Holts Manufacturing

Made in Newquay, Shipped Across the World

Holt Lloyd products are sold across the world, but we’re proud that they’re manufactured here in the UK. Our manufacturing facility in Newquay, Cornwall, produces products for all 4 of our brands to be shipped around the globe.

As a UK brand since 1919, it’s important to us that we retain this British heritage. By making products here, we not only ensure we’re part of the UK manufacturing industry, we also employ local staff throughout the supply chain.

24 Hour Production

The factory runs multiple production lines to manufacture different kinds of products throughout the year, from aerosols to paints to fuel additives. All products are tested at the on-site facilities to ensure quality, and the plant operates 24 hours a day to keep the products rolling off the line and into stores.

 

Meet the Newquay Team

There are 45 permanent members of staff at the factory and many other contract workers, who perform a variety of roles such as operating production lines, mixing products, quality and safety, admin and logistics.

Here you can meet a few of the key team members to learn about working at Holts.

Belinda Brain: Commodity Scheduler as part of the Planning and Materials section at Newquay

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“I deal with 25 suppliers who source the raw materials we use in our production.  I deal with the suppliers who provide containers (bottles and cans), closures (caps, valves, actuators, dustcaps), labels and sleeves.  The suppliers are predominantly in this country but we source direct from the US, China and Czech Republic and indirectly from across Europe.  Our aim is to source the materials ‘just in time’ so that there is as little in store as possible.  In the ideal world we would take delivery, make it, and ship it out almost in the same day – and this can and does happen. 

I moved to Cornwall in 2013 and joined here on a temporary basis in November 2013 and became a permanent employee in May 2014.  I had never worked in a production environment before – it is a little different from the Banking IT world I came from – and I continue to learn something new every single day.  It is interesting to join somewhere as a relative newbie and also be one of the oldest staff on site!

 

There are some great people that work for our company, who care passionately about what they do and it is great to join such a team.  Many of the people down in Newquay have been there for a good number of year so have an abundance of experience and knowledge that I can only hope to glean in the years to come.  I look forward to the new challenges we face in the coming months.”

Jonathan Pascoe: Process Supervisor at Newquay

 

Jon Pascoe

“My job is to produce products to plan, test them to meet the QC standards set by the technical department, and to provide the filling lines with quality product on time.

I’ve been with the company over 33yrs!

Best thing about working at Holts is the working environment as like life in general is made all the better by having good people around you.

 I have a great team of guys to work with; my working life would be far more difficult without their commitment, knowledge and hard work.”

Paul Brooks: Production Manager at Newquay

Paul Brooks

“My role within Holt Lloyd is that of Production Manager, I am responsible for all activities relating to the manufacture of all Holts, Simoniz, Redex and Prestone products made at the Newquay facility. This includes the quality of everything produced to ensure it meets our high standards, the productivity of all lines to ensure that plans and schedules are adhered to. It takes a team of up to 76 dedicated people, to run the production department during periods of high demand and it is my responsibility to ensure that we are coordinated and all pulling in the same direction for the benefit of our customers and the business alike.   

There are 3 distinct areas within manufacturing which pull together to ensure that the products produced meet our exacting criteria for outstanding quality and performance, these are mixing, up to 4 people on each shift are required to blend the chemicals that are used make the products. Setting, up to 3 people per shift required to set the filling lines and ensure that the lines are correctly maintained. Then up to 55 packers and line leaders across potentially 3 shifts, who, at the sharp end are responsible for putting all those components together into the high class products you see on the shelves today.

 

Main day to day duties involve various meetings with supervisors and managers to map out a plan of action for that day/week and to ensure we have enough people and resources in place to achieve targets. We also discuss the previous day’s metrics, what went right, what went wrong and what we can do to better. Indeed improving quality, productivity and safety are the other keys factors of the role which I am heavily involved with, these include the acquisition of new plant and machinery, managing simultaneous productivity, quality, waste reduction and process improvement projects with a team of people whom I rely on heavily and who contribute no end of ideas and data to help make the right decisions.

I joined Spectra Automotive and Engineering Products (which after various acquisitions became Holt Lloyd) back in April 1984, by the time you read this article I will have just completed 32 years of service and they say there’s no such thing as a job for life anymore, I beg to differ, although sometimes it does feel like 2 lives worth.