Reusable Packaging Provider LINPAC Allibert Adds New Process Engineer

Rlastic returnable transit packaging and supply chain solutions expert LINPAC Allibert has appointed assembly process engineer Kashif Hussain (right) to support the development of its manufacturing capability in Winsford, Cheshire, UK.

Kashif has an integrated engineering degree from the University of Liverpool and has worked for over a decade in the automotive sector – firstly for a high-volume metal component machining firm and then as a project engineer for PSB Group, a company that supplies production line packaging systems… and which also used LINPAC Allibert folding large crates and retrofit bespoke handling solutions for the automotive sector.

From there he joined Leoni Wiring Systems, a supplier of wiring harnesses and components to major European car manufacturers. As project engineer, Kashif was part of a small team that introduced and put into manufacture the complete electrical distribution system for the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, Roadster. He also worked on other projects, including Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover and Bentley.

Kashif then went on to work at the Aston Martin production site at Gaydon as a design verification engineer, where he was responsible for ensuring that the wiring harness design met and exceeded Ford specifications. Further automotive experience was gained as a process engineer at Denso Manufacturing UK in Telford, which supplies air conditioning systems for Land Rover, Toyota, Honda, Bentley and others. Here he was involved in many process improvements and new product introduction projects – including for Toyota, Honda and Land Rover in the UK.

“Throughout my career I have had a keen interest in manufacturing and production systems – from the small sub-supplier through to multi-national OEMs. LINPAC Allibert has always been a familiar name to me, and I have been asked to look at two key areas here – process developments and automation”, explained Kashif.

“Bringing assembly equipment and best practice to a successful production site is always challenging and something I’ve been looking forward to doing. I intend to use my experience of working with industry tools such as Six Sigma, lean manufacturing principles, line balancing and elements of just-in-time manufacturing to achieve tangible benefits for the organisation.

“I believe that any manufacturing or assembly process relies on operators that are skilled. My role is as much to ensure the machines and equipment work reliably and efficiently, as it is to train, educate, listen to, and improve the skills of the people that operate them. After all, the machines and the people using them are all part of the same process.”

Danilo Oliynik, General Manager of LINPAC Allibert UK and Ireland, commented: “Our continued investment in manufacturing facilities at Winsford involves ensuring we have experienced and talented people who can optimise our capabilities on-site. The appointment of Kashif enables us to develop both our people and our process efficiency.”

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