Brandon block manufacturer appoints new managing director as it looks to build on growth

Allan Eastwood, new MD of Lignacite in Brandon, who likes to skydive to relax
Allan Eastwood, new MD of Lignacite in Brandon, who likes to skydive to relax
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Block manufacturer Lignacite has appointed a new managing director in charge of its 65 staff at its Brandon HQ and its second factory in Essex.

Block manufacturer Lignacite has appointed a new managing director in charge of its 65 staff at its Brandon HQ and its second factory in Essex.

Allan Eastwood, new MD of Lignacite in Brandon

Allan Eastwood, new MD of Lignacite in Brandon

Allan Eastwood takes over the role from Lignacite owner and executive chairman Giles de Lotbiniere.

Mr Eastwood joined the firm in 1996 as a fork lift driver after leaving the army where he was a staff sergeant and gunnery instructor.

In just six months he was promoted to yard foreman, then works manager at one of its manufacturing plants.

In 2004 he was appointed operations director.

The firm had to lay off a third of its workers in recent years but has returned to growth.

Mr Eastwood, who likes to relax by skydiving, said he aims to increase turnover by 20 per cent next year while maintaining costs.

“I am delighted with this promotion and have a great team here at Lignacite,” Mr Eastwood said.

“My army background comes in very handy when it comes to motivating the team, and despite my newfound responsibilities I will still be very hands on and practical when required.”

Mr de Lotbiniere said: “When he wrote to me from the army, little did I know that he would be such as asset to the company.

“I am confident Allan will help to strengthen our position in the market and maximise the opportunties associated with the solid growth we are currently experiencing.

“We very much look forward to benefitting further from his collaborative and innovative approach.”

The appointment comes just two months after Lignacite launched the Carbon Buster, the World’s first carbon negative building block, which Mr Lotbiniere said should cement the firm’s future.

Over the years, the company has supplied masonry products for high profile buildings including the Shard, the Gherkin, the Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium, both Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport, and Canary Wharf.

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