 10 years in a number of international sales roles with Longford International.
“Jeff’s promotion is a key part of our strategy to further grow our business throughout the MEA region,” comments Mike Heffernan, Core Business Sales Director.
“His experience of both Ishida and the wider machinery market has already been invaluable in the success of our Middle East operations and he will now bring the same expertise to the African countries, supporting our existing customer base, developing bespoke solutions for new installations and identifying opportunities in a number of emerging sectors of the food industry.”
Parkside Makes Two Appointments As Company Looks To Challenge New Markets
Speciality packaging manufacturer and supplier, Parkside, has expanded its European team with two new appointments.
Pete Ford has joined the company as business development manager and Vicki Rayment as finance director.
Vicki is an experienced senior financial manager who has worked with major blue chip clients for more than 20 years.
She has joined Parkside from work wear clothing company, Simon Jersey, where she held the role of operational and commercial controller before being appointed finance director.
At Parkside, Vicki is responsible for ensuring the manufacturer continues to grow in its core markets in Europe and Asia. Combining her financial skills and knowledge of the manufacturing sector, she is focused on delivering excellence to customers in line with the company’s mission and values, whilst meeting its commercial objectives.
Pete has spent more than 18 years working in the packaging and print industries and brings a wealth of experience in business, innovation and product development to Parkside. He previously worked at Discovery Flexibles where he was technical and innovations Manager.
In his new role, Pete is responsible for developing and strengthening new and existing customer relationships throughout Europe as Parkside looks to increase its share in the specialist packaging market and drive product leadership and innovation.
Commenting on the new appointments, Nick Smith, Parkside managing director, said: “Having put firm foundations for growth in place during 2015, the plan for the coming year is to build on those foundations and see more projects and orders delivered by Parkside within multiple sectors. As a result, it is important we have the people in place who have the skills and abilities to drive that plan and bring it to fruition.
“Both Pete and Vicki bring great levels of experience in their respective fields and will bring fresh perspective to our objectives.”