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Neil Dibnah

New materials manager drives Hurst growth

Hurst Plastics has topped off a year of rapid growth and ambitious investment with the appointment of a Materials Manager to accelerate further development and drive even greater efficiency for the business in 2017.

Neil Dibnah has joined Hurst in the newly created role. His appointment will help Hurst to achieve sustainable growth and steadily improve efficiencies throughout the business whilst building on its capability to deliver a consistently high quality product and service to customers.

Kevin Wheatman, Hurst Plastics’ Director and General Manager, explains: “The last 12 months have been tremendously exciting for us with a number of key investments helping to significantly increase our manufacturing capabilities. Our overall turnover as a business is well over £500,000 higher in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year, which has given the business a very solid foundation to build on. The next stage for us was to strengthen our team to sustain this growth across all sectors of the business, especially our fast-growing commercial division, and to maximise our capacity.

“This strategic appointment is pivotal in our strategy to achieve further growth and greater efficiency and it underlines our ongoing commitment to invest in the future of the business. Neil is highly experienced and skilled in materials and manufacturing. He will help us to achieve outstanding service levels for customers by strengthening our supply chain, eradicating waste and streamlining our manufacturing processes.”

Neil joins Hurst from Hull-based Willerby Holiday Homes. He is experienced in all areas of supply management.

Throughout 2016, Hurst made a series of investments to expand the capabilities of its two dedicated factories in Kingston-upon-Hull. Further investments are planned in the early part of 2017 to help boost production of Hurst’s composite doors and door panels and significantly enhance the already enviable service and efficiency levels provided to its customer base. The company has also expanded its dedicated fleet of vehicles and invested in updated transport software to help Hurst maintain its consistent record of 98% for on-time in-full deliveries.

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