Andy Hall, who hails from Middlesbrough, has joined The Expanded Metal Company to lead on manufacturing operations in the ExMesh™ division and he will be spearheading a continuous improvement programme.

The Expanded Metal Company’s ExMesh™ range offers innovative fencing systems and security products which are designed to protect people, property and infrastructure from a broad array of threats.

These include LPCB LPS 1175 SR2 and SR3 rated security fencing systems, anti-climb measures, cages, ExMesh™ Fastrack, a fence system developed for the rail industry, and ExMesh™ Electra, designed for the electric and telecoms industries.

The ExMesh™ product offering also includes Securilath™, the only security mesh range to be certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) when applied to metal stud, timber stud and block walls.

Andy has extensive experience of manufacturing operations, lean manufacturing processes and implementing continuous improvement programmes across industries including aerospace and automotive. His previous posts include operations excellence manager at aerospace component manufacturer Darchem Engineering, lean promotions officer at automotive safety part manufacturer TRW and CAT production system CPS co-ordinator at Caterpillar.

ExMesh™ products are developed and manufactured at The Expanded Metal Company’s 25,000 sqm site in Hartlepool, which is a long-established global centre for expanded metal expertise. The Expanded Metal Company, which has operated for more than 125 years, was the first UK fencing manufacturer to be awarded ‘Secured by Design’ status.

Philip Astley, managing director at The Expanded Metal Company said: “Andy has a highly impressive track record in manufacturing operations and brings a high degree of lean manufacturing insight to this role, as well as valuable perspectives from the automotive and aerospace industries.

“I am sure he will be a major asset to the ExMesh™ team as we develop our product range and capabilities.”

Commenting on his new role, Andy Hall, operations manager at ExMesh™, said: “I’m delighted to be joining a company in my native North East that is a real leader in its field.

“Leading on operations for ExMesh™ is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled to be working alongside Philip Astley and the specialist ExMesh™ team in driving efficiencies, further developing our manufacturing processes and supporting our customers in the security market with high quality, British-made products.

“It’s exciting to be bringing my experience to bear in this new challenge.”

The Expanded Metal Company has a rich industrial heritage dating back to 1889 and was founded by John French Golding, the inventor and patentee of expanded metal. It supplies high quality expanded metal mesh products for sectors including construction, filtration, engineering, transport, utilities, automotive, aerospace and architecture.

The Expanded Metal Company works closely with contractors and end users to create bespoke solutions for their projects, drawing on its extensive design and manufacturing expertise, and high-class production capabilities.

It stocks and supplies a wide range of high quality expanded metal mesh products and offers specialist capabilities in metal work, such as cutting, welding, drilling, punching, shearing and roll forming.

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