Wednesday, November 6, 2013

News: Beatson Clark boost production team

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Leading glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has made two key appointments to its Rotherham-based production team.

The appointments follow from the announcement earlier this year that up to £1.7m from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) will be used to install a larger and more efficient bottle forming machine and a bulk palletiser for packing glass products at its Greasborough Road plant.

This is just part of a planned £12m investment, which will include a larger capacity furnace, that is expected to be complete by March 2015.

Eddie Pickering (pictured, right) has joined the company as quality director while Robert Ledgard (pictured below, left)has been recruited to join the design team.

With over 15 years of experience in quality and environmental management in the glass packaging industry, Eddie joins Beatson Clark from Stölzle Glass Group where he was Head of Cold End and Quality Control.

"Eddie's wealth of experience will further enhance the company's drive on quality, process and efficiency improvements, which has already benefited from significant investment over recent years," said Lynn Sidebottom, Sales and Marketing Director at Beatson Clark.

Robert Ledgard has worked in product and mould design for the last 11 years and his experience includes working on embossing projects in glass for some well known spirit brands.

"Robert is highly skilled in designing embossing and he is already proving to be a valuable asset to our team," added Lynn.

Over the past year Beatson Clark has spent £10m on installing new equipment including vision-based apparatus and automatic inspection machines.

Its design department is now using a new central system called Vault provided by 3D design software specialists Autodesk.

Vault operates as a customer relationship management (CRM) tool for the design sector, providing Beatson Clark with a more efficient centralised system accessible by the factory, mould shop, sales team and design department.

Vault will give every department complete visibility to each project through the entire new product development process, from initial enquiry right up to production.

Beatson Clark specialises in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide and manufacture glass containers for a wide range of household brands, including Crabbie's, Bell's Buttercup, Lyle's Golden Syrup and Lemsip.

Beatson Clark website

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