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Luxus And Polypipe Support The Next Plastics Generation With Apprenticeship Scheme

20th January 2016

 
Industry leading technical compounder and recycler, Luxus and its partner plastics piping manufacturer Polypipe have launched a ‘Compounding Polymer Apprenticeship’ scheme to help solve the ‘skills gap’ in the plastics industry.
 
The first group of three apprentice technicians – Callum Ely (16), James Laurence (22) from Luxus and Kamil Ostrowski (22) from Polypipe have begun the new two year multi-site apprenticeship in polymer processing. It is delivered in partnership with training provider, Solutions4Polymers and funded by Cogent.
 
The new scheme is part of the Government’s ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards’ initiative launched earlier this year. Its aim is to help develop apprenticeships in direct consultation with employers to ensure that training is directly relevant to industry needs.
 
The long standing industry partners, Luxus and Polypipe decided to be ‘early adopters’ of this initiative as there is a genuine lack of apprenticeships and training dedicated to polymer processing - particularly at the sub degree level. The new scheme will offer therefore an effective means of developing the skills of their workforce.
 
Simon Thompson, Quality Manager at Luxus, comments: “We are really pleased to offer this new scheme to our technicians. It has been widely reported that we are facing a chronic skills shortage in engineering talent in the UK, which is particularly acute in the plastics industry.
 
“This partnership with Polypipe will benefit the apprentices from both businesses. They will be able to learn about the various types of thermoplastics and their processing characteristics in our ‘state of the art’ Technical Centre right through to subsequent processes; such as injection moulding to develop the finished pipe component at Polypipe’s Horncastle plant.
 
“It will not only help ensure the availability of skilled staff in the future, but most importantly, it will provide the opportunity for us to award the progress our apprentices make too.”
 
Andy Barnard, Managing Director at Solutions4Polymers, said: “Although engineering training is well catered for, we have seen the need for industry specific plastics processing training in the market. We are therefore, pleased to help develop a scheme from scratch and are looking forward to seeing their progress over the next two years.”
 
If you are interested in a career with Luxus please visit: www.luxus.co.uk

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For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart, Straight Talk PR, tel: 07764 346 896 or email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk

Luxus Ltd        
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.

Polypipe Group Plc
Polypipe is the largest manufacturer in the United Kingdom, and among the ten largest manufacturers in Europe, of plastic pipe systems for the residential, commercial, civils and infrastructure sectors by revenue. We operate from 16 facilities in total, and with over 20,000 product lines, we manufacture the United Kingdom's widest range of plastic piping systems within our target markets. We primarily target the UK, French and Irish building and construction markets with a presence in Italy and the Middle East and sales to specific niches in the rest of the world.
Jim Ballantyne Says Goodbye To Plastics

22nd December 2015

 
Business Development Manager, Jim Ballantyne retires this week after 15 years with leading technical plastics compounder and recycler Luxus.
 
In 2001 Jim Ballantyne joined Luxus from a plastics closure business. He had always been interested in the technical side of things, understanding how things work. This new role was to allow him the scope to explore technological boundaries within a sales role like never before.
 
At the time he was well placed to help spearhead a new era for Luxus which saw the compounder accelerate from supplying entry level black grades to the development of sustainable thermoplastics (PP) to satisfy critical class ‘A’ finish auto components.
 
Jim Ballantyne explains: “We quickly moved from offering colour matched polymer compounds for low level visible interior applications to upper cabin visible interior applications.
The challenge was to convince the client that compounds with recycled polymer didn’t mean a problematic product.
 
“To help achieve this technical leap, considerable innovation and consultation with the client was required to deliver a repeatable product with appropriate tensile, impact, scratch resistance and other properties required to meet quality, plus performance standards – all this from a recycled content thermoplastic (PP), not prime.
 
“Inevitably the automaker’s requirements became more complex, challenging us to deliver increasingly technical materials as specifications quickly evolved. ‘Cost down’ of course remained important, but so too were the technical attributes of the material - we needed to constantly innovate.”
 
Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus, comments: “Jim has been instrumental in moving Luxus forward into the 21st century as a leading technical compounder. His relationship building skills across varied stake holders in the automotive arena has helped Luxus establish our reputation and credentials as a leading supplier within this challenging sector.
 
“It has been a pleasure working with Jim over the years and I have enjoyed the experience on both a professional and personnel level.  I’d like to thank him for his contribution to the company and wish him all the very best for the future.”
 
For 10 years Jim Ballantyne had sole responsibility for business development across many diverse markets until the sale team inevitably grew. Today, Luxus remains at the forefront of technical innovation with the development of the new Hycolene™ range, which features next generation additives to meet automakers stringent light-weighting and CO2 reduction requirements.
 
