Autins Group specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of acoustic and thermal insulation solutions primarily in the automotive sector but with an increasing focus on other sectors, including white goods, power generation, marine, apparel, rail, commercial vehicles and industrial sectors.
The directors believe that Autins Group is one of the leading UK suppliers of noise and heat management products in the automotive market, producing and supplying over two million parts per month to customers including some of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and Honda.
The management team has overseen significant growth in the business in a challenging macro-economic climate and is committed to leading further growth as a public company. The directors believe there is significant opportunity for ongoing organic growth through product development and broadening relationships through further international expansion, against a backdrop of a strong and growing market.
Autins Group has made significant investment in new technology in recent years, alongside improvements in product capability and a growing reputation for providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of its customers.
The company was incorporated and registered in England and Wales on 25 March 2014 under the UK Companies Act with registered number 8958960 as a private company limited by shares with the name Auto Autins Limited. The company resolved to change its name to Autins Group Limited on 13 May 2014 and was issued a certificate of incorporation on change of name by Companies House on 27 May 2014.
The registered office, head office and principal place of business:
Company name: Autins Group plc
Country of incorporation: England and Wales
Company registration number: 8958960
Main country of operation: United Kingdom and Europe
Registered office and principal place of business: Autins Group plc, Central Point One, Central Park Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0WE
Adam Richard Attwood, Non-Executive Chairman
Adam joined the Autins’ Board in January 2016 as non-executive Chairman, having previously provided strategic guidance to the Board since 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience of working with growth-focussed SMEs. Originally a corporate solicitor with Norton Rose Fulbright, he moved into quoted company advisory and European M&A with Charterhouse Bank. He then progressed to direct private equity investment with ISIS Equity Partners (now known as Livingbridge) focusing on investments in the Midlands region. Adam now has a portfolio of non-executive roles with manufacturing and branded businesses with increasing focus on international expansion. Adam chairs the Group’s Nominations Committee.
Neil MacDonald, Non-Executive Director
Neil was appointed to the Board in July 2019 as Non-Executive Director and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in engineering industries. He is the former Group Finance Director of AES Engineering Limited, the international mechanical seals manufacturer; and previously Group Finance Director of the international aerospace company, Firth Rixson. He currently serves on the board of Pressure Technologies plc as Non-Executive Chairman. Neil holds numerous other non-executive roles in the public and private sector.
Ian Roy Griffiths, Non-Executive Director
Ian was appointed to the Board in April 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He brings wide-ranging international experience of the engineering business-to-business sector at both strategic and operational levels, having spent nearly 30 years with GKN plc. Ian served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc from 2003 to 2012. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Renold plc since 2010 where he also chairs the Remuneration Committee, was appointed Chairman of Trackwise Plc in July 2018 and was Chairman of Hydro International plc which he joined as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-elect in October 2014.
Gareth Kaminski-Cook, Chief Executive Officer
Gareth joined Autins in October 2018 from Low & Bonar plc, a fully-listed international performance materials group which supplies specialist materials to the Automotive and Flooring industries, where he was Group Director of Strategy, Sales and Marketing and Global Business Director, Interiors and Transportation.
Gareth has 25 years’ experience in market-leading industrial organisations across several business sectors, having worked previously for Saint Gobain, Rexam, BPB and Danaher. He has lived and worked in Asia, the US and Europe, and has a deep understanding of the manufacture and application of specialist acoustic and thermal materials across relevant industrial markets such as Automotive and Building Products. Gareth is a former officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers and a Civil Engineering graduate from Birmingham University.
James David Larner, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
James spent a significant portion of his career operating in finance and operational roles within the Tata Steel Group with particular focus on cost and working capital management. This included a two-year secondment as General Manager restructuring a steel processing facility, overseeing a factory relocation and the transfer of supply chains between Tata sites across the UK. He joined Caparo Mill Products as Finance Director which again required specific focus on cost and working capital before taking up the role as UK Finance Director at Autins. James is an Accounting and Finance graduate from Birmingham University who qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 2001. James joined the Group Board as Chief Financial Officer in January 2016.
Joshua Kimberling, Group Sales Director
Joshua has spent his career in the sales and management of automotive, process control and healthcare products. Most recently as Director at Flow-Mon Ltd, growing the business’ global sales of UK-manufactured process control products. Prior to this Joshua worked in both the US and Germany for Robert Bosch in the sales and marketing of automotive electronics, having account management responsibilities for major OEMs in the US and Europe. Joshua joined the Group in November 2016 to oversee sales and marketing.
Joerg Thul, Group Quality Director
Joerg is an experienced quality professional with a background in engineering and a track record in creating, managing and developing the quality function within the automotive supply chain. Joerg is accomplished in the introduction, use and maintenance of core automotive quality and lean core tools and has a degree in Integrated Technologies from Sheffield University.
Dean Trappett, Group Engineering Manager
Dean is an experienced engineering manager with a demonstrated history of working in first tier automotive companies. He has commercial and customer skills combined with 26 years process, continuous improvement & manufacturing knowledge, leading teams in both Manufacturing Engineering and New Product / Process introduction in different automotive sectors including Powertrain & Body in White. Dean holds a Management of Manufacturing Systems degree from Birmingham City University and joined Autins in September 2019 to lead the group engineering role within the business.
Dr Kathryn Beresford, Group R&D Manager
Dr Kathy Beresford completed her PhD in Multichannel Automotive Audio at the Institute of Sound Recording, at the University of Surrey in 2010 and was awarded a postgraduate award (with distinction) in Innovative Business Leadership from the University of Warwick in 2016. She spent seven years working in local government in varied roles conducting educational data analysis, modelling and interpretation alongside performance and project management. Kathy joined the Autins Group in June 2015 to lead research, development and innovation and to lead the establishment of the group’s technical facilities at the Horiba MIRA Technology Park.
Stefan Janzen, Group Applications Manager
Stefan worked for HP Pelzer Group for over 20 years as a research and development engineer focused on automotive acoustic products and solutions, before joining Autins GmbH as Research and Development Manager in late 2013. Stefan has a degree in Biology from Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany.
Matthias Migl, Managing Director, Autins GmbH
Matthias has 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry including with the specialist NVH and soft trim component manufacturer HP Pelzer Group, with a particular focus on acoustics. Matthias has been Managing Director of Autins GmbH since 2013 and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Friedrich – Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany.
Mark White, UK Operations Manager
Mark joined Autins in April 2019 from Jaguar Land Rover where he was a senior manager in Range Rover & Range Rover Sport assembly hall. Mark has nearly 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and served over 24 years at Jaguar Land Rover holding various management positions primarily in the body construction area before moving to trim and final assembly in 2014. Mark brings a wealth of experience in lean and automotive process improvement and was part of the senior team that implemented progression from manual vehicle build processes to the launch of a highly automated bodyshop with the new D7u multi-vehicle platform.
Henrik Petterson, Operations Manager, Autins AB
Henrik brings 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, progressing rapidly from operator to operational manager for Schenker Automotive’s direct sequenced supply to Volvo. Henrik played a leading role in the creation, management and development of the start-up Swedish site, with a keen eye on cost, agility and automotive best practice. Since April 2019 Henrik has been the in-country manager for the Autins Swedish operations bringing in Group support to facilitate operational scaling as required. Henrik has a master’s degree in Electricity and Signal Technology from the University of Borås, Sweden.