Q&A With Kevin Horne, MD of Renmar and Chairman of the PMMDA

Kevin Horne has been in the plastics industry for over 35 years, first selling moulding machines, before moving on to sell ancillaries. Following this, he became the MD of an ancillary supply company before venturing out on his own to form Renmar Plastics Machinery. Kevin has also been a serving member of the PMMDA for the past 5 years, and currently holds the position of Chairman.

Who are Renmar Plastics Machinery and what do you do?
Renmar Plastics Machinery is a family run ancillary specialist based in Northamptonshire. Marketing and the central office is dealt with 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. An example of which is the recent project of 22 purpose built conveyors for a centralised handling system. In addition to this, all our suppliers are also family businesses which means we are talking to the people who make decisions quicker.

What is new for Renmar Plastics Machinery?
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 we really feel the new Engin Plast granulators are the best on the market. They have impressive features such as compressed air self-cleaning cutting chambers and rapid knife change systems.

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 and even considering opening facilities in part of Europe, in case the negotiated deal between the UK and Europe imposes 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, we are optimistic that things will improve for the industry during 2018.

What does the future hold for Renmar?
We 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 are also located within an area where many of our competitors are also located which is strange, but has its benefits too!

Thank you to Kevin Horne for his time, and to find out more about the Renmar range you can visit the website www.renmar.co.uk

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