As for the future, Jim Ballantyne believes the greatest change to the industry now will be globalisation.  “A reducing ‘pool’ of both suppliers and manufacturers means materials specifications are now adopted on a global, not local scale. Automakers can pick up and drop production lines regardless of location.
 
“We believe therefore, the next step to stay ahead is via knowledge transfer, to offer our Hycolene™ technology to selected European compounders through license agreements for the first time. This means Luxus will be well placed to offer a truly global materials supply solution.”
 
In his retirement Jim Ballantyne will be overseeing his very own ‘grand design’, he will be project managing the development of a brand new home in the centre of Louth.

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For further information please contact: Sasha Stewart, Straight Talk PR, tel: 07764 346 896 or email: sasha@straighttalkpr.co.uk

Luxus Ltd        

UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 50 years. Luxus is a key supplier to the major names in the global auto industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims.
Luxus also offers specialist ‘closed loop’ and ‘open loop’ recycling services to manage ‘end of life’ post industrial and consumer waste for the retail transit packaging, construction and local authority wheel bin markets.
 
Rob Flynn Retires After 22 Years With Plastics Processor

Rob Flynn (65) from Louth retired this week after 22 years with Lincolnshire based technical plastics recycler and compounder Luxus Ltd.

Commenting on his time with Luxus Rob Flynn said: “It has been a pleasure working for Luxus these past 22 years and to have had the added benefit of being employed by a major manufacturer based here in my home town, Louth. I’d like to thank everyone for their support; I have always enjoyed being part of the Luxus team.”

Originally from Cumbria, Rob Flynn trained as a joiner restoring antiques furniture before he began his employment with Luxus on the 5th July 1993. He worked initially as an Extrusion Operator, which he did for 10 years before moving to the blending team to broaden his experience.

When asked to give advice to future machine operators he continued: “If you’re thinking of a career in plastics processing you need to get on with everyone, show up on time, work hard, but most importantly, be prepared to listen too.”

In recent years Rob took the decision to semi-retire so he worked instead as a Yard Operative, a role made possible thanks to the support of all his colleagues.

Luxus Managing Director, Peter Atterby, said: “Rob’s continued support has been invaluable over the years. We’d all like to wish him the very best for his retirement.”
Rob now intends to take up joinery once again, but this time for his own interest.

Luxus employs 155 staff and has a turnover of £25m based at the Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth, Lincolnshire. (www.luxus.co.uk)

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Image from left to right: Geoff Mountain, Compounding Manager, Rob Flynn, Yard Operative and Peter Atterby, Managing Director, Luxus
   

Meet the Team
Peter Atterby
Managing Director

Peter has over 40 years experience in the plastics industry, having joined Luxus as a graduate apprentice in 1970. Since that time he has gained experience in various roles across the business becoming an Executive Assistant in 1973, then at the tender age of 28 he became a Director and five years later, he had proved himself sufficiently to be promoted to the role of Managing Director. Today, Luxus has been transformed from a small plastics trading and granulation company to a leading technical compounding and recycling company with a turnover of £25m. Peter and his management team have successfully overseen the strategic direction of the company enabling it to become a key supplier in many markets, particularly the global automotive industry, revolutionising sustainable component design in the process.
Martin Ball
Sales Executive

After finishing my degree in Biology I worked Scenes of Crime for Lincolnshire Police. After having children I fancied a change and re-trained in finance. That led to a position as an advisor and broker with an American Firm in Canary Wharf. I then moved to a similar role for HSBC covering Lincolnshire & Humberside. For the last 5 years I have worked in the Plastic Industry, moving to Luxus this last year to help further develop our commercial outlets globally. Triathlon is my passion. If I can swim in it, ride on it, or run over it, then sign me up.
Ciaran Barker
Project Engineer

I have been here at Luxus since November 2014. I am relatively new to the project side but a strong background in engineering. I spend most weekends travelling all over the country watching, mechanicing and competing in motorsport events. I have a HNC in Mechanical Engineering and started my project engineer career in early 2014. Here at Luxus I am responsible for creating and implementing idea’s and projects to improve site operation and safety.
Richard Brooks
Production Scheduler

I started at Luxus in August 1997 in the Blending department and have since progressed through to the Production Schedulers role, while still maintaining overall control of the Blending department. Before coming to Luxus I had mainly been employed in the bakery business from leaving school so my first day here was a big change for me. Away from work I like to relax and my wife Sandra and I can often be found wandering round local car boot sales! Favourite food - I love spicy Chinese food, especially curries.
Terry Burton
Technical Manager

