New Senior Appointments at Yorkshire-based Stairlift Manufacturer, Platinum Stairlifts Support the Company's Growth and Expansion Plans

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The Yorkshire-based stairlift manufacturer, Platinum Stairlifts has appointed two new senior executives, in a move to support the company’s current growth and future expansion plans. Sean Woodhouse joins as Platinum’s new Finance Director, while Brian Holmes will oversee the company’s Lean Management operations.

Our aim is to be a world class manufacturer, and by introducing Lean methods across our three sites, I am confident we can take Platinum to the next level of manufacturing excellence.

The Yorkshire-based stairlift manufacturer, Platinum Stairlifts, has appointed a new Finance Director and a Lean Management Professional, in a move, which will support the company through its current period of growth and future expansion plans.

Finance Director, Sean Woodhouse has been appointed to elevate the financial direction of the company, and will focus on scope of business for Platinum. Sean, who comes from an engineering background, having previously worked for Reliance Precision in Huddersfield, brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of operational experience to the team.

Sean commented: “It is exciting to be involved in a company that is experiencing rapid growth and change. My focus is on the infrastructure of the business and ensuring Platinum meets its targets and achieves its strategy. I am looking forward to introducing new ideas, and implementing improved reporting and analysis systems.”

Brian Holmes, who has been appointed as Platinum’s Lean Management Professional, will be responsible for improving Platinum’s manufacturing and operating systems. Brian, who is an expert at optimising business processes, will put new strategies in place to ensure the business is more efficient.

Brian commented: “Our aim is to be a world class manufacturer, and by introducing Lean methods across our three sites, I am confident we can take Platinum to the next level of manufacturing excellence. Over the last 20 years I have successfully implemented Lean manufacturing systems for market leaders such as Kodak, Horsell Anitec and Heights UK Limited.

“It is a real pleasure to be involved with a company doing so well in such hard times. You have to be on your game to remain competitive in today’s market place, we are committed to reducing waste where ever possible, ultimately supplying customers with an excellent product at a great price.”

David Forsyth, Managing Director at Platinum said: “Both Sean and Brian have fantastic track records in transforming operational systems, and helping companies maintain and manage growth. They bring essential new skills and knowledge to the team, and will play a crucial role in leading the company through this period of growth and change. We wish them both every success in their new roles.”

Platinum Stairlifts is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of custom built stairlifts for the domestic market. Renowned for its expertise, quality, and award winning products, the company is currently witnessing growing demand for its products worldwide.

In the last year alone Platinum, which employs around 70 staff at its factory premises in Crosshills, West Yorkshire, increased its workforce by one third, and is set to recruit a further 25 employees during 2013. The majority of these new recruits will be employed as assembly workers, rail builders and engineering staff in the manufacture of custom-made stairlifts.

Platinum’s plans to launch an innovative new straight stairlift – The Platinum Horizon Straight – into the market place in April, is already attracting attention worldwide.

For more information about Platinum Stairlifts please contact a member of the team on tel: 00 44 (0) 1535 631 177, email:enquiries(at)platinumstairlifts(dot)com or visit

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