We build relationships with international businesses looking for solutions in their manufacturing of high volume components and consumables. Our partners are businesses with niche applications or designs, who appreciate the technical collaboration, innovation and service that Synnovia offers.
Our process of collaboration starts with curiosity. We look for the challenges our customers may be experiencing and we consider how we can make improvements. We ask the probing questions. Then we make it our business to work closely with customers to engineer those problems away. These win-win technical partnerships lead to a stream of innovative niche products that improve both businesses.
We work in partnership with a global customer base that includes market leaders and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from a variety of innovative and dynamic industries.
Innovation at Synnovia requires deep problem-solving skills and considerable resilience. We learn through the rigorous process of experimentation. For us, the path to breakthrough technology is lined with failures and learnings, each one of these essential for inspired innovation.
Our intellectual property is driven by our experience designing and manufacturing specialist products efficiently to the highest quality specifications. We challenge ourselves to design and manufacture the best possible solution for niches where the needs and solutions are highly specific.
We listen to our customers, take advantage of the latest technologies and we keep our promises. That’s because we’re in this for the long term. We care deeply about our service reputation and live by it to ensure our future success.
Doing it differently
We approach everyday decisions and activities with a set of guiding core values. These core values keep our people focused on the long-term health of our business.
We start with the customer and work backwards.
We know that innovation is our life blood.
We strive for win-win with all stakeholders.
We lead by giving our teams the space to operate and the support to deliver.
We rely on open communication and constructive challenge.
We encourage collaboration, good humour and a positive mind set at all times.
We feel and act like long term owners.
We understand that failure and improvement go together so long as grit is sandwiched in between.
We are all Synnovia.
Global manufacturing for global markets
Synnovia sells to over 80 countries worldwide. Our global operating platform enables us to service multinational blue chip original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers, wherever they are located.
Synnovia has manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, USA, UK, Italy, Thailand and India. Our sales offices are in the USA, UK, Italy, Japan, India and China.
Faisal is a founder shareholder of Synnovia and Director of the Company. He has worked for and with manufacturing companies for over 20 of the last 30 years. He spent 7 years working in private equity with Capricorn Ventures International and prior to that was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, and was a managing director of a specialist consulting subsidiary of Deloitte & Touche. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Faisal was also chairman of Broker Network Holdings plc, an AIM listed company.
Andrew joined the Company as a non-executive Director in December 2007. Andrew has extensive experience of executive roles in a number of large multinational businesses and he has sat on the board of a number of public companies. He was Group Chief Executive of McKechnie plc for four and a half years until 2001 and prior to that he was the Group Chief Executive of South Wales Electricity plc. From 2001 to date, Andrew has devoted his time to non-executive roles at, amongst others, Ultra Electronic Holdings plc, Halma plc, Porvair plc and API Group plc. He has a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.
Richard is a founder shareholder of Synnovia and a non-executive Director of the Company and has been involved with manufacturing and selling plastics related products for over 40 years. During that time he worked for Wavin and Birmid Qualcast, before establishing Bell Plastics. Since then he has successfully co-founded two other start-ups and is currently an active investor in early-stage technology companies. He has a First Class degree in Engineering from Imperial College London and has an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Keith joined the Company as a non-executive Director in January 2011. Keith has extensive experience of executive roles in a number of large multinational businesses. He was Group Chief Executive of Smiths Group plc for twelve years until 2008 and prior to that he was the CEO of Saab Automobile (Sweden) for four years to 1996 and CEO of Delta Motor Corporation (South Africa) for six years to 1992. Since 1992, Keith has also had a number of non-executive roles at, amongst others, General Motors Europe, Delta Motor Corporation, Atlas Copco AB and Sainsbury’s plc. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Chamberlin plc, a specialist castings and engineering group.
Group Finance Director
Nicholas, who is the Group Finance Director, joined Synnovia in October 2005. Previously he spent 10 years working at Deloitte & Touche, initially in audit and then in corporate finance, where he worked principally on financial due diligence for manufacturing businesses and lead advisory work for the private equity industry. He also worked at the Bank of Nova Scotial in leveraged finance and is an ACA accountant.
