Know your plastics: Gain an advantage by knowing your polymers
Thursday 19th November 2020
Fergus Hardie, md at Hardie Polymers
Fergus Hardie joined Hardie Polymers in 1987 and has been the Managing Director since 1999. Fergus cut his teeth in the world of engineering polymers as part of the Hardies team, representing global leader GE (General Electric) Plastics (now SABIC).
An integral part of their UK sales team for many years, Fergus learnt how the materials market worked from the inside and witnessed at first hand the nuances and intricacies that enable Hardie Polymers to see the bigger picture so well today.
Hardies also had significant success when they expanded their operations with the sales of injection moulding machines and ancillary equipment, representing market leaders Demag, Jenco and Wittmann respectively. This gave Fergus and his team a level of insight into plastics processing and the challenges of running moulding operations, beyond that of many other polymer distributors and that stands them in such good stead today.
After almost 100 years of trading, Hardie Polymers has a customer base that spans the entire UK and are firmly established at the nation’s leading independent engineering polymer supplier.
Rene Slade, engineering manager at enl group
Rene has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 25 years, specialising primarily in Plastic Injection Tooling and Moulding.
Starting as a time-served indentured toolmaker following an apprenticeship at a global appliance manufacturer, Rene has spent the majority of his career to date working as a supplier to the Aerospace and Automotive sectors. This started with manufacturing mould tools as a toolmaker before becoming firstly a CAD / CAM engineer and then a tool designer.
Rene has been the engineering manager at ENL Group for over ten years and is responsible for tooling and new product introduction, implementing new parts and projects for large corporations such as Airbus, Eaton, BMW and Audi to name a few.
Rene manages the tooling facilities and the in-house team in the UK, working closely with Europe and the Far East.
Vince Christie, technical manager at ENL Group
Vince plays a strategic role in new product introduction, advising and consulting on design feasibility for new projects, guiding the optimisation of both product and tool design using his extensive industry experience.
Vince started his technical career with 15 years at ICI Paints / DuPont Automotive as a senior technologist, working on automotive paint systems. This grew into six years with DuPont (UK) Ltd, engineering polymers division as a development engineer, working on projects for extrusion, blow moulding and injection moulding.
Vince has been with ENL Group for 17 years, from Development Engineer to Technical Manager, during which time the company has both physically and intellectually grown, with a larger UK site, new equipment and a manufacturing site in Slovakia.