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Effective January 2020, Jo Davis is the new managing director at Broanmain Plastics

Broanmain Plastics appointed Jo Davis as its new Managing Director at the start of 2020. Wilf Davis moves into the role of Chair, maintaining his strategic interest our company’s direction and governance, which his family founded more than 60 years ago.

Jo’s appointment forms part of Broanmain’s strategic succession plan, which involves investing in a more diverse workforce from shop floor to boardroom. Since taking on the role of Operations Director in 2018, Jo has cemented the company’s industry reputation as a skills champion and an investor in employee wellbeing.

As part of the restructure, Thomas Catinat has been promoted internally to Operations Manager, taking on the responsibility of production and overseeing quality assurance and the tool room. Kamil Stec has also been named Tool Room Manager having just completed his engineering apprenticeship with the firm.

Commenting on her appointment as MD, Jo said: “We have a fantastically talented team here at Broanmain. In the past year we have won a number of exciting new projects, production and tooling contracts. With the teams’ support, we will continue to assist our growing customer base and building on our strong reputation for service and moulding innovation in the electronics, precision optics, automotive, medical and consumer sectors.”

Thomas reports directly into Jo, managing the 30 strong production, after-moulding, assembly, quality, stores and tool room teams. Commenting on what this means for customers, Thomas said: “The number of clients we serve has been growing for several years now. We have made a number of changes internally, streamlining production, investing in machinery and reorganising the toolroom. Now, having a single reporting line across all operations at the two sites will make us even more efficient, multi-skilled and responsive to our customer’s manufacturing requirements and prototype projects.”

As MD, Jo believes that the company’s recent investment in machinery and personnel is giving customers greater confidence to switch suppliers and move overseas moulding to the UK. Reporting that the majority of customers they work with have UK-based production lines, she noted that many have re-evaluated their component supply chain in recent years to better-guarantee delivery reliability.