A Q&A session with our UK Head of Operations, Terry Goodwin. 

Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your role within Kytun?

Hi, my name is Terry and I am Head of Operations for Kytun, overseeing our UK manufacturing division.

I have 42 years of experience within various areas of manufacturing and enjoy the challenges of working within the construction sector.

Within Kytun, I ensure that all manufacturing processes adhere to the highest standards, and that we work with top-quality materials. Additionally, I work closely with designers and product developers within the sector.

What inspired you to pursue a career in construction?

My journey into the construction industry wasn’t exactly planned—it was more of a happy accident! I started out in contract moulding, and some of this work was on various building products. I then found myself falling into the construction sector naturally. My skills and knowledge of production processes were easily transferable to the manufacturing of construction products.

From your perspective, what skills or qualities are crucial for success in your position?

In this line of work, a few key skills and qualities stand out as crucial. Firstly, clear thinking is essential—you need to be able to see the big picture and make informed decisions. Problem-solving skills are also a must-have, as challenges inevitably arise in manufacturing. Effective people management is another vital aspect, ensuring that teams work together harmoniously to achieve goals. And of course, a deep understanding of production processes is fundamental.

Can you share a memorable project you’ve worked on and what made it special?

One of the most notable projects I spearheaded was the establishment of a factory dedicated to producing parts for the cosmetic industry. It stands out as a significant achievement due to the comprehensive scope and rapid execution. This included the commissioning of all manufacturing equipment, installing utilities, chillers, material handling systems, robots, downstream printers, and auto assembly equipment.

The project was completed within a remarkably swift timeline of six months.

How do you think technology is impacting the construction industry, and how have you adapted to these changes?

While it’s true that the construction industry traditionally relies heavily on established methods and materials, technology is undeniably starting to make its mark in changing our manufacturing methods. From my perspective, technology’s influence may not be as overt as in some other sectors, but it is steadily transforming how we operate.

I have witnessed significant advancements within manufacturing processes and have seen many changes in the way we manufacture products.  The evolution of technology within injection moulding, for instance, has been fantastic.

I do my best to keep abreast of emerging technologies that can help improve our manufacturing methods, to ensure that we can adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.

What keeps you motivated in your job?

I have never had a feeling of ‘it’s a job’. I see each day as a new challenge, I enjoy working in the industry and look to improve every day.

How do you see the future of sustainable construction evolving, and what role do you think Kytun will play in it?

The future of sustainable construction is undoubtedly promising, with an increasing emphasis on eco-friendliness and resource conservation. At Kytun, we take pride in producing products crafted from recycled materials and can also be recycled at end of Life. We aim to contribute significantly to the industry’s sustainability goals and foster a greener, more sustainable future.

If someone were interested in pursuing a career similar to yours, what advice would you offer them?

I would strongly encourage starting with an apprenticeship in manufacturing. It provides invaluable hands-on experience and a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the industry. From there, consider specializing in a specific area that aligns with your interests and strengths. Additionally, never underestimate the power of continuous learning and professional development. Be adaptable and always strive for excellence in your craft.

For more information on our manufacturing, fabrication or design capabilities, get in touch with our Kytun experts today via our online contact form or call us on +44 (0) 1684 293702