I have been the Technical Sales Manager for 6 years, but have over 36 years service in total. I completed an Apprenticeship in Store Management before moving into the plastics industry. Out of work I enjoy swimming, cycling, music and eating and my favourite place in the world is North Berwick near Edinburgh. I am married to Barbara and we have a cat called Snoopy. My biggest achievement is getting to 60! And my favourite food is chocolate.
Alex Clarke
Operations Manager

Since joining Luxus in 2010 I have worked right across the business gaining a thorough understanding of our key operations. My background was in the automotive industry where I spent most of my time as a Project Manager. I completed a BEng in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University and since being at Luxus I have part-completed an MBA at Lincoln University. Outside of the work place I keep myself equally busy, sharing my time between golf, home life, keeping fit and travelling the world wherever possible.
Sarah Coggle
Sales Office Manager

I have been at Luxus since February 2012, starting as a sales administrator and progressing to my current role, along with dabbling in a bit of marketing and PR along the way. I have been lucky enough to work with Luxus staff at various levels and from various departments which has been really useful to my development here. When I am not in the office I can often be found in my kitchen baking for my colleagues or in a nice restaurant with my husband indulging in our love of food.
Christopher Cook
Team Leader - Recycling

Nick Cook
Sales Administrator

I have been with Luxus since June 2014 in the Sales Admin role, looking after the day to day needs of our customers. I have a modern apprentiseship in Customer Service. Away from Luxus, I am a big sports fan, following football, cricket, NFL and darts (yes it is a sport!), a TV 'connoisseur' and a huge fan of the greatest soap opera in the world - WWE Wrestling. My favourite places in the world are Bourbon Street, New Orleans or Hillsborough - home of the mighty Wednesday. My greatest achievements have been winning a UK Maths Challenge Silver Award (aged 12) and being crowned School Chess Champion (aged 13).
Christel Croft
Project Manager

I joined Luxus in 2015 as a Project Manager heading up various research initiatives for the business from our new Technical Centre. I am in particular responsible for the delivery of the EU Eco-Innovation funded programme Recyclite (www.Recyclite.eu), aiming at the commercialisation of our light weight, scratch resistant, recycled content polypropylene range known as Hycolene TM. With a PhD in material Science and an MBA, I have experience in project management in both technical and commercial roles. I really enjoy the dynamism and vision of Luxus ltd. Innovation, excellence and sustainability are in the heart of our approach and they are displayed in all areas of our jobs. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family (as a taxi driver for my three sons) and I am a fan of Yoga.
Richard Crow
Team Leader - Compounding

Louise Dalley
Management/Project Accountant

Andy Field
Engineering Team Leader

Marcus Halpenny
Controller - Recycling

Sarah Hudson
Purchasing Administrator

More details to follow...
Izabela Huskiewicz
Process Engineer

I joined Luxus in November 2014. I completed my MSc degrees in Materials Engineering at Wroclaw University of Technology and Waste and Clean Technology at University of the West of Scotland where I started being interested in the waste management of plastics. Currently I am a Process Engineer at Luxus which I consider as my greatest life achievement. My favourite place in the world is Wroclaw. I do not have favourite food as I like exploring new exotic tastes. I like watching movies and listening music in my spare time. My biggest hobbies are Polish folk dancing and travelling.
Graham Jackson
IT Manager

Mick Jones
Team Leader - Recycling

Peter Laking
Maintainence/Engineering Manager

I started at Luxus in 1968 at the age of 15 and since then I have operated all forms of machine starting with the kettle on my first day! I moved on to grinding scrap, FLT driving and training and then obtained my HGV class one (which I still have). Next was engineering, repairing and installing our machines, and I even ended up at night school teaching welding and turning. I then became the Recycling Manager for 20 years and more recently became Engineering and Project Manager. Away from Luxus I have been happily married for nearly 40 years and we have two great children. My favourite place in the world is my course fishing pond, but I also keep myself busy with DIY, shooting and gardening.
Brian Lewington
Purchasing & Stores Co-Ordinator

I have been employed at Luxus since 2014. I am responsible for procuring parts to support the engineering side of the business, keeping critical parts at a level to allow the company to operating 24 hours a day. I was educated at Monks Dyke High School Louth, obtained a City In Guilds as a Motor Vehicle Technician, hold Nebosh certification in Health & safety & a CPC in National Road Haulage. I am an avid Cyclist and enjoy Ballroom Dancing with my wife Sue. Our favourite destination is Paris and we have three West Highland Terriers.
Daniel McLaren
Team Leader - Recycling

