A research and development expert from Scandinavia has been given an important new role at Forterra.
Freshly appointed New Product Development Manager Ylva Gerhardson joins after almost a decade working for Swedish material technology and engineering group Sandvik, four years of which was spent in the UK.
Her role will be to ensure new products and significant changes to materials and processes within the company are effectively managed, with a primary focus on product development.
Ylva, 35, who is based at our Wilnecote brickplant, said; “I wanted to work somewhere where applied materials technology is central for the products, and realised there were a lot of opportunities for development at Forterra, as it is a flexible company that has a positive attitude to change.
“I think I bring a new way of looking at product development, but also additional technical knowledge from materials science focused research and development.”
Stephen Harrison, CEO of Forterra plc, said; “The New Product Development Manager will help drive innovation into our business, promoting clear and transparent communication to existing and future product development activities and initiatives.
”We think Ylva will bring a fresh approach to this vital new role and we welcome her to Forterra.”