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Luxus To Promote Environmentally Positive Polymers At WRAP Cymru Event

13th November 2017

Technical plastics compounder Luxus will be promoting the benefits environmentally positive polymers can deliver to Welsh manufacturers at a WRAP Cymru event on the 17th November 2017 at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.

The event, ‘Forming the Link: A Resilient Supply Chain for Plastics Manufacturing in Wales’, will be chaired by WRAP director, Peter Maddox and will also feature presentations from its sector specialist, Bernard Chase along with Luxus managing director, Peter Atterby.
 
“Luxus is delighted to be invited to speak at this event, the Welsh auto component industry has enjoyed sustained growth in recent years. It will provide a great opportunity therefore, for Luxus and fellow industry experts to dispel the myth regarding the perceived quality of recycled content polymers compared to prime alternatives.

“We will focus on the critical role environmentally positive polymers now play in supporting global auto interior component design, to deliver greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions while also satisfying automakers’ need to reduce the carbon footprint of vehicles.

“The adoption of our advanced lightweight polymer range Hycolene™ with up to 60% recycled content for example, can lead to a 12g weight saving on a single component in one model. This would mean CO2 emissions reducing by more than a 1000 tonnes, over the course of the model’s life-time.

“But most importantly, its use will also increase the volume of recyclate that can be used by the automakers, which means a reduction in the amount of virgin polymer manufactured – therefore preserving limited natural resources.” Said Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus.

In March this year Luxus also announced it had acquired South Wales based additive and masterbatch specialist, Colour Tone. The company is known for its pioneering work with WRAP to address the problem of black food packaging waste.

Black plastic packaging contains carbon black pigments which absorb infra-red light and cannot therefore, be optically sorted by equipment with near infra-red (NIR) detection technology used by recycling depots. Colour Tone responded to this challenge by developing an alternative detectable infra-red detectable (IRR) colourant that enabled black plastics to be visible for NIR sorting.
 
Luxus has since as part of a new consortium with industry partners Polykemi and One51 gained a £1.29m investment from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to advance further the development of this novel IRR colourant for both black and coloured plastics waste.

The commercialisation project known as NIRSort, will develop a range of IRR colourants that will be tested in numerous applications beyond black food packaging, these include automotive plastics components and consumer durables such as home appliances.

The aim is that the IRR colourants will be specified by manufacturers for new products, but at the ‘end of life’ these same products can be easily separated into individual plastic polymer streams via automatic NIR sorting for the first time.

Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus continues: “This project is significant as we believe capturing these valuable plastics waste streams and diverting them into efficient recovery processing is now recognised as key to saving costs and reducing environmental impacts by manufacturers today.”
 
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Luxus Ltd        
UK leading independent technical plastics compounding and recycling 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.
Luxus Calls For The Auto Industry To Re-Think Its Material Choices

8th September 2017
 
Technical compounder Luxus will be showcasing its high-performance PP based compounds range, able to deliver technical properties to rival some more expensive engineered polymers in demanding auto interior components. All on stand E50 at the Engineering Design Show, 18th-19th October 2017.  

Peter Atterby, managing director, Luxus explains: “We believe that modern PP compounds will encourage auto engineers to completely re-think their materials choices. The adoption of advanced additives means that PP based compounds can now be used where previously the technical properties of the application would have demanded costly ‘off the shelf’ engineering polymer.

“The ‘off the shelf’ (unmodified) polymer is currently chosen at the design stage, since it offers a known performance - despite some properties being irrelevant to the application itself.  This means that when cost considerations come into play later, there is an option instead to create a workable, yet more economic PP compound that is tailor-made to component specifications.

“Modern high-performance PP compounds therefore, can create a superior product compared to the individual components in the typical polymer mix. A profit opportunity that the automotive industry is only just beginning to realize.”

The industry’s need to satisfy increasing targets set by ‘end-of-life’ vehicle (ELV), producer responsibility regulations are also being addressed by Luxus. The compounder has recently secured £1.29m investment funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation initiative to commercialise a range of novel near-infrared (NIR) detectable colourants for adoption in automotive applications and other markets.

Luxus leads a consortium for the commercialisation project known as NIRSort, with support from fellow Nordic polymer processing partner, Polykemi and global plastics manufacturer One51.

Each year 3.5 million tonnes of polymer are scraped in the UK alone, since black and some other coloured plastics cannot be picked up by recycling sorters. As these products contain carbon black that reflects very little or no radiation rendering it ‘invisible’ to sorting machines in recycling plants.

Adoption of this technology will enable NIR sorting operations to segregate black and coloured plastics they produce from streams to a purity that they will be useable in highly engineered polymers. This will allow manufacturers to meet their obligations, reduce landfill and contribute to lifecycle analysis requirements too.

Finally, Hycolene™ an environmentally positive, advanced lightweight, scratch resistant thermoplastics range developed for Class ‘A’ auto interiors will also be showcased.
The range is low density, while offering up to 60 per cent recycled content with the option for prime grades too. Hycolene™ satisfies the rapid cycle times now set by OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers while delivering at the same time significant Co2 reduction benefits.

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

Luxus Ltd        
UK leading independent technical plastics compounding and recycling 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.
 
Luxus Led Consortium Secures £1.29M EU Funding For Novel Near-Infrared Detectable Colourants

20th July 2017
 
UK leading technical compounder Luxus has this month, as part of a new consortium, with fellow Nordic polymer processing partner, Polykemi and global plastics manufacturer One51 secured a £1.29m (€1.47m) investment, co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (under grant agreement No 760642).