I am the production team leader on nightshift. During the week I am responsible for keeping the Recycling department running smoothly with a great team behind me. I have been working for the company now for a little over a year and started off as an operator. I quickly progressed into my current role which I enjoy very much. In my spare time I enjoy many things from fishing to spending time with my children. I have come from the automotive industry previously and hope to use my experience to help contribute to a brighter more rewarding future here at Luxus.
Sajid Mohammed
Commercial Director

More details to follow....
Geoff Mountain
Compounding Manager

Hi I'm Geoff I have 2 fantastic kids and partner called Gill (who is a saint). After leaving school I went to Riseholme Agricultural College which seemed natural as I was from a farming background, after a few years I fancied a change of direction so I join Luxus in 1998. I started as a extruder operator and have worked my way up though the company to be Production Manager for compounding. My proudest work moment was receiving the 'Employee of the Year' award at the company's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Malcolm Odlin
Purchasing Manager

I joined Luxus in 1991 following an earlier career in agricultural plant breeding with Nickerson Seeds. I have held various positions and I am now the Purchasing Manager. Away from work I enjoy being outdoors in my garden or going for long walks. I am a member of the RHS and NT. I try to keep fit, cycling to work when I can. I also have a passion for most things with an engine, in particular classic bikes, cars and tractors, as well as motor sports.
Nick Page
Finance Director

A Norfolk lad, I started my career in accountancy practice, training as an accountant with PKF in Norwich before moving into industry in 1993 as Group Financial Controller for a Company in the Food sector. I joined Luxus in 2000 as the Finance Manager before being promoted to Finance Director in 2002. Away from work, I am a life-long Norwich City supporter and avid F1 fan, and also enjoy walking with my family and our cocker spaniel.
Kevin Paine
Team Leader - Compounding

I am the weekend nightshift controller (joined Luxus in Sep 2004). I moved to Lincolnshire 12 years ago, which was a shock as I had never been North of Watford! I previously worked for 24 years with WH Smith. I am married with one daughter aged 8 and my favourite food is 'Pie and Mash ' from Chapel market London N1. My favourite place in the world is Mombasa and my least favourite is the M25. I have a passion for classic bikes and Jags.
Ian Pigot
General Production Manager

I joined Luxus in 1992 as a Lab technician. I have held several positions at Luxus and now I am the General production manager. I play guitar for relaxation. I have two pet Cocker Spaniels. My favourite food is Tandoori chicken. My favourite place in the world is Ajaccio in Corsica. My greatest achievements are marrying my wife Tina, then having my son Ben, then joining Luxus. At Luxus I am immensely proud to be involved in the development and production of the finest technical recycled plastics in the world and to work with some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Paul Roberts
Team Leader - Compounding

I have worked at luxus since 93 and have been a team leader for 9 years. I am looking forward to celebrating my 50th in May 2015 and I have been married 9 yrs this April. I have got two grown up children. I was Born in Anglesey, North Wales and attended school at Holyhead. I moved to Grimsby in 1982, but I still love to return 'home' for walks in Snowdonia and along the North Wales coastline. I enjoy weekends away with my wife and we are both members of the NT and English heritage, and enjoy cycling. walking and films. My favourite at moment is GAME OF THRONES. My favourite food is homemade curry and anything that is bad for you!
James Shaw
Team Leader - Recycling

I have been with Luxus since 2001, starting as a machine operator. My current role is Day Shift Team Leader at Recycling since 2010. Over the years, I have seen many positive changes within the company and I am proud to have been a part of it. In my personal time, I go to archery and regularly compete at archery field shoots – I sometimes even come home with medals. I also enjoy woodturning and leatherwork. My wife and I like to travel and my favourite destination that I seem to keep revisiting is Scotland!
Stephen Smith
Laboratory Manager - Weekends

Hubert Stanecki
H&S Manager

I have been at Luxus since July 2011, starting as a Team Leader. During my first two years of employment I completed IOSH and NEBOSH Health & Safety courses. In January 2014 I became Health & Safety Co-ordinator and in February 2015 I was promoted to Health & Safety Manager. I am very proud to be a part of the Management Team in one of the most successful plastic compounding companies in the UK. I am typical audiophile and I can spend hours in my listening room if only I have time for it. I like to be active so I train as much as I can to keep me fit. I love holidays and travelling. My favourite place is the Greek island, Rhodes.
Graham Stephenson
Development Technician

