Corrugated packaging manufacturer Durham Box has appointed Percy Sowden as the company’s new general manager.

Mr Sowden began his career in engineering, where he amassed over 25 years of experience in various engineering and project management positions. He transition into manufacturing 12 years ago when he joined Nissan Motor Manufacturing. Subsequently, he ventured into the corrugated packaging industry, working with several companies in the UK and across the Middle East.

With a background in engineering and manufacturing, Mr Sowden is said to, ‘bring a wealth of experience and a forward-thinking approach to the role.’

Dan Morris, Durham Box managing director, said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Percy to our team where his experience will play a key role in shaping the next stage of our growth. I look forward to seeing him make a difference in his role, helping to build the foundations for the business to thrive as we continue to expand in the years to come.’

Recently, Logson Group, the UK’s largest independent supplier of corrugated packaging, acquired a majority shareholding in Durham Box.

In his new role, Mr Sowden will be responsible for the day-to-day management of site activities, with a strong focus on future-proofing the business in terms of process optimisation, strategic investments and staff development.

‘Durham Box has grown significantly over recent years and is in a strong position to continue that growth,’ the new Durham Box general manager commented. ‘It is a good solid business and is a great place to work. Having a diverse background from different industries, I bring a broad range of expertise to the team and will be looking to build a short, medium and long-term plan around how we manage operational excellence and business growth.’