Fix-A-Form, a Suffolk-based maker of label finishing machinery, has appointed Chris Jones as its new general manager to oversee a global expansion given an unexpected boost in business by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fix-a-Form International is the manufacturing wing of Denny Brothers, founded 75 years ago in Bury St Edmunds, which invented expanded content labels (ECL). The multi-page leaflet label, which removes the need for bulky in-box leaflets, is greatly used in the pharmaceutical sector.
Managing director Andrew Denny said: ‘Despite the pandemic, many companies offering leaflet labelling have had a successful year. Chris’s experience in worldwide sales will strengthen our ability to launch our technology into new territories around the globe.’
He added, ‘with the pharmaceutical industry set to reach $1.5 trillion by 2023 (up from $1.2 trillion in 2018), we are expecting a huge growth in leaflet and booklet labels.’
Jones has overseen global engineering projects around the world since 2001 including capital infrastructure commissions for road, rail, Eurotunnel and the London Underground, as well Ministry of Defence marine contracts.
Jones, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bristol and lives in Felixstowe, said: ‘Fix-a-Form already produces leaflet label finishing machinery used by label manufactures in more than 20 countries and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand the business, even in these difficult times. I have extensive experience of working with global customers from many cultures across a range of industries related to engineered products and systems. This puts us in a strong position to develop new partnerships.’
He replaces the outgoing engineering manager Derek Brown who retires in February, while Fix-a-Form International’s current MD Andrew Denny, takes up the role of chairman.
Jones said: ‘In moving to the role of chairman, we will retain the vast knowledge Andrew has accumulated in his 25 years in the business. It is not as simple as just turning a machine on. There are infinite variables and none of Andrew’s know-how will be lost in the reorganization.’