Kenray team expansion – Mark Tilley, Packaging Technologist & Material Specialist

Kenray Forming Ltd continues to grow its capabilities and expertise in the field of packaging materials and is pleased to announce the arrival of Mark Tilley as Packaging Technology and Materials specialist, who will be working closely with Commercial Director, Mark Evans and Technical Director Andrew Dennis.

Mark brings with him over 30 years of experience in FMCG, both as an end-user with PepsiCo International, and also as a  Technical SME.   He has an in-depth knowledge of flexible packaging, and of late has been heavily involved in the complex world of sustainable packaging selection, application and specification.

Mark Tilley, Kenray, Packaging Technologist and Packaging Specialist

Kenray offers clients four decades of experience along with continuous development in R&D and is regarded as the global leader in Forming Sets for VFFS food and pharmaceutical packaging machines.  Mark’s addition to the team expands Kenray’s ability to consult with clients and provide a holistic solution to their needs in a world of fast-changing regulatory and environmental demands.

Mark Evans & Andrew Dennis added ” We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Kenray Team. As the packaging industry moves at pace, Mark’s experience and industry knowledge is already making a difference to our clients’ projects and equipment needs.”

Mark Tilley added – “I have always had a great working relationship with Kenray, which spans many years and many successful projects completed and launched.  I am delighted to have joined their team, and look forward to adding further capabilities to an industry leading company”.

At Kenray we value our customers to ensure they are happy with our service, when we build relationships we ensure they last a lifetime.

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Innovation Leads the Way at Kenray

Kenray has invested in Research and Development in recent years with support from Phill Loxley, our Head of Engineering. This has enabled us to be the industry leader in developing technical solutions for the Packaging Industry. Over recent years, our R&D skills have proved invaluable to leading Blue-Chip clients transitioning to sustainable & compostable film structures that have allowed them to alter packaging configurations and material usage whilst maintaining product outputs on VFFS & HFFS machines.

Phill Loxley, has been instrumental in this development and has been at the forefront of this project and many others. Phill has worked closely with OEM’s & end-users to understand the challenges they are facing.  He has then designed and manufactured a number of innovative solutions along with his team of Engineers that have consistently been recognised by clients. An inventor at heart, the pioneering solutions that we have been able to help companies adopt have made huge impacts such as reduced Nitrogen usage, reduced wastage and improved overall efficiencies.

Andrew Dennis, Technical Director added: “Working closely with Phill, you can see his patience and diligence come through to help clients overcome complex machinery challenges. We are delighted to have been chosen as a partner of choice to help design and develop solution’s over the past few years and with the future expansion plans in place, this capability can only strengthen our product offering.”

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UK Sales Team Growth for Kenray Forming Ltd

Kenray Forming Ltd has continued to grow both its UK and International Sales Team with the arrival of Alan Beverley who has joined the UK Technical Sales Team and will be working closely with Commercial Director, Mark Evans and Group Sales Manager, Dan Atkin.

Alan brings with him a wealth of experience with 10 years-experience in the Food industry as well as over 6 years working in the consumables industry.  Alan has already hit the ground running and has been out and about meeting clients and contacts to introduce what he can offer.

Kenray offers clients four decades of experience along with continuous development in R&D and are regarded as the global leader of Forming Sets for VFFS food and pharmaceutical packaging machines.  This high level of experience, combined with the ability to produce large bespoke orders as well as complex one-off projects has seen KENRAY involved in a number of collaborations with blue chip organisations across the globe.

Mark Evans & Dan Atkin added “Our Sales team has gone from strength to strength over recent years and with our exciting plans to grow into new markets and product ranges during 2019, the time was right to enhance our sales team under the leadership of Dan Atkin. Alan will be dedicated on supporting our UK client base, showcasing our latest products and services.

Alan Beverley added – I have been welcomed into the Kenray Team and already enjoying meeting clients and contacts. The plans for the next years are certainly exciting and will help Kenray to be the supplier of choice for all users of forming sets in the UK and overseas.

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Phil Dennis Retires From 20 Year Career with Kenray, the specialist former manufacturer

Kenray, the global leader in the design and manufacturer of forming sets and specialist parts for food processing and pharmaceutical packaging industries recently said goodbye to one of their longest serving members of staff. Phil Dennis has been with Kenray over 20 years during which time Kenray has gone from being a local machine engineering company to a specialist manufacturer of custom forming sets supplying customers all over the world including Pepsico, Kellogg and Intersnack.

KENRAY team thanking Phil Dennis for his decades of service

Phil has played a valuable role in the growth of Kenray over the years including building customers relationships, managing projects and conducting employee training. His retirement was honoured with a special event. All the staff presented Phil with gifts of gratitude in recognition of the important work that he has contributed to KENRAY’s development and success over the years. The Directors and Managers also personally expressed their appreciation for the valuable work that Phil has performed during his time at the company.

Joining KENRAY in the mid-1990s, Phil spent his early days as General Manager. He worked on the fabrication side of the operation as well as with customers. One of his first major projects saw him forge a relationship, which is still strong today with Ishida Europe, a leading supplier of Food Packaging Machines & Equipment. As the company grew Phil became responsible for the engineering side of the business setting and ensuring for the high standards of quality Kenray has become known for.

Over the years, Phil’s industry knowledge has been essential in training and mentoring numerous KENRAY engineers and he has passed much of his knowledge onto other members of the KENRAY team. Andrew Dennis, Technical Director commented, “Phil taught me so much during my early days at Kenray as a young apprentice. Over the years, I have been able to develop through the business and today am a co-owner and director. We now have a role reversal and technically I am Phil’s boss, however, I will always appreciate his advice and feedback and am grateful for everything he taught me on the engineering side.”


Phil with some of the team who wish him well on his retirement from Kenray – the global forming solutions company

While he will no longer assume the full-time role as the Machine Shop Manager, Phil will be joining Kenray as a part-time Technical Advisor. As such, customers will continue to benefit from his packaging expertise, as he offers his advice on various projects.

“The KENRAY team will certainly miss Phil in his role as Machine Shop Manager, as he has helped us build our business over the years”, says Commercial Director Mark Evans. “We are grateful for his hard work and dedication, and we are pleased that he will continue to join us in a consultancy role”.