Interflex creates commercial director role to manage expansion

Automotive parts manufacturer Interflex has created the new role of commercial  director as part of the company’s diversification and expansion strategy. 

The Nottinghamshire based business appointed Paul Neale to the post at the end of 2020. Paul brings with him over 15 years of experience working in the automotive and manufacturing industry, including senior sales and consultancy positions.

Interflex manufacture and supply a range of NVH and sealing solutions for vehicles including door seals, interior trim, under carpet and boot seals. They also coat and cut materials such as the fabric used for arm rests. Since the advent of the pandemic, the company has set up a subsidiary operation Pinnacle PPE to manufacture PPE alongside automotive production.

Paul’s role at Interflex involves overseeing the sales, marketing and commercial sectors of the business, as well as co-ordinating the overall commercial direction of the business. Interflex are aiming for continued growth in existing automotive markets, as well as launching their products into complementary industries such as construction, rail and aerospace.  

“I’m delighted to be working in this exciting new role at Interflex; the team has been very welcoming,” Paul comments. “We have already developed our product portfolio and branding which will lay the foundations to create profitable and sustainable growth year on year within automotive and other key industries. We are also launching an innovative new product, so it’s all systems go for the business.” 

One of Paul’s major projects is leading the launch of Interflex’s new acoustic absorber. Known as Ocean, the new lightweight absorber is made from a minimum 75% recycled product. It can also be recycled at the end of its life, making it a sustainable solution for NVH issues.

Having spent almost a decade working in the development of acoustic and thermal products at a previous company, Paul is experienced in implementing new product lines, even expanding into European markets. He also has experience in developing intergroup business and driving growth through group branding and marketing.  

Interflex’s MD Jim Griffin has worked with Paul before when he was CEO of Autins and Paul was the senior sales manager. He is pleased to have Paul on board at Interflex. 

“Paul’s experience and skill set is perfectly suited to this new role,” Jim comments. “Despite the challenges of 2020, we have emerged strongly into 2021, with new high performance products to launch and with new markets in our sights. Paul has the expertise to take the business forward in an exciting new direction.”

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