It’s an exciting time for Chemoxy International, one of Europe’s largest independent contract manufacturers.
The Teesside company is looking to create more jobs, has plans for further expansion and is seeking acquisition opportunities to add value to its core services.
Helping Chemoxy achieve its goals is the company’s newly appointed commercial director, Paula Tinkler.
Before joining Chemoxy, Paula – an electrical engineer and an expert in process control – held key positions for other leading companies, including six years as Lucite’s European resins business director, and as global procurement director at Mitsubishi Rayon Lucite Group.
Born in Northern Ireland, she attended Queen’s University Belfast where she gained an MEng in electrical and electronic engineering.
One of her first roles after graduating was for the process control department within ICI Engineering on Teesside, where she worked in acrylics, olefins, polypropylene, nylon, ethylene oxide, methylamines and nitram plants.
She’s now one of the 137 people employed by Chemoxy across two sites in Middlesbrough and Billingham, where the company produces an extensive range of low-toxicity, environmentally-friendly solvents for paints, coatings, industrial and household cleaners and specialises in providing custom processing solutions for clients – something a growing number of companies are taking advantage of.
The company was recently awarded £10m from the Business Growth Fund and secured an additional £10m in working capital from the RBS bank, which it intends to use to double its turnover to £100m by 2020.
Paula said: “Chemoxy is at the forefront of developing performance products like low-odour and low-toxicity coalescents.
“We’re also leading the way in solvent recovery, by recycling waste solvents from other industries which would otherwise be disposed of.
“The innovations that have been made are incredible, we’re developing better and better materials and coatings all the time, and better processes that result in improvements to people’s lives.”