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Yes…the Christmas Tree 2022 is officially up.  Great early work by Ellie to achieve yet another epic win for us.  Have to say brilliantly decorated as well after some very questionable offerings in recent years (mentioning no names) So Merry Christmas to everyone and a very happy new year.  Just a quick aluminium finishing themed Christmas cracker joke that few will get..”why didn’t the aluminium extrusion get anodised??..because it was foiled!” Boom we’re on all week.

Sherwood Group were delighted to announce the appointment recently of Milburn Paterson as Operations Manager for Inal 2020 Ltd at its Manchester site.  

Milburn a 37 year veteran of aluminium and manufacturing brings with him a huge range of skills and experience from his time spanning 3 decades as MD of a key aluminium processor, an aluminium extruder, and more recently as CEO of an automotive tier supplier.


Milburn has many contacts over the years with Inal and is very well known to most of the staff, indeed his son Connor joined us as a graduate on NBD earlier in the year, it is like a homecoming in many ways.  Milburn’s knowledge of  troubleshooting, organisation, change management, quality and efficiency are second to none in the industry, and already we can see the difference he has made.

A family man Milburn is married to Kim and has two grown up sons Connor and Kieran, and a dog Pippa which by my maths would make Mil about 4th in the pecking order.  

Born in Scotland a fisherman of some note Milburn is an Everton fan so like many of us knows disappointment pain and hurt but most importantly ambition!

“Making a welcome return to mainstream aluminium as part of the Sherwood Group was an opportunity to good to miss”  said Milburn, and we’re excited to have him.

Milburn pictured with Pippa below…Milburn’s on the right by the way.

Great week at Inal 2020 when we played host to one of our American export customers, just prior to shipping a full container of processed extrusions to the US.  After a few days at the factory and enjoying the local highlights, Connor Patterson Liverpool fan, made the ultimate sacrifice in escorting the MD Ed to see Man Utd v Sheriff in the Europa League. This proved a fitting finale a first “soccer match” for Ed much high fiving followed as traditional British beer flowed.  Team Inal were at their very best, well done everyone involved we were awesome.

UB Plastics is pleased to confirm an acquisition by Sherwood Group.

Sherwood Group – comprising Sherwood Stainless and Aluminium, Neville Precision Engineering and Inal 2020 – based in Wolverhampton is an ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified privately owned specialist supplier and fabricator of aluminium extrusion, stainless steel & aluminium coil, stainless steel sheets and special finish lighting products for industry.

UB Plastics inhabits over 70,000 sq ft of space in Burton, with 40 staff operating 25 product lines, 6-axis robots and in-mould labelling, creating innovative products for customers including beverage giants Diageo (Guiness), Carlsberg, Molson and ice-cream market leader Graphics Packaging.  

The company led by Andy Cox and Steven Brown design and manufacture all their products at their factory situated in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.

“We’ve known Terry and Paul at Sherwood Group for a long time” said Andy Cox, Director UB Plastics. “In fact, Roy Caswell who was part of the UB founding team in 1983, has been close to Terry and Paul even before Sherwood Group became a trading entity in 1990.”

“We’re excited at UB Plastics. It’s the right move at the right time. Sherwood have demonstrated their market leadership in recent years and the acquisition helps us firstly secure the business and access investment for growth without losing focus on core markets”.

“We’re looking forward to working with some of the best people in the aluminium industry and see an exciting future for the combined business and our customers”, he added.

“We’re thrilled to complete this deal” said Paul Thurston, Sherwood Group co-founder. 

“In joining the Sherwood Group, UB Plastics immediately offers new products and new markets as well as huge opportunities for existing customers looking for specialist composite support and plastic injection moulding.” 

“With a rise in use and specification of industrial plastics and composites in some of our key sectors, it was the right time to make a strategic investment to bring this capability in-house. In so doing, it will provide product design and financial benefits to customers looking to pool their buying with suppliers able to provide a comprehensive offering” he added.

Fantastic day at Pride Park Derby on Thursday at a very select supplier day. The launch including a virtual factory tour of what will possibly be the largest single roof building in Europe was exceptional. We are proud at INAL 2020 to be one of the selected few in the supply chain a chain that will drive this sea change in how construction delivers affordable and sustainable housing.

Indications that the UK/Iceland fishing disputes of the 70’s never really went away were evidenced in Iceland today when our co owner Paul Thurston on a holiday fishing trip was caught at odds with a local angler Rumours that the high cost of dining out in Iceland has led to a dispute in fishing rights between locals and visitors are at a heightened level and the adage teach a man to fish and you’ll save him a fortune dining out has never been more profound.

Circuit Braking news from Manchester as the sites first EV arrived today, driven by none other than proud custodian our commercial graduate Connor Paterson.  This acquisition is an extension of CEO Michael Horan’s company-wide commitment to embrace environmental considerations as a key part of all future decisions.  This and other similar polices will further underpin our much-vaunted successes in the aluminium green sector generally…It’s good to give back.

Great day at Buxton last week when the Sherwood Group Management Team met for a day/night strategy meeting outlining our plans and intentions over the next five years. Chaired by Michael Horan CEO it was a day that left people excited about the prospects going forward…now the real work begins

Great to announce the appointment of Milburn Paterson as Operations Manager at Inal 2020.  Starting in September Milburn will take over all aspects of production and planning at Inal and contribute to the wider senior team within the Sherwood Group. 

Milburn will bring a wealth of experience to us, and we are all excited to welcome him.  On a personal note, I’ve worked with Milburn one way or another for over 30 years and can vouch for his unique leadership and problem-solving ability amongst many other key attributes.

The future just got brighter!

Congratulations go out to our own Kelly Collins. Kelly has been at Inal now for over 8 years and we are delighted to say has been promoted today to Account Manager. This reflects the fantastic contribution she has made over the years, and the passion, dedication and enthusiasm she brings to everything she does. We are proud to have her as part of the team.