- Welcome to our short Q&A with Kevin Horne, MD of Renmar Plastics Machinery. Kevin, please let us know a bit about yourself and your background?
I have been in the plastics industry since 1980-81 first selling moulding machines and then moved on to selling ancillaries. Following this I became the MD of an ancillary supply company before venturing out on my own 12 years ago to form Renmar Plastics Machinery. I am also a serving member of the PMMDA for the past 5 years and currently hold the position of Chairman.
- Who are Renmar Plastics Machinery and what do you do?
Renmar Plastic Machinery is a family run ancillary specialist based in Northamptonshire. The central office is managed by my son Dan and sales of standard equipment is managed by my daughter Kristy. This structure is ideal as it grants me the time to handle the machinery side of the business involving extrusion, thermoforming and recycling equipment from the Amut Group.
- What makes Renmar different to your competitors?
Being family-run it means that our customers are at the heart of the business and treated as more than ‘just another number’. We are big enough to deliver on projects, but small enough to care. We can deal with a simple hopper loader enquiry right through to central handling systems - an example of this is our recent project for a 22 purpose built conveyor system for a UK based customer. In addition, all of our suppliers are also family-run which means we are talking to the right people at all times.
- What is new for Renmar Plastics Machinery?
2017 became the year of "size reduction" equipment for Renmar. In early 2017 we introduced the Engin Plast range of granulators to the UK and Ireland and quickly followed that with ISVE single and four shaft shredders in late 2017. In addition to this we have taken steps to improve our website including the introduction of a customer service chat facility.
- What do you feel is the star equipment of the Renmar range?
Whilst all our equipment is of the highest quality I really feel the new range of Engin Plast granulators are the best on the market. They have impressive features such as compressed air self-cleaning cutting chambers, rapid knife change systems and even water-cooling options.
- How do you think the Plastics Industry is fairing following Brexit and in general?
Currently the industry is seeing some of the possible effects of Brexit with the automotive industry being the most cautious, even considering opening facilities in part of Europe in case the negotiated deal between the UK and Europe impose trade barriers. The numbers of machines sold in the UK and Ireland increased year on year until 2017 where a slight decline occurred, mainly for reasons above. However, I am optimistic that things will improve for the industry during 2018.
- What does the future hold for Renmar?
I see steady growth for our share of the market due to the excellent range of equipment available from Renmar, however we are continuously reviewing our product range and the suppliers we work with to ensure we offer our customers the best.
- Any interesting facts we didn’t know about Renmar?
We are the sister company of Arrowquint Limited who specialise in the supply of Eltex static control equipment.
We have also just started to introduce rent-to-buy options on some of our stock equipment so you can get your equipment quicker but can spread the payments over several months.
Thank you to Kevin Horne for his time and to find out more about the Renmar range you can visit the website