The funding supports NIRSort, a new commercialisation project that aims to replace carbon black and many other pigments with a range of novel near-infrared (NIR) detectable alternatives for adoption by Europe’s packaging, automotive and consumer durables manufacturers.

Each year 3.5 million tonnes of polymer are scrapped in the UK alone, since black and some other coloured packaging cannot be picked up by recycling sorters. As these products contain carbon black that reflects very little or no radiation rendering it ‘invisible’ to sorting machines in recycling depots.

This two year project will be led by Luxus in collaboration with global processor Polykemi. Polykemi will participate by formulating, processing and testing materials. The resulting materials will be then further evaluated for use in innovative packaging material via Polykemis subsidary, Scanfill.

The third consortium partner is rigid plastics manufacturer, One51 selected for its injection moulding manufacturing expertise.

Dr Christel Croft, technical director, Luxus, explains: “This pioneering project is based on the previous successful work to identify NIR detectable alternatives to carbon black from specialist additive and masterbatch supplier, Colour Tone whom Luxus acquired earlier this year.

“It aims to develop a range of colourants for polymers that will enable NIR sorting operations to segregate black and coloured plastics from waste streams to a level of purity that they are useable in highly engineered polymers.  Potentially even in our light-weight, high scratch-resistant polypropylene (PP) compounds range, Hycolene™ for example. 
                                                           
“We have defined a programme of development, designed to identify formulations with optimal cost effectiveness in packaging recycling and to extend the technology across to WEEE* and end-of-life vehicle applications, each of which has its own specialist requirements.”

The requirements for sorting and segregation of polymer types within waste streams are intensifying:
·         Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) regulations - increasing the responsibility for the supply side to identify the materials they provide into commercial streams; extending this responsibility through to the point of recycling. 
·         Stringent recycling targets are forcing recyclers to process increasingly difficult materials that they could formerly lose as scrap.
·         Increased volumes and high labour costs are moving the industry to reduce manual segregation and increase shredding; this requires more sorting facilities so cost becomes an issue.
 
According to the ERP regulations, ‘obligated businesses including retailers, brand owners, packaging convertors and fillers are responsible for obtaining evidence that plastics packaging recycling has taken place’. The routine failure of these plastics to be identified and recycled presents an urgent problem for producer industries in their efforts to comply.

The most immediate market need is for food packaging, which typically has a three to 12 month cycle from ‘make-to-waste’. While waste from consumer durables goods (WEEE) however, has a mean-life of five years and ‘end-of-life’ automotive vehicles (ELV) 13 years, both also require solutions to prevent the continued build-up of potentially unrecoverable polymers.

Dr Christel Croft, continues: “Our market strategy is based therefore, on a continuous positive development cycle or a ‘circular economy’ approach. This is where the packaging industry will use virgin detectable polymer to make its packaging and this with its product life of under a year, is recycled into high quality engineered plastics for the manufacturer of automotive and consumer durables to use - without waiting for returns from their own ‘end-of-life’ materials.”

Black plastics alone represent around five per cent of packaging (one million tonnes) and 30 per cent of WEEE* and vehicle polymers (two million tonnes), none of which can be recycled. A further million tonnes of coloured waste containing carbon black is also lost to landfill or incineration in the UK each year. 

*WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment directive and *EOLV – end of life vehicles directive
Supporting image – Black PET food trays featuring the novel near-infrared detectable colourant.
 
   

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Muna Abu-Jaber
Customer Services - Sales

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Sarah Alexander
Logistics Administrator

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Jason Andrews
General Manager

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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.
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.
Daniel Barrett
Recycling Co-Ordinator

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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 Co-Ordinator

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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 Systems Developer

I began my journey with Luxus in 2012 and continue to enjoy the daily challenges the job of an IT Developer brings. I love the continued learning curve of my role and there is nothing more satisfying than watching people benefit from something you’ve created. 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 on my to-do list but next up on my travels is Bejiing!
Victor Casal
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Tomasz Ciopcinski
Shift Leader - Recycling

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Sarah Coggle
Project Co-Ordinator

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.
Michael Cook
Interim Logistic Manager

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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).
Elaine Croves
Accounts Administrator

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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!
Andy Field
Engineering Team Leader

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Pat Foxon
Accounts Administrator

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Alice Higgs
Logistics Administrator

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Jamie Hipgrave
laboratory Co-Ordinator

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Geoffroy Huard
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Sarah Hudson
Purchasing Co-Ordinator

After spending two years working and travelling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand, I joined Luxus in September 2014 in the Purchasing Assistant role, looking after key suppliers, and continually sourcing new suppliers of redundant plastic. I am now responsible for the purchase of our Raw Material feedstock as well as Masterbatch, Additives and Fillers. Out of work I like to socialise, bake, and keep fit. Keeping fit to burn off the calories is a must for all the goodies I like to bake and eat, I am such a foodie at heart!!
Graham Jackson
IT Manager

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James Jaycock
Shift Leader - Compounding

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Chris Kemplay
Accounts Administrator

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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.
Annette Lee
Purchasing Assistant

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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 Marsh
Purchasing Assistant

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Zac Mawer
Team Leader - Engineering

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Darren Meggitt
Laboratory Manager

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Sajid Mohammed
Commercial Director

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Hazel Morley
Customer Services - Sales

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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.
Jo Page
Payroll Administrator

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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.
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.
Andrew Rigg
Team Leader - Laboratory

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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!
David Spencer
Accounts Manager

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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.
Adam Taylor
Shift Leader - Recycling

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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
Stacey Whitworth
Maintainence/Engineering Manager

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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.
Mark Wrisdale
Logistics Administrator

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