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White - Factory Manager.Glass Processing/PV Solar - Sunderland, England, UK

Ken White

Sunderland, England, UK


I am a Glass Industry Professional who has worked in the industry for almost 40 years, 30 years of which have been at a production management level. I am a team player, and an organisational and people manager, who knows that a company's capability, strength, and long-term future is determined almost entirely by the quality of it'semployees. I am a professional manager, with a technical and commercial education and training. I also possess a can do attitude and many transferable skills, both of which can benefit any business.


Factory Manager.Glass Processing/PV Solar


The positions I have held since the completion of my initial training have either built on or complemented a solid foundation in both organisational and people management, for the most part, in the Glass Manufacturing and Processing Industry. I am a 'team player' who understands the need to involve all levels in the decision making process. I am ‘a people manager' who knows that a company’s capability, strength, and long-term future is determined almost entirely by the quality of its employees, however I am customer biased too; 'professional relationships' with customers ensure long-term mutual success.
I am a Glass Industry Professional who has a significant number of years oif Production Management experience to offer of working for a Glass Specialist, and includes the manufacture of both standard and BIPV PV Solar Modules.

Work History

PV Solar Surveyor/ Direct Sales

Self Employed

From August 2012

Since becoming self employed I have represented several PV Solar Installation Companies. I have provided them with a Surveying and a Direct Sales service in the North East of England, Yorkshire, and Scotland. The Direct Sales have been mainly Domestic PV Solar Sales, but have also included a number of Commercial installations too.
The companies I have represented have included 'a Solar Care/British Gas partnership', Save Heat Energy, who I am still associated with, and more recently, I have started to provide a Surveying Service to Solar Century, who are Project Managing the installation of Domestic PV Solar systems in the UK market on behalf of 'a Hanergy/IKEA supply partnership'.

1987-2012 - ROMAG


Up to May 2012

From the summer of 2010 I was responsible for the supply of the Photovoltaic Kits (PV Kits) into the market to meet what has proven to be a growing demand for this type of product and service. My role included the responsibility for the procurement and purchasing of the many components which are required in addition to the PV modules manufactured by Romag, to enable the successful installation of mainly domestic sized PV kits (between 1.2 -4 kWp) but also a number of commercial sized PV kits (>4 kWp) too. During this time I provided the technical and specification support to both our customers and sales team, and either provided or coordinated the supply of many varied quotations. Also during this time I was responsible for coordinating the sales orders from the enquiry stage to the assembly and delivery of the PV kit to our customer's specific and often bespoke requirements.


Tempering and Heat Soaking Department/Factory

addition to managing our Product specific Toughening, Heat Strengthening and Heat Soaking Standards, I have been part of a management team for around 25 years with the responsibility of maintaining our Quality Assurance Standards which have ranged from MOD AQAP 4, in the early days of my employment at Romag, through to the present day BS EN ISO 9001-2008 standard. During this time, and particularly since 2004, I have also been part of an Internal Audit Team.


Reporting to the CEO of Romag Holdings I was responsible for a wide range of projects to include the setting up of a Glass Processing Factory from a 'shell state unit', and the construction of a new Glass Processing Factory from a 'green field site'.
The original brief was to identify ways of either improving our capability or reducing the operating costs of the Romag Glass Products business. Both were mainly achieved through capital investment; a number of Glass Processing machines were procured and installed which resulted in some of the processes becoming more automated and this, in turn, enabled sub-contract work to be brought back 'in-house', thus reducing costs. The new processes also improved the company's capability.
Another major part of my work during this time was to evaluate all orders received into the Romag Glass Products Business with the objective of carrying out a contract review and deciding which plant would manufacture the orders the most efficiently.
A decision was then taken by the Company's Board to re organise the Romag Group of companies, and this ultimately resulted in the floatation of the 'Display Product Range' part of the Romag Glass Products Business; and a resultant name change to Zytronic PLC. My involvement during this time was to organize the transfer of the equipment and processes, which no longer belonged to the new company, into a 20,000ft² factory unit acquired by the Romag Group. The factory unit was situated on the same industrial estate as the Group's Architectural Factory at Leadgate, Consett. In addition to this, I also organized both the construction of new Glass Processing 20,000ft² factory and procured and installed the new Glass Process Equipment required for this factory's operation. The new processes included Screen Printing, Glass Tempering and associated Glass Processing equipment. The new facility linked both the acquired factory and the remainder of the factories on this site, and provided a core Glass...



Romag Glass Products manufactured a wide range of glass, polycarbonate and acrylic laminates, both for the national and international market place. The laminates manufactured ranged in complexity from simple Safety Glasses to the more complex constructions incorporating Heating, EMI Shielding and Ballistic Performance Capabilities. The targeted markets for the company's products were Displays (e.g. Cash Dispensers Screens), Bullet Proof Glazing for Vehicles, Ship Windows, Train Windows, Light Diffusers, Bullet Proof Visors, Machine Guards and a range of EMI Shielding products. The company was registered to ISO9002 standard and my responsibilities as a Production Manager were wide ranging and encompassed many disciplines to include: Management of many complex process associated with this industry; Buying and Procurement of materials from both the national and international market place; "Sourcing and Organization" of Subcontractors, nationally and internationally; Recruitment; Training; and Management of around 70 people.



Responsible for the management of a private company contracted with the Government's Manpower Services Commission to provide an employment experience for the long-term unemployed. The agency consisted of 250 employment places, which were divided into 15 projects. The projects were mainly Youth and Community Centre based but also included two Sports Centres and an Outdoor Activities Centre.
During my employment with the YMCA I also held offices on the board of management of Fencehouses YMCA, and as Secretary/Honary Treasurer of the North East YMCA Secretaries Association.



Responsible for the safe efficient control and operation of a Factory manufacturing Basalt Ceramic.
Supervisory responsibility for a small staff consisting of An Assistant, a Foundry Foreman and General Workers.


Responsible for the decorating and processing of all glassware manufactured on shift, which entailed the safe and efficient control and operation of a plant, highly automated in parts, consisting of Annealing Lehrs, Glass Tempering Lines, and Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic Screen-Printing machines.
Supervisory responsibility for approximately 80 staff consisting of Charge Hands, Semi-Skilled Operators and General Workers.


Responsible for the safe movement and storage of all glassware manufactured, associated materials used, and for the the general housekeeping of the factory.




I received a well-structured training in all aspects of Glass Manufacturing and First Line Management.

Qualifications & Certifications


Glass Manufacture and Industrial Administration



Occupational Safety and Health




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