The VEKA UK Group knows a valuable asset when they see one - and Shane Gray certainly fits the bill.
Supply Chain Director Shane celebrates his 28th year with The VEKA UK Group in 2014 and plays an integral role in ensuring customers receive the very best products and services, in the most efficient way.
Shane is responsible for a number of business divisions including Purchasing, Customer Service, Warehouse and Distribution and Commercial (system control).
He explains: “It's a pleasure to work across so many disciplines and have an effect on every bit of the supply chain. I’m responsible for the purchase of the raw materials, send them for extrusion and then the finished products come back to me for warehousing and distribution, completing the cycle. I enjoy dealing with customers throughout the whole process.
“I originally started working for Halo (or W. H. Smith and Sons as it was then known) in April 1986.
“At that time, the company's core business was injection moulding and tooling and they were relatively new to window profile extrusion. This meant that I was one of just a few people working in a fairly small department which was developing rapidly - so I got to know every bit of the process, from purchasing right through to production. This has obviously stood me in very good stead for my current role!
“I've only ever worked at two different places since I left school. The first was a rubber extrusion company, so you could say I'm fairly experienced in the extrusion business…!
“My wife Yvonne also works for the company as a Production Planner and when Bowater was acquired by VEKA, we made the difficult decision to move from the Midlands up to the North West. It was somewhat of a wrench - leaving our family and grandchildren further South - but we were confident that it was the right thing to do.
“We had both worked for the company for so long - we wanted to see it take this next step and gain strength and stability through its relationship with VEKA.
“It's been a tremendously exciting time. It's refreshing to work with a family-owned company like VEKA: a company that has the same interests as us and the same desire to see the product and the business grow and develop to even greater heights.
“We've joined a like-minded team, all striving for a common goal and that in itself has made the move worthwhile.
“The new mixing plant has affected my role in that I now purchase raw materials rather than ready-mixed compound. Again, this is something I've had experience of previously - so we've been able to hit the ground running. Having the mixing plant on-site will be a huge advantage to the business. It has given The VEKA UK Group even greater control over product quality and production time-scales.”
Colin Torley The VEKA UK Group's Sales and Marketing Director commented: “Shane is a very valuable part of the team. We're delighted he made the move up North to work within The VEKA UK Group HQ and now he's approaching three decades in the industry - we can only hope he stays for many more!”