Director Retires After 27 Years Helping to Make the Gripple Fastener a Global Success
2nd August 2016
A director at Gripple, Sheffield's celebrated manufacturer, has retired after joining the company 27 years ago, shortly after the launch of the Gripple fastener, and leaving as the innovation is a world-beating success.
Sheffield-born Andy Davies, who arrived at Gripple after holding senior positions at Stanley Tools and Marks and Spencer in the city, was looking for a challenge and found it at Gripple. In 1989 Andy was appointed Gripple sales manager and in 2000 he was appointed to the main board as business development director. In 2011 he became chairman of Gripple's GLIDE board, which represents all employees who are shareholders in the employee-owned company. Now Andy will contribute towards Gripple's continued success as a non-executive director.