New MD in at North East plastics group

Gateshead-based Omega Plastics Group has appointed a new managing director.

Craig Swinhoe will lead the plastics injection moulding and tooling group, taking over from Dave Crone, who has held the position since 2006. He has over 15 years of experience as a corporate lawyer and partner, working at two prominent North East law firms, most recently as a partner at Muckle.

Swinhoe moved into company management in 2015, and was group managing director at Quantum Pharma prior to accepting the new role. His appointment is part of a succession plan for Dave Crone and his fellow shareholder and former chair, Chris Thompson.

Crone will move into the role of executive chair, a part-time role that will involve guiding Swinhoe as well as using his engineering experience to provide technical and operational support to the group’s key customers. Thompson will continue in a non-executive role.

"I’m delighted to have been appointed to this role during an exciting period at Omega Plastics Group," Swinhoe said. "

The move to Team Valley earlier this year and the opportunities that this has afforded the Group already in the form of new contract wins has been absolutely fantastic.

"It is my job now to harness this success and work with the fantastically talented teams at Omega Plastics and Signal Plastics to build on the momentum.

"Dave, Chris and the team have done a great job over the past 13 years to grow the business from an SME with six employees to where it is today as a multimillion-pound turnover North East Company of the Year winner, with over 110 employees at two enviable manufacturing facilities.

"I look forward to working together with Dave, Chris and rest of the team to help OPG reach new heights.”

Executive chairman Dave Crone added: "This is the start of an exciting new phase for the Omega Plastics Group.

"Craig’s appointment is part of a planned succession plan for myself and Chris. "We have excellent technical engineering skills throughout the business but Craig will bring a different and complimentary strategic and commercial skillset and approach to build upon our business strategy and help drive OPG forward."