Automotive supplier reveals new CEO as losses slashed

Credit: Autins

Gareth Kaminski-Cook

Manufacturer Autins has announced the appointment of Andrew Bloomer as its new CEO, who takes the helm from Gareth Kaminski-Cook. 

The Rugby-based automotive insulation supplier also reported that its losses after tax were cut to £900k in 2023, after a loss of £3.3m in 2022. 

Revenue was boosted by 20% to £22.7m off the back of 11 new customer wins; six in the UK and Sweden and five in Germany, including supply into the all-electric Nissan Leaf, various JLR vehicles, Fisker Ocean, Lamborghini and several tiers.

Bloomer joins the group with extensive experience of the European automotive manufacturing industry, particularly with electric vehicles and specialist fibre applications.

He has held the role of Sales & Marketing Director EMEA – Thermal Ceramics at listed Morgan Advanced Materials since March 2020.

Here, Bloomer had commercial responsibility for a £150m division of a UK plc across entities in UK, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates & South Africa.

Since joining Morgan Advanced Materials in 2014, Bloomer has held various commercial management positions, including leading their Global Automotive business. He has also previously worked at Unipart Eberspächer, DENSO & Jaguar Land Rover.

Adam Attwood, Chair of Autins Group, commented: “I am delighted to announce that Andy will be joining us as CEO. His very relevant industry experience and commercial focus will enable us to maximise the increasing opportunities that we are currently seeing in the automotive market and accelerate our growth.

“I would also like to thank Gareth personally and on behalf of the Board for his dedicated service over the past five years, resulting in the start of the recovery of the business over the past 12 months. We all wish Gareth well in the future.”

Gareth Kaminski-Cook, Chief Executive, said: “The Group has navigated its way through a turbulent few years and is now on an upward trajectory, delivering a stronger financial performance during 2023. With an overall improvement in the automotive market, we will continue to focus on developing our commercial capability to deliver sales growth and maximise the opportunity we have with our Neptune-R material, especially in electric vehicles. 

“I am delighted to be handing over to Andy Bloomer who brings a very deep knowledge of the automotive industry and has a very strong commercial background. It has been a great honour to lead the Group over the past 5 years and I am confident that Andy will successfully deliver Autins’ next stage of sales led growth”