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VEKA

The world’s largest manufacturer of extruded uPVC systems, VEKA has factories in 40 countries across Europe, Asia, America and Russia. VEKA UK Group is the UK arm, located in Burnley and employing 380 people. VEKA invests in its people, products and services, to deliver the best customer experience in the industry.

Dave Jones

Managing Director, VEKA UK Group

Dave Jones is Managing Director of Lancashire-based VEKA UK Group, which has been operating in Burnley since 1986.

Dave began his career as an apprentice with ICI where he worked on PVC and engineering polymers, subsequently qualifying as a Polymer Chemist. He then became Technical Manager for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, with this work leading him to travel extensively throughout the UK and US.

Dave joined VEKA UK Group in 1994 as Operations Manager, and became Operations Director four years later. The role gave him a hands-on understanding of the inner workings of the business, its workforce and the complete, detailed supply chain, which meant he was well placed to ‘take the reins’ as MD in 2008.

VEKA is a global brand and with Dave at the helm, the UK arm of the organisation continues to evolve, innovate and invest in UK manufacturing. Since Dave joined the company, turnover has increased from £24m to £70m turnover and employee numbers have increased from 140 to over 300.

Dave is a founding member of the Burnley Bondholders and was instrumental in promoting Burnley to such an extent that it was named the ‘UK’s most enterprising area’ in 2013.