Jonathan joined the team in 2015, bringing with him over 20 years of leadership experience in niche, high technology, engineering and manufacturing. He was previously CEO of AESSEAL plc, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals and support systems selling products in over 110 countries. Throughout his time at AESSEAL, Jonathan was responsible for developing and maintaining a world class manufacturing and supply chain along with a number of international sales subsidiaries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Jonathan has a first degree in Physics, an MBA and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.
Simon Shenton joined C&T Matrix as Managing Director in March 2011 and has been involved with manufacturing companies within the print and packaging industry for over 20 years. Prior to his appointment at C&T Matrix, he worked for Italian paper manufacturer, Fedrigoni Group, both as Export Director based in Italy and as General Manager in the UK. Previously, he held commercial positions with ArjoWiggins Group, both in the UK and internationally. Fluent in Italian, Spanish and French, Simon holds a Masters Degree in International Business and Languages from Heriot Watt University.
Ian Smith is the Divisional Managing Director of Flexipol. He joined Synnovia in November 2014 following the acquisition of Flexipol Packaging, where he was a founder member of the board. Ian has over 40 years of experience within the flexible packaging sector and has previously worked in various commercial roles at Nyborg Plast (Denmark) and Gelpack Industrial.
Dave joined Synnovia in August 2008 as Managing Director of Bell Plastics. Prior to joining Synnovia, Dave was Global Business Manager of OM Group and subsequently also took the role of General Manager of Borchers GmbH in Langenfeld, Germany (a business OM Group acquired from Lanxess in 2007). Previous roles included Business Manager Octel Corp (now Innospec ) and European Marketing Manager ISP Corp (now part of Ashland). Dave holds a BSc in Advanced Chemistry.
Tony has been the Regional Director of Synnovia in China since 2014. He has over 20 years of senior management experience with manufacturing companies. He has held financial leadership and General Manager roles for several European and US investments in China including John Crane, Electrolux and Wabtec. Prior to that he was a lecturer of Management Science in a Management College in Beijing. He has an MBA from Monash University in Australia and holds a PhD degree in Arts from The Communications University of China.
Since incorporation on 2 December 2002, Synnovia has demonstrated strong, consistent growth through a mixture of organic expansion and acquisitions.
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January – Synnovia acquired 15% of Bell Plastics, a specialist manufacturer of hose mandrel, and through an investment agreement secured effective management control
November – Synnovia acquired the remaining 85% of Bell Plastics
November – Synnovia acquired Trimplex, a specialist in the manufacture of creasing matrix; and 100% of BNL, a designer and manufacturer of high quality ball bearing solutions
April – Synnovia acquired Cobb Slater, a ball bearing manufacturer. Cobb Slater was integrated into BNL. Synnovia acquired Sabre Plastics, a plastics extrusions business. Sabre Plastics was absorbed into Trimplex and subsequently renamed Sabreplas
August – Synnovia acquired 100% of Channel Matrix, another specialist in the manufacture of creasing matrix. Channel Matrix and the matrix part of Trimplex were subsequently merged to create C&T Matrix
December – Synnovia joined AIM
March – Synnovia acquired Palagan, the high performance, film-packaging business
March – Synnovia sells Mulberry Plastics (the business formed from the rump of the Trimplex business and Sabreplas)
March – Synnovia acquired Beijing Higher Shengli Printing Science and Technology Co.Ltd, another specialist in the manufacture of creasing matrix
November – Synnovia acquired Flexipol Packaging Limited, a manufacturer of specialist sacks and bags
May – Acquired a 49% stake in CCM (USA distributor of box-making and printing consumables)
July – Synnovia acquired Synpac Limited, a specialist manufacturer of vacuum bags and pouches
December – Acquired 49% stake in Mito (an Italian distributor of box-making and printing consumables).
Plastic Capital plc formally renamed as Synnovia plc