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Terry Burton Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary With Luxus

Terry Burton celebrated a fantastic 40 years’ service with Lincolnshire based technical plastics compounder Luxus this month.
 
He joined Luxus in 1979, that same year Blondie’s single ‘Heart of Glass’ topped the charts and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published, it was also the year that he met his future wife.
 
Having joined Luxus as an Extrusion Operator, he is now a Technical Manager, a crucial role that requires him to lead the polymer development team, working at the forefront of sustainable thermoplastics innovation.
 
In 1979, things were very different, Terry explains: “As an Extrusion Operator it was my job to ensure the smooth running of a small strand line extruder. I was responsible for the entire process from extruding the polymer to checking it for quality control purposes - it was very ‘hands-on’ then.
 
“The work culture was great however, as everyone knew each other by name and there was a real family-like atmosphere, since there were just 20 staff. But things can’t stay the same, Luxus currently employs 160 staff at the plant on the Fairfield Industrial Estate here in Louth, but we still share those same company values.”
 
In those early days, R&D was critical to the company’s success as it is today, in 1982 ahead of the market Luxus developed its first technical ‘hub’ for materials development, testing and analysis and Terry gained a lab technician role.
 
Terry continues: “I oversaw all polymer preparation and testing, which meant keeping test batches running throughout the night. As the business grew we quickly needed to recruit staff to help manage the night shift and to enable us to expand into weekends, it was the beginning of our dedicated technical team.”
 
Then by the early 1990s, the technical operation became critical as Luxus needed to satisfy nationally recognised quality standards, since it was now being audited by major automakers as it was one of the first UK compounders to engineer polypropylene for under bonnet parts.
 
After managing the lab for eight years Terry was promoted to General Manager where he was responsible for both the factory and the technical team for over a decade. Then later in 2008 these functions were split due to company growth. Developing new products was now a priority and since Terry had always been passionate about making things, he was promoted to Technical Manager.
 
The lab ensured product consistency and performance of all prime and recycled feedstocks by undertaking stringent testing and quality control procedures. In recent years, investment in new specialist machinery including FTIR spectroscopy meant that the business had outgrown its facilities.
Then in 2012, Luxus responded by investing in a new purpose built Technical Centre, this unique facility for a UK plastics compounder allowed its technicians to deliver exceptional, repeatable quality across every batch of polymer it produces for environmentally critical applications.
 
Terry, continues: “I have one of the best roles in the business, with new products always comes fresh challenges, as we are increasingly using interesting and novel additives to support demands for enhanced scratch resistance and light-weighting to help stretch the boundaries in sustainable plastics technology.
 
“While rapid change in the auto industry is also helping to drive our materials development like never before. Increasingly electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving and car sharing are all going to impact on what we demand from high performance materials in the future.”
 
Luxus managing director, Peter Atterby, comments: “Throughout his 40 year career Terry has been essential to our success, enabling us to transform from a burgeoning recycler to a £25m turnover technical innovator. As we continue to meet challenges, he is now sharing his expertise with a new generation of apprentices to develop materials that our customers will demand tomorrow.”
 
At his celebratory lunch Terry was presented with a 40 year old vintage Port. The gift was chosen as Terry is better known by his colleagues as ‘Top Shelf Terry’ as he has a taste for quality spirits.
 
If you’re interested in a career with Luxus find us on facebook @Luxus.Limited for the latest vacancies.
 
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Luxus Gains EuCertPlast Accreditation For Good Practice

4th June 2019

Technical knowledge based plastics compounder and recycler Luxus has received accreditation from EuCertPlast www.eucertplast.eu, the European wide scheme that provides a common standard for post-consumer plastics recycling.

EuCertPlast certification works to the European standard EN 15343: 2007 and accesses both the practice and quality of output from audited recyclers. The scheme aims to encourage environmentally friendly plastics recycling process by standardising it.

Prior to its implementation, the plastics market was very fragmented with each individual European collector association following their own rules, so there was no common standard for recyclers to follow.

This certification not only seeks to increase the transparency of the European plastics industry by integrating these varying auditing schemes into one common standard, but it also aims to determine the best recycling and trading practices too.

The overall goals of the scheme include: - an increase in recycling rates; the development of new innovative applications for recyclates; increased transparency and the fulfilment of REACH requirements for recyclers.

Simon Thompson, quality manager, Luxus, explains: “This scheme recognises recyclers such as ourselves for operating to the highest standards and implementing best practices. But it also gives our customers the confidence that when specifying recycled materials they are fully traceable and of the highest quality.

“So we fully support EuCertPlast and the operating standards it requires, since it helps drive up the quality of recyclates, increasing market demand and enabling the creation of new more sustainable applications.”

The standards and requirements that are examined for EuCertPlast certification are also on the check list when applying for the well-known Blue Angel Eco-Label that awards environmentally friendly products and services.

