New managing director appointed at TFP

Technical Fibre Products (TFP), part of the James Cropper group and a leading manufacturer of advanced materials, has announced the appointment of Andy Walton as managing director of both TFP and TFP Hydrogen Products.

Walton has over 30 years of experience in the chemicals, sustainable solutions, and advanced materials sector. He has led multiple global businesses to deliver high performance solutions to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers within aerospace, automotive, energy and industrial end markets. Walton, who will assume his post as managing director in July, has a track record of driving significant growth through the positioning of disruptive technologies, P&L management, organisational development, and growth in new business.

Walton joins from Victrex, a leader in high performance polymer solutions, where he was most recently strategic business unit director, transport. In this role, he successfully led the integration of two separate business units of aerospace and automotive into one transport business achieving significant growth in both revenue and profitability whilst delivering sustainable innovative solutions to the world’s leading automotive and aerospace companies. Prior to this, Walton worked in senior roles for Huntsman and Innovia Films in the UK, Brussels, Belgium and Switzerland.

Andy’s key priorities will be to execute on the advanced materials strategic growth plan, including identifying short term growth opportunities and supporting an implementation plan for capturing mid to long-term growth in Hydrogen, Aerospace and Automotive markets.

Steve Adams, CEO of James Cropper, commented: “We are delighted to have Andy joining the Advanced Materials business. His wealth of experience in value creation and integration will strengthen the leadership team and we have no doubt that he is the right person to identify and enact on growth opportunities for James Cropper Advanced Materials. We look forward to working with him to deliver our strategic goals.”

TFP is part of the James Cropper advanced materials group. Its nonwoven and electrochemical materials provide solutions across a wide range of markets such as aerospace, defence, automotive and construction, as well as in renewable energy, where there is a strong focus on enabling green technologies, such as fuel cells, green hydrogen generation, wind energy and electric vehicles.

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