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Aliaxis announces UK changes

Published:  20 May, 2009

BRUSSELS: Aliaxis, the group that includes some of the UK's best-known building industry brands, has announced a re-organisation of its structure and senior management team in the UK which will take effect from 1 January 2010. These changes, said the company…

will aim "to enhance the group's competitiveness and enable Aliaxis to face the challenges of the market". Each company will "continue to operate independently, and Aliaxis will continue to invest in building the group's individual brands".

Kevin Lawson, currently managing director GPS PE Pipe Systems, will be appointed to the role of Aliaxis  UK operations and finance director.

Brian Blanchard, currently managing director of Hunter Plastics, will be appointed to the role of Aliaxis UK building and sanitary director. He will be responsible for the commercial activities of Hunter Plastics and Multikwik, Marley Plumbing & Drainage, and Marley Alutec.

Chris Nunn, the managing director of Marley Plumbing & Drainage, will be retiring later in 2010.

Martin Gisbourne, the managing director of Durapipe, will be appointed to the role of Aliaxis UK utilities and industry director. He will be responsible for the commercial activities of Durapipe, the business of GPS PE Pipe Systems and the Durapipe logistics operation at Cannock.

The UK activities of Aliaxis will be co-ordinated by a new UK board, comprising Giorgio Valle as chairman, Corrado Mazzacano as vice-chairman, Brian Blanchard, Martin Gisbourne, and Kevin Lawson.

Aliaxis was formed in June 2003 as a result of the shareholders' desire to bring together their interests in plastic solutions for building, sanitary, industrial and public utilities applications in a group which was completely focused on those activities.

The Aliaxis Group has grown into a global leader, providing fluid transport solutions through the progressive gathering of similar companies worldwide.

The origins of the Group lay with Etex France, with Nicoll being the first company to join the Group in 1980. Further major steps in its development included the acquisitions of Marley and Glynwed in 1999 and 2001 respectively, and the split of the Etex Group into Aliaxis and Etex Group back in 2003. 

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