UK – Corrugated specialist Lesters has recruited industry experts Mark Furman as Head of Sales and Greg Burton as Design Manager as it continues its expansion plans.

The Staffordshire-based company has seen revenues grow 120% over the last twelve months and is aiming to hit £25 million (US$29.91 million) in revenues by 2025.

In his new role, Furman who has more than 33 years of experience working in the industrial corrugated marketplace for blue-chip companies, will bring his knowledge, processes and experience to the firm.

He will also be tasked with aligning new design and manufacturing capabilities with the group’s in-house warehousing and logistics operations.

Mark, who started his career as a junior designer, commented: “This is a very exciting time to be joining Lesters, with a £7m investment drive in the latest technology and a focus on providing sustainable packaging solutions proving extremely popular with customers.

“I’ll be looking to add my corporate sales experience into the mix, implementing more processes and the strategic targeting of new markets alongside the agility, creativity and innovation that is seeing us transform a sector that has been weighed down in tradition for too long.”

According to Mark, working together with customers creates efficient and cost-effective bespoke packaging that saves time and money, in addition to reducing carbon footprint in the process.

The appointments follow a whirlwind period for Lesters over the last two years, with fifteen staff taken on across production and in admin/support, whilst a second shift has been introduced to keep up with demand.

This has helped support the design and manufacture of a growing range of products, including octabins, pallet boxes, heavy-duty packaging, bespoke die-cut units, corrugated cartons and retail-ready packaging.

The ‘large packaging’ specialist is also keen to innovate the materials it uses, as well as looking for new applications outside the world of packaging.

“Strengthening the design team was fundamental to achieving this objective and I’m really enjoying the freedom we have to challenge industry perceptions and develop new packaging solutions,” explained Greg Burton.

Some of these we are finding answers for ourselves, others we are looking to collaborate with universities and R&D specialists to push the boundaries of what we can achieve with materials and applications.”

Billy Hutchinson, Managing Director of Lesters, concluded: “Attracting Greg and Mark to our team is a massive coup and sends out a strong message of where we are and where we intend to go.”

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