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Certikin Moves To Consolidate Its Sales And Technical Support The sales and technical support functions of Certikin North (the manufacturing hub for the company’s liners and covers) have been transferred from Leeds to Certikin’s head office in Witney, Oxfordshire. “In centralising all these functions in the south we can combine resources to improve the service and backup that we offer our customers,” said Managing Director, Neil Murray. “The manufacturing side of Certikin North’s business remains unchanged in Leeds.” To accommodate the move, a

new Liners and Covers division specialising in the Certikin North product range is now fully operational in Witney. This is headed up by Product Manager, Craig Williamson, who brings many years of experience, both in Certikin’s Water Treatment and Commercial Divisions, to this new challenge. In respect of on site lining, the sales and technical aspects are now handled by the new Liners and Covers team, whilst the management of the site lining engineers is fulfilled by Ann Westwood who is part of

Amanda Takes Up The Reins At Aquatrac Aquatrac, one of the leading automatic safety cover manufacturers, are delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Jackson to the position of Managing Director. With a successful background in the hugely competitive retail clothing sector, Amanda joined Aquatrac back in 2008 and brought her exceptional sales and purchasing skills to the Essex based operation along with a general rounded business approach. She has had effective control of the company for the past couple of years and this has enabled a seamless transition with James Witham, the outgoing Managing Director who had been running the company

James Witham congratulates new Aquatrac Managing Director Amanda Jackson

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since its acquisition in 1992. Amanda is already well known to Aquatrac’s substantial trade customer base who have become used to the efficient and reliable service that the company provides. With Amanda’s role confirmed, James is looking forward to concentrating on technical developments, in particular the exciting new insulated swim spa range which will see the removal of the traditional bulky covers which often negate the benefits of having a compact wet exercise area. James will also focus on further product developments and other changes within the wider group of companies. This follows the recent merger of Aquatrac and Ryam Steels – the 30 year-old Stainless Steel fabricating arm of the business – which has already provided new opportunities and substantial improvements in purchasing and sales under Amanda’s guidance. With the changes announced, both Amanda and James are looking forward to a new and exciting stage in the Aquatrac story! Aquatrac 01268 571515 www.aquatrac.co.uk

Certikin’s existing Service team. Scott Cowan, their original on-site lining engineer has been promoted to Site Lining Team Leader. Certikin North’s focus is factory production and this is headed up by Operations Manager, Adam Butler. Adam started at Certikin North 12 years ago as Production Manager before taking control of day-today operations and logistics as Operations Manager two years ago. He now takes responsibility for the whole of the Certikin North operation. Helen McManus remains as Office Supervisor, liaising with the Witney Liners and Covers Division and working on CAD for the liners and winter covers. Telephone calls to Certikin North in Leeds are currently routed to Witney however, the future number will become 01993 777200. Certikin North General Manager Neil Stephenson has taken up a new position as Product Development Manager, with his time split between the Certikin North and Witney sites. Neil has 18 years of experience at Certikin, 14 of those at Certikin North. He possesses in-depth knowledge and a broad overview of the company’s extensive product portfolio so is ably equipped for his new role which focuses on the sourcing and development of new products and services, from their conception through to launch onto the market. Neil also oversees the company’s marketing team, thus supporting the natural synergies between product development and marketing requirements and initiatives. To complete the current changes in the Technical Office, Daniel Green has been promoted to Team Leader for Automatic Covers. Dan has been with Certikin for three years and developed a good understanding of both the Roldeck and Coverstar covers. Joe Hatt has joined Certikin’s Automatic Covers Technical Sales, providing customer quotes and technical

Adam Butler

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support. Joe has spent three summers working in the Certikin warehouse transport department while studying Exercise Physiology at Southampton University. Certikin International 01993 778855 www.certikin.co.uk

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