I have worked at Luxus now for over 25 years, in that time I have gained a great deal of knowledge in polymers and recycled processing, working in the Technical Centre for over 22 years. I enjoy my role as development technician, constantly learning still and love colourmatch challenges. My passion is motorcycle road racing and photography and have had articles and photographs published many times in the past years. I would love to go back to the Maldives one day where I spent my honeymoon, it’s just as good as it looks on TV. Hate cheese.
Danny Storr
Blending Team Leader

I have just over 20 years experience of working for Luxus in two spells and I’ve had the opportunity to spend that time in several different departments within the company. I have recently taken up my new position as Blending Team Leader and have been enjoying my new role and the responsibility that goes with it. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to show my children the wonders of Nintendo video games and Chelsea Football Club.
Christine Sykes
PA to the MD & HR Co-Ordinator

I joined Luxus in 2007 as personal assistant to Managing Director, Peter Atterby. Having a background in HR I also offer support to the management team in areas of such as employment law, employee relations, recruitment, training and development. It has been particularly rewarding to have been involved in setting up the Luxus Academy and seeing the first graduates and apprentices now in key roles within the business. In my spare time I am kept fit and active by two small grandchildren. We love to explore the great outdoors or have fun with messy play such as painting pictures and baking.
Simon Thompson
Quality Manager

After finishing University, I Started my life at Luxus as part of the Luxus Academy – An initiative set up to support and encourage people fresh out of Uni. For the first year and a half I worked in the Lab creating Recipes and performing the End of line quality checks on our compounds. I learnt a great deal in this time about the various polymers and got to understand the processes that take part in the factory. My next role was in the purchasing department where I learnt about the recycled Polymer Market as a whole, getting a firm understanding of how our suppliers operator. Both of these roles provided a firm grounding when I was asked to become Quality Coordinator and subsequently Quality Manager. What do I like to do in my spare time? Anything outdoors based, I Sail, I Scout, I live! Favourite food? I do not take bribes (Outright) but can be tempted with anything made out of Chocolate!
Gemma Webster
Logistic Manager

I joined Luxus via the Graduate Academy program in Oct 2011 after completing my BA (hons) degree in Business Management. I have been privileged to work and train across various departments such as, technical centre/ Lab, Sales, HR, production planning and purchasing & Stores to gain an in depth knowledge of the company and market sector. In January 2014 I started my full time role as Logistics Manager controlling all transport movements, storage and material flow for both raw material and finished products within the business. I look forward to the expanding future of Luxus and will continue to contribute and grow within (its nurturing arm ) it. I enjoy pina coladas and dancing in the rain! Gym, Swim.... fave place Luxus
Karen Webster
Purchase office Manager

Eeeeee it’s been nearly 10 years since I started with Luxus in September 2005 and I am responsible for the Purchasing of our Raw Material feedstock as well as Masterbatch, Additives and Fillers. Outdoorsy, I like to spend my time with our two lovely Golden Retrievers “Brinkley & Lilly” and our caravan. Good idea to avoid weekends we away with the caravan because wet weather does have a habit of following us!
Richard Whyatt
Recycling Manager

I started at Luxus Ltd in 2009 as a Production Team Leader, but quickly progressed to the Recycling Production Manager. I previously worked in the automotive industry where I gained a lot of experience in Lean Manufacturing processes and I try to implement these to continuously improve our business here at Luxus. This may also explain my love of F1 where even the smallest of improvements are key. Outside of work, my wife Fiona and I have two wonderful children and I enjoy computing, caravanning (sorry for the delays!) and BBQ cooking but I do my best to avoid any decorating or shopping trips.
Nikki Wigham
Sales Executive

Almost 20 years ago after leaving University with a degree in French and history I started working in the Sales Department at Luxus whilst I decided what I wanted to do with my life and am still here! Out of work I have a lively 9 year old minecraft obsessed son and an even livelier 2 year old black lab which keeps me busy. Of course there is always time to fit in “sophisticated” wine evenings with good friends.
Sarah Willis
Laboratory Manager

I’ve been the Laboratory Manager at Luxus for a little over 5 years now, having recently returned to the team. Having a busy job and two young sons (aged 5 and 8), there’s little spare time to be had in our house; but when I do get the chance to relax I’ll opt for a glass of wine, a bag of crisps and a good book. I’ve always resisted agreeing to pets, claiming not to have the time, but we’ve recently acquired a collection of Malawi tropical fish which need hardly any walking at all. Greatest achievement ….. not really an achievement but I was quite proud of myself when I had a small tattoo done a few years ago; I’m absolutely terrified of needles!
Mark Wrisdale
Technical Team Leader Compounding

   

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