Hadleigh, UK -Insulation product specialist Celotex Ltd has appointed John Arnold as its operations director, a move designed to help "lead the operations of the business in a time of dramatic change in the thermal insulation market," said the Hadleigh, Suffolk-based rigid foamer, in a recent company announcement.
The changes referred to are regulatory changes on building codes, following publication of the UK's Building Regulations 2006 Approved Document L.
Arnold adds to a team consisting of new managing director Richard Pemberton (pictured) - who replaced former Celotex chief Digby Harper last October - and new marketing and business development director Chris King.
Pemberton was previously with flooring maker Forbo Group, most recently in global sales and marketing based out of Forbo's Swiss headquarters. When he joined, Pemberton paid tribute to predecessor Harper, and said he would aim to build on Celotex's "previous success in marketing product innovation and development."
King, who joined the group 1 Feb 2007, has, "a strong track record in sales and marketing" after 15 years in the building products industry, said the company.
Arnold, who joined the firm on 26 March 2007, was most recently chief operating officer at Ampy Metering and before that was operations director of Collins & Aikman Automotive.
Celotex said that Arnold is familiar with many of the issues facing the company and has "achieved significant improvements in performance of manufacturing operations in his roles to date."
The company also pointed out that Arnold's appointment, "is the final step in strengthening the senior management team of the business to ensure the continued growth of Celotex."
Celotex makes a range of thermally efficient, rigid polyisocyanurate (PIR) insulation products and claims to be "the brand leading manufacturer of rigid foam thermal insulation products for the building and construction industry."
Such products, the firm said, offer builders "the simplest way to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations 2006 Approved Document L."
The insulation products have a BRE (Building Research Establishment) Green Guide classification of A, and Celotex said the fire performance of many of its products is Euroclass D rating or better.
The new UK building regulations demand higher thermal insulation, and highly efficient PIR foam products such as those from Celotex allow constructors to fulfill the regulations without using "extremely deep and unwieldy constructions - along with the resultant loss in internal space," the company said.
PIC: New Celotex boss Richard Pemberton."