For more information visit www.luxus.co.uk

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Odour Contaminated Plastics Get 'Second Life' Thanks To Innovate UK Grant

13th May 2019

Technical knowledge based plastics compounder Luxus has as part of a consortium won an £840,462 Innovate UK grant to develop a novel process to remove retained odour from post-consumer recycled plastics.
 
The aim of this new 30 month research and development project known as Odour Control, is to employ unique process technologies to deliver high value ‘second life’ applications for odour contaminated plastics, that would otherwise only be adopted for limited low value markets.
 
Luxus will lead the project in collaboration with its partners the University of Lincoln to provide a ‘test house’ to identify and quantify odour species, Matrix Moulding Systems will help develop the processing system design and injection moulding company, One 51 will produce the finished parts.
 
Recycled plastics have a ‘scent memory’ from contact with heavily perfumed detergents or food that creates quality issues inhibiting further use. Although some progress has been made to recycle easier post-production waste streams, the recycling of post-consumer polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) still presents a major challenge.
 
Currently, under 1% of the UK’s 260,000 tonnes of post-consumer polypropylene waste is effectively recycled into high quality products, the rest is used in lower value applications or worse still, left for landfill.
 
Luxus project manager, Chris Kerridge, comments: “We are pleased that Innovate UK has recognised the importance of developing a process that will allow for the cost efficient reprocessing of polymer that was previously uneconomic to recover due to retained odour.
 
“We aim to address this challenge by removing retained odour so the waste polymer can be reprocessed for use in high value products in the civil engineering, automotive, horticulture and detergent packaging industries, enabling manufacturers to satisfy sustainability goals.”
 
This project aims to create a prototype of the process, so Luxus technicians can gain an improved understanding of its ability to cope with the variability in the type and levels of odour compounds that occur in post-consumer polymer, to help underpin its future full scale commercial application.
 
Once proven this process will provide an economic retrofit solution that requires minimal process equipment modifications, so Luxus and the UK’s many technical plastics compounders who license the technology will benefit from improved competitiveness.
 
The cost effective exploitation of this waste stream presents therefore, a major opportunity to the recycling industry – the ability to divert 25,000 tonnes of waste polymer each year. This recycled material would replace virgin polymer, with an estimated net saving of 1 tonne of CO2 per tonne of polymer recovered.
 
Chris Kerridge, continues: “With Defra’s new Resources and Waste Strategy for England, there is also a major shift in focus now towards resources rather than wastes. The aim is to help manufacturers progress to a circular economy that keeps resources in use for longer, so the need for innovative solutions for the processing of odour contaminated plastics has never been greater.”
 
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Luxus Ltd  (@Luxusltd)
UK leading independent technical plastics recycling and compounding company Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for over 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.
 
 
 
   

Meet the Team
Sarah Alexander
Logistics Administrator

I initially started with Luxus as Administrator in April 1990 working at the original Belvoir Way, site covering the Reception, telephones and general office admin. Over the following months and years my role grew to include additional duties from assisting the Purchasing Manager and Logistics Director, to numerous accounts based roles. Over the years the company has grown not only in strength but size and now accommodates 4 sites along Belvoir Way. Outside of Luxus I’m a working mum to two teenagers, love walking with the family dog and try to keep active playing netball, running and attending classes at the local leisure centre.
Phil Ashman
Team Leader - Engineering

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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.
Alistair Barber
Business Development Manager

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Daniel Barrett
Shift Leader - Recycling

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Claire Bateman
Finance Director

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Max Billingham
Purchasing Co-Ordinator

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Natalie Blanchard
HR Advisor

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Melissa Broad
Purchase Ledger Clerk

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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.
Adrian Brown
Materials Manager

I re-joined Luxus in August 2016 so I am now on my 2nd stint with the company. I have been working in the plastic industry since the age of 18, so 15 years and counting. Confusing for some as I do get ID’d for wine gums. I was told when re-joining I had one of the jobs no-one wanted, but I really enjoy it as no day is ever the same and I see every part of the business. The proudest moment of my life was becoming a Father to my Son and my hobbies are football, fishing, gardening and motorsport. I enjoy being the happy chirpy chap that will have a laugh.
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.
Chris Burwell
IT Manager

I began my journey with Luxus in 2012 as an IT Developer and recently accepted the role of IT Manager. I continue to enjoy the daily challenges a job in IT brings. I love the continued learning curve of my role and there is nothing more satisfying than watching people benefit from something you’ve implemented. In the relatively short time I’ve been with Luxus I’ve witnessed the company go from strength to strength and I hope to play a small part in that for many years to come. Outside of work I love to get out and about, learning and seeing new things. I’m a big fan of the States and have travelled to Florida (a lot), New York and Washington. California is high on my to-do list but next up on my travels is Dubai!
Brad Carter
Customer Service Administrator

Joining Luxus May 2018, I have only been here a short time, but it has flown by! Joining the industry is a complete change from previously working in a customer service role in retail. I have BTEC Level 3 diplomas in Business, Health and Social Care and Biology that I achieved at college. Out of work I enjoy to binge watch any TV drama going on Netflix, and although I try to always maintain a healthy diet, brownies are and will always be my weakness.
Victor Casal
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Tomasz Ciopcinski
Shift Leader - Recycling

