About

Ferrabyrne has built up a good reputation as the company philosophy is to provide total customer satisfaction. We believe that our comprehensive design, develop, manufacture and service offering remains the key to our success.

Certifications

Ferrabyrne is an ISO 9001:2015 company and holds IRIS certification TS 22163:2017. Our core strength lies in providing a design concept to final delivery service for all customers, large and small, with emphasis on improving product lifespans.

Ferrabyrne Ltd was formed in 1970 through the merger of Ferring Rubber & Plastics Ltd with Byrne Moulding & Engineering, both of which were established in the 1960’s. In the same year as the merger, the company moved to Lineside Industrial Estate in Littlehampton. Following continued growth, the company twice expanded its original premises but were then finally compelled to move in 1997.

Our current location in Littlehampton allows us to retain all our in-house services and for further expansion. Being located on England’s South Coast provides us with access to major roads and ports, ensuring ease of distribution to any part of the world.

Meet the Directors

Ken Horton, Managing Director

Ken qualified with KPMG and followed a career into Corporate Recovery. He took the decision to move into industry with a business which had been successfully recovered from insolvency and acquired by a PLC. He then moved through commercial and financial management roles, ending up as Managing Director.

Ken worked on the MBO of Ferrabyrne on a buy-in basis in 2004 and took on the role of Commercial Director, covering both the Sales and Finance departments of the Company. This has given direct involvement with all sales development activities as well as dealing with all funding requirements.

Ken took on the role of Managing Director in early 2012, increasing his span of responsibility to include all Operational and Technical departments and has actively been building a strong Senior Management Team for the business.

Darren Cosshall, Finance Director

A qualified Chartered Management Accountant since 1998. Darren has been involved at Board and Senior Management level for a number of SME’s and multinational corporations across a variety of diverse industry sectors from manufacturing, technology and the service industry.

Darren has a technical aviation engineering background which has been utilised with his professional qualification and international experience in the middle east, raising funds, sold and acquired businesses and implemented software solutions. Darren takes a hands-on approach to job costing, profitability and shop floor efficiencies, whilst keeping a firm grip on the company balance sheet and cashflow.

Mike Wood, Projects Director

After an HND and engineering apprenticeship, Mike took on a series of roles in IT, purchasing, customer account management and automotive design. Although his initial role upon joining Ferrabyrne in 2004 was in purchasing, his wide-ranging background and flexibility have enabled him to carry out broader roles and he has been promoted three times.

As Director of Projects, he is accountable for the majority of bid submissions and introduction of new projects through to production. Within this domain, he is responsible for organising and managing the Design Engineering department and control of the Toolroom facility.

Keith Pimm, Operations Director

Having over 20 years of procurement experience and 5 years of production experience in the electronics, medical and defence sectors Keith joined Ferrabyrne as Purchasing Manager. After a number of years Keith was promoted into a Production management role and for the last five years has taken responsibility for all Operations Management.

He still retains an overview of the procurement department. Keith has also managed a number of significant investment and improvement projects during the last two years and is now leading the introduction of a Continuous Improvement philosophy across the workplace.

Jeffrey Thorne, Sales Director

With over 30 years in the railway industry, Jeffrey has held a range of senior engineering, management and director positions in the UK and abroad with multinational companies involved in railway infrastructure and rolling stock.

From developing new designs and products, establishing a regional office and factories in China and India, developing regional OEM supply chains, Jeffrey led international sales and achieved market pre-eminence for his employer. Rising to Vice President Asia for a large railway multinational, Jeffrey returned to England and joined Ferrabyrne.