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Ambitious pipe stockholder appoints new UK managing director


Special Piping Materials, the leading stockholder and supplier of pipes, fittings and flanges has appointed Alex Forth as the new Managing Director in the UK, as well as Regional Director across Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Alex is an industry expert, having been with the Group for 11 years, previously heading up the Singaporean and Australian divisions and being fundamental in establishing the office in Dubai. He will be based in Dukinfield, Cheshire which is also the global headquarters for the company.

Founded in 1989, Special Piping Materials is an established market leader in the exotic piping industry. It has grown from a single office in Manchester to a global network of seven sales offices and warehouses across five continents. With Alex steering the course, the company plans to continue on its growth trajectory by diversifying into different markets and leveraging its global network.

Alex will work to coordinate project work across the UK, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, while reinforcing Special Piping Materials’ commitment to its clients and stakeholders.

He joins the company’s senior management team which is led by Founder Les Buckley and Group Director Paul Buckley. In Singapore, Steve Chee has taken over as General Manager, while Mark Davey continues to operate as Sales Director in the company’s Perth office.

Commenting on his appointment, Alex said: “With the oil and gas market stabilising I believe that Special Piping Materials is in an extremely strong position. We have spent the past few years consolidating our systems and ensuring that our processes are more streamlined than ever before which allows us to better support our global client base. I am looking forward to taking the team to new heights.”

Founder Les Buckley said: “This is a very exciting time for the business as we look to new markets to drive our expansion plans and further strengthen our reputation.

“Alex has been an integral member of the team for many years now and his focus and expertise means that I’m confident in his ability to take the business forward by renewing relationships with current clients, while also forging new relationships in unexplored markets.”