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 the 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. The 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 of the Company is,
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 April 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience of working with growth-focussed SME’s. 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.
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 and was Chairman of Hydro International plc which he joined as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-elect in October 2014.
Neil MacDonald, Non-Executive Director
Neil was appointed to the Board in July 2019 as a Non-Executive Director and 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. Neil currently serves on the board of Pressure Technologies plc as Non-Executive Chairman and holds numerous other non-executive roles in the public and private sector.
Gareth Kaminski-Cook, Group CEO
Gareth joined Autins in October 2018 from Low & Bonar plc, the fully listed international performance materials group, where he was Group Director of Strategy, Sales and Marketing and Global Business Director, Interiors and Transportation (a global business supplying specialist materials to the Automotive and Flooring industries).
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 has 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, including 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 Financial 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 OEM’s in the US and Europe. Joshua joined the Group in November 2016 to oversee sales and marketing.
Kevin Sheldon (UK Director of Operations)
Kevin has over 25 years experience of operational process improvement and leadership and joined the Group in October 2017 to lead UK operations. Prior to this Kevin had been General Manager of Swissport Stansted and Birmingham Airports since 2010.
He has spent a significant part of his career in senior operational roles within the automotive and construction equipment including periods at Terex Pegson Ltd, Johnson Controls Automotive and MG Rover (Powertrain).
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 Rheinland since 2013 and he holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Friedrich – Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany.
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 7 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.
Joerg Thul (Group Quality Director)
Joerg has spent many years of his career in Engineering and Quality/Project Management within the automotive and aerospace industry including Benteler, BMW (Formel D), EFS, Webasto and most recently Draexlmaier. He joined the Group in April 2017 to head the Quality Department. Joerg has a BSc Hons Degree in Integrated Technologies from Sheffield University.
Elizabeth (Liz) Northwood (Group HR Manager)
Liz has over 25 years’ experience in training and human resources both in the finance and the public service sectors working with staff numbers of approximately 350, involving strategy planning and day to day activities within both of these functions and including several restructures. She joined the group in 2013 to set up the human resource function, adding training to her responsibilities in 2014. Liz has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from De Montfort University, Leicester.
Jonathan (Jon) Bell (Group Projects Manager)
Jon has over 25 years’ experience in Engineering and Programme Management within automotive and aerospace component manufacturers including British Aerospace, Magna Automotive and International Automotive Components. He joined the group in January 2016 to head the New Projects Introduction Department. Jon has a BEng. Hons. degree from Nottingham University.
The Group is headquartered in Rugby, UK and also has operations in Tamworth, UK, the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, UK, and Hilden, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany and Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Investor Relations Contact
For questions regarding financial or statutory issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Company Secretary, James Larner, at our head office at Central Point One, Central Park Drive, Rugby, Warks. CV23 OWE