Management Team

Precision Polymer Engineering would not be able to deliver such a comprehensive, reliable and innovative set of sealing solutions without the talent and dedication of our people. Through each department at every level, our commitment to outstanding service is clear to see.

  • Neil Thompson | President
  • Eric McKinley | Finance Director
  • Stefano Arrigoni | Head of Research & Development
  • Simon Jackson | Head of Continuous Improvement & Quality
  • Gary Rae | Director of Human Resources
  • Ben Green | Business Line Leader - Semiconductor & General Manager (PPE LLC)
  • Omer Raoof | Business Line Leader - Oil & Gas
  • Tynan Carroll | Business Line Leader - Industrial
  • Lindsey Smithson | Operations Manager
  • Ashley McCarrick | Human Resources Manager
  • Paul Haworth | Manager, New Product Realisation and Applications

Our History

2017

  • Ben Green becomes General Manager of PPE LLC based in Brenham Texas
  • Major Semiconductor OEM approvals received for manufacture from PPE LLC Brenham site

2016 

2015

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

  • Precision Polymer Engineering acquired by IDEX Corporation, operating 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

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 at UK headquarters
  • Launch of further new Kimura® material grades, including materials beyond perfluoroelastomers
  • Established sales operation in Houston (TX, USA) for the oil and gas sector in the United States

2008

  • Acquisition of Aberdeen O-Rings and Seals to expand the company's presence in the UK 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 and FFKM with leading-edge mechanical properties, and additional approvals for materials in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Dedicated Asian sales team, operating from Singapore

2007

  • Expansion of sales operation in EU countries and in the USA, with increased activities across Asia - particularly Japan
  • Endura® range of materials launched for the oil and gas sector
  • Launched Detectaseal® range of innovative metal-detectable, FDA-compliant material grades for applications in food and pharmaceutical industries
  • Continued investment in new plant and machinery to achieve increased capacity and technological advances
  • Major enhancements and development of the laboratory and NPD center with leading-edge equipment to progress and support customer projects

2006

  • Major investment in new presses with sophisticated process mechanisms to optimize quality and methods
  • New material approvals in the defence and life science sectors
  • Perlast® perfluoroelastomers introduced to the semiconductor and pharmaceutical sectors

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 testing and support purposes
  • Opening of office facility in San Jose (CA, USA), offering technical support

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/bioanalytical elastomer grades with diverse approvals and conformities

2001

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

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

1990s

  • OEM sales operation commenced
  • First manufactured Perlast® material in 1991

1980s

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

1975

  • Company founded by Peter Cummings in Blackburn, UK
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