I joined Luxus in November 2011 as an Extrusion Operator in the Recycling Department, after few months I was promoted to the position of Deputy Team Leader. In March 2017 I was offered to my current role as Shift Leader. Over the years being here I have gained a great knowledge about various polymers and have developed my leadership skills. I have recently finished my BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. Out of work I like to spend time with my wife and my son, usually exploring different parts of the countryside. My biggest passions areTennis and Badminton and my favourite food is anything Italian!
Sarah Coggle
Project Co-Ordinator / PA to MD

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.
Jaume Escoriza
Business Development Manager

I joined Luxus in February 2016 with an aim to develop new and existing materials into new markets.I have a BSc in Retail Management (Leeds Met) and a GNVQ Business & Finance (High Melton College. Away from the office I like to balance the good with the bad – run & ride followed by pub & restaurant. My greatest achievement was to have cycled coast-to-coast in one day, this was followed by a big night celebrating and unfortunately I could only manage the train back the other way! Wednesday night is dancing night, initially forced into it by my lovely lady, now I enjoy it and pull-off a mean tango! My favourite place in the world is Sydney – it was meant to be a ‘stop off’ in my post-uni travelling but ended up staying for 1 year!
Pat Foxon
Accounts Administrator

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Dave Frampton
Training and Development Leader

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Victoria Hearsey
Project Accountant

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Alice Higgs
Logistics Administrator

I joined Luxus in 2016 as Logistics Administrator - a far cry from my previous career as a nursery teacher but it was the best move I ever made, I have learnt so much since working for Luxus and have the opportunity to work within a great workforce! I LOVE going to music festivals and concerts, cooking for my friends and family and spending time in the gym (ok, so maybe I don’t love that so much but my friends did warn me once I reached 22 I wouldn’t be able to eat enough for 10 people anymore) and of course… a cool Gin in the sunshine with friends is my happy place.
Jamie Hipgrave
Laboratory Co-Ordinator

I have worked at Luxus since August 1999. I started in Q-Polymers, under the guidance of Ian Pigot (great days) - I am sure he has a story or two! After only a few months in there I got the opportunity to move in to the Laboratory as a technician, where I have gained a great amount of knowledge in polymers and recycled processing. My current role within the Technical Centre is Laboratory Co-ordinator, and I take care of signing off all the finished production runs we produce, making sure they stay to the high standards Luxus is known for. My passions are Formula One and motorcycle racing, but not to the anorak levels of a certain colleague! I like travelling to hot destinations, my favourite so far must be Antigua. And you can't beat going out for a Sunday roast, which I like do once a month with my wife and a couple of friends. We are trying out venues all over Lincolnshire to hunt down that perfect roast beef!
James Jaycock
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Maciej Jesionowski
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Ellie Johnstone
Assistant Accountant

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Chris Kemplay
Stock Management Co-Ordinator

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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.
James Lawrence
Process Engineer

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Brian Lewington
Purchasing Manager (Non Plastic)

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 Marsh
Purchasing Co-Ordinator

I joined Luxus in June 2014 after spending my time before working towards my Sports Coaching Degree which I achieved prior to joining Luxus. My interests are playing and coaching football which I currently hold a Level 2 coaching badge, Level 1 goalkeeping badge and I am a qualified football referee. My most recent and important hobby/interest is spending time with my little lad and making the most of the time I have with him (and the wife of course).
Geoff Mountain
Process 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.
Kevin Paine
Shift 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.
Andrew Rigg
Laboratory Manager

I started at Luxus in 2010 as a Laboratory Technician, being promoted to night shift team leader in October 2016. I have recently been taken on as the Laboratory Manager, so a lot of new things to learn! On weekends I like nothing more than spending time with my kids and partner. Movie trips when a new Marvel film comes out are an essential. My favourite place that I have visited is Banff in Canada.
Tracy Roberts
Director of HR

I joined the Luxus Team in February 2018, after being a HR Consultant for 3 years. Prior to this I spent many years working in the Automotive Sector, managing the HR function across multi-site dealer groups. I have over 20 years’ experience as a senior HR & Recruitment professional working across a range of SME’s and corporate structure environments. I’m familiar with operating at senior levels, setting strategic HR Policy and governance, but equally I enjoy all operational aspects of people management. I have a strong commercial awareness and a practical approach to delivering high performance outputs including: building effective people infrastructures, performance management, employee relations, succession planning, and change implementation. In my spare time I like to keep fit and enjoy a great social circle, which includes the odd glass of wine here and there!!
Mike Selfridge
Weekend Laboratory Manager

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James Shaw
Shift 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!
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 favourite coffee maker is Adie Brown. 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.
Katie Stewart
Purchasing Co-Ordinator

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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.
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!
Kim Ward-Pawson
Sales Ledger Clerk

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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
Richard Whyatt
Production 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.
Mark Wrisdale
Logistics Administrator

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