Jim Algar has joined Ipswich printer Ancient House Press as production director. He was formerly group technical director of Polestar, running a number of plants, including the Sheffield super plant, before the group’s demise earlier this year.
Algar has his roots in East Anglia, having started his career in 1972 as an apprentice in Felixstowe. Among his roles at Polestar, was running its Colchester factory. He also ran Wyndeham's Heron factory in Maldon, both in East Anglia.
His position at Ancient House Press means looking after two Komori System 38 web presses and two long perfecting B1 sheetfed machines, one a Komori, the other a Mitsubishi T3000, along with associated finishing capacity.
It is a new position for the company, previously covered by operations director Paul Sadler. Sadler will now focus on implementation of the MIS and its integration while Algar takes full responsibility for the production side.
Algar heads a team of four senior managers amounting to more than 100 years' production experience covering a 24/6 production loading.
Ancient House Press is privately owned and employs 120 on the single print site. Turnover, more than £15 million annually, is already up for the year as the busy autumn period begins the company says. It is expanding its commercial team with recruitment of additional trainees and has established a marketing team to support the sales operation.
Other Polestar directors have also picked up prominent positions across the industry. Peter Andreou is chairman of Circle Printers which also employs David Gray as UK sales director, while James Povey is leading the sales effort for York Mailing's Chantry magazine plant.