Manufacturing business Smartflow Couplings has appointed former Agility CEO Andrew Jackson as non-executive director as the firm prepares to expand into new global markets in the oil, gas and chemical sectors.
Jackson, who is based in Harrogate, previously headed Agility’s $300m chemical logistics group operations across Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia and has worked in supply chain roles for organisations including DuPont and ICI.
Gary Thompson, managing director of Smartflow, said: “Andrew joins at an exciting time for the firm as we embark on the testing of nine new products thanks to a £173,000 innovation project, heavily funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
“Andrew’s knowledge of the global chemical and energy markets, along with his supply chain expertise, will bring valuable strategic direction as we explore new partnership opportunities worldwide.”
Smartflow manufactures dry break couplings for the oil and gas, petrochemical, food and drink, road and rail, marine and other industries where spillages need to be minimised or fluid transfer efficiency maximised. It has offices in Scunthorpe and Harrogate.
Jackson said: “Smartflow’s innovative products already bring cost, waste and safety benefits to customers around the world.
“I am looking forward to maximising the growth potential of this exciting business which will involve collaborating on large-scale infrastructure projects with partners both in the UK and overseas.”
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