Saturday, March 6, 2021

Notts manufacturer creates commercial director role to manage expansion

A manufacturing company in Nottinghamshire has created the new role of commercial director as part of the business’s diversification and expansion strategy.

Automotive parts manufacturer Interflex has appointed Paul Neale to the post. Paul brings with him over 15 years of experience working in the automotive and manufacturing industry, including senior sales and consultancy positions.

Based in Langar, Interflex manufactures and supplies a range of NVH and sealing solutions for vehicles including door seals, interior trim, under carpet and boot seals. It also coats and cuts materials such as the fabric used for armrests. Since the advent of the pandemic, the company has set up a subsidiary operation, Pinnacle PPE, to manufacture PPE alongside automotive production.

Paul’s role at Interflex involves overseeing the sales, marketing and commercial sectors of the business, as well as co-ordinating the overall commercial direction of the business. Interflex is aiming for continued growth in existing automotive markets, as well as launching products into complementary industries such as construction, rail and aerospace.

“I’m delighted to be working in this exciting new role at Interflex; the team has been very welcoming,” Paul said.

“We have already developed our product portfolio and branding which will lay the foundations to create profitable and sustainable growth year on year within automotive and other key industries. We are also launching an innovative new product, so it’s all systems go for the business.”

One of Paul’s major projects is leading the launch of Interflex’s new acoustic absorber. Having spent almost a decade working in the development of acoustic and thermal products at a previous company, Paul is experienced in implementing new product lines, even expanding into European markets.

He also has experience in developing intergroup business and driving growth through group branding and marketing.

Interflex’s MD Jim Griffin has worked with Paul before when he was CEO of Autins and Paul was the senior sales manager. He is pleased to have Paul on board at Interflex.

“Paul’s experience and skill set is perfectly suited to this new role,” Jim said. “Despite the challenges of 2020, we have emerged strongly into 2021, with new high performance products to launch and with new markets in our sights. Paul has the expertise to take the business forward in an exciting new direction.”

Set up in 2003, Interflex now employs 43 staff at its 38,000 sq ft site.

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