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PPE Limited - Management team and a brief history

Neil Thompson – President          
June Fielding – Finance Director
Brett Hogarth – Head of Operations
Gary Rae – Director of Human Resources - Sealing Technologies 
John Kerwin – Head of Research & Development
Ben Green – Head of Global Sales 
Tynan Carroll – Head of Global Marketing
Ashley McCarrick – Human Resources Manager 
Simon Jackson – Head of Continuous Improvement & Quality 

1975

Company founded by Peter Cummings.

1980s

  • Moved to larger premises, £1m turnover, 29 employees.
  • 30% export to mostly Europe, emphasis on large power generation & marine diesel sector.

1990s

OEM sales operation commenced, first manufactured Perlast® material 1991.

2000

  • £4m turnover, 50% export to Europe, USA and Asia. 
  • First prototype orders in Perlast® perfluoroelastomer materials to US semiconductor sector.
  • Emphasis on material approvals for a wide range of industries. Pharmaceutical grade elastomers introduced.

2001

First development of nano-filled elastomers for semiconductor and other critical-use applications.

2003

  • Moved to purpose-built 3,500 sq m (37,600 sq ft) factory with class 10,000 cleanroom facility.
  • Further development and introduction of nano-filled elastomers on a commercial scale worldwide.
  • Complete range of pharmaceutical/bio-analytical elastomer grades with diverse approvals/conformities.

2005

  • Investment in advanced press machines including a 2 metre wide press with "clean-production" capability.
  • Extensive outfitting of materials laboratory for research and development as well as production support purposes.
  • Opening of sales office in San Jose, California and addition of technical support in the USA.

2006

  • Major investment in new presses with sophisticated process mechanisms to optimise quality and methods
  • New material approvals in the defence and life science sectors
  • Range of innovative, ultra-pure Perlast® perfluoroelastomers introduced to the semiconductor and pharmaceutical sectors.

2007

  • Expansion of sales operation in EU countries and in the USA, with increased activities across Asia including Japan.
  • Endura® range of materials launched in the oil and gas sector.
  • Launched Detectaseal® range of innovative, metal detectable, FDA-compliant material gradesfor the food and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Continued investment in new plant and machinery to achieve increased capacity and technological advances.
  • Major enhancements and development of the Materials Characterisation Centre (MCC) with leading edge equipment to progress and support customer projects.

2008

  • Acquisition of Aberdeen O-Rings and Seals to expand the Company’s presence in the Oil and Gas sector.
  • Commencement of build programme to increase the production facility by 80% and a dedicated administration and customer training centre.
  • Continued expansion of the material ranges within FKM, FFKM with leading-edge mechanical properties: additional approvals for materials in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Dedicated sales force located in Asia operating from Singapore.

2009

  • Completion of expansion programme with extensive new materials laboratory, 80% increase in production floor space and opening of new administrative and customer training centre.
  • Launch of further new Kimura® material grades including materials beyond perfluoroelastomers.
  • Established sales operation in Houston, Texas for US oil and gas sector.

2010

  • Acquired by IDEX Corporation. PPE operates as a business within IDEX's Health and Science Technologies segment. Revenues 80% outside UK.
  • Established sales office in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Applications Engineering & Technical Support team established providing enhanced seal design and consultancy capability.

2011

  • Added sales engineers in Houston, Philadelphia and Chicago.  Precision Polymer Engineering LLC established in USA.
  • Achieved NADCAP accreditation for elastomer seal manufacture for aerospace applications.
2012

  • Launched Perlast® ICE - exceptional perfluoroelastomers for extreme low temperature applications.
2013

  • Opened a sales office and customer training facility in Houston, TX, USA.
  • Acquired FTL Technology, Leeds, England.
  • Launched EnDura® E90SR - high temperature steam resistant EPDM material.
2014

  • Building work completed on new PPE manufacturing facility in Brenham, TX, USA.
  • Official opening and first parts manufactured at Texas, USA facility.
2015

  • Acquired Novotema, Villongo, Italy.
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