Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic injection moulding machines

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Manufacturer of the first injection moulding machine

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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is a German/Japanese company and a specialist in injection moulding machines for plastics processing.


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The Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK Team

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK is represented by four sales regions in the UK and Ireland


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Darren Herron - National Sales Manager,

Key Accounts & Precision

Darren Herron re-joined the company as Commercial Manager on 1st June 2012 after spending 4½ years in the banking and retail sector. Prior to this I worked at Demag Hamilton for over 11 years in various roles.

I am responsible for the day to day management of the South East area along with commercial duties and as a person I am focused on providing excellent customer service and increasing market awareness of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag products. My career started as an apprentice with Elster Metering which led to me becoming a Process Engineer thereafter, before first joining Demag Hamilton in 1996.

When I am not at work I enjoy cycling and football and I am an avid follower of England Rugby as well as the Bedford Blues.


Kevin Heap - Area Sales Manager

Packaging Specialist

Our Central Area Sales Manager & Packaging Specialist – Kevin Heap.

Kevin Heap re-joined the company as Area Sales Manager for the Central Region on 24th September 2012 after spending 10 years at Netstal in roles of Southern Area Sales Manager and Technical and Medical Business Unit Manager for the UK and Ireland.During his last spell at Demag Hamilton he held Area Sales Manager positions in both Northern and Central Regions over that 10 year period.

He started his career as an apprentice with a small sub contract engineering company in Northampton, finishing in the tooling design office,then moving onto Estimating and Technical Sales positions before leaving to join Boy Ltd as a Technical Sales Engineer. During 5 years he gained experience of specifying injection moulding machines and various Spaceminster ancillery products.

In his spare time he enjoys cycling, golf and keeping fit and is also a keen follower of Rugby and Football.


Ian Jobling - Area Sales Manager - North

Ian is a Degree qualified Plastics Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design, development, tooling and injection moulding of medical devices including drug delivery systems, point of care diagnostics, wound care and vital signs monitoring. He gained his experience at Perlos Healthcare (now Molex), Kinneir Dufort Design Ltd and Product Revolution Ltd an industrial design company he formed back in 2011 which he later sold to SONE Products Ltd a producer of cosmetic applicators and structural packaging.

Throughout his career Ian has received formal training relating to the production of medical device and cosmeceutical packaging both in and out of certified clean rooms in accordance with international standards. He has significant experience in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices in accordance with ISO 13485 Medical Devices, cGMP and FDA CFR Part 820.

During the earlier years of his career Ian was employed as a Hot Runner Systems Engineer for Synventive Moulding Solutions Ltd and as an Apprentice Process Technician at Wavin Plastics Ltd where he gained an HNC in Polymer Engineering.

Ian is responsible for business development activities in Ireland and Northern UK territories at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK.

Stephen Sutcliffe - Area Sales Manager - South

I am delighted to have joined Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, a world renowned name in the plastic injection moulding industry, as Area Sales Manager for the South of the UK.

 I join the company following 7  years as Head of UK Sales with Superior Seals, the largest UK  manufacturer of rubber Seals and O Rings, working closely with major OEM customers. Here I  developed a new set of account management skills to add to my many years of sales experience.

 I have  an extensive knowledge of selling injection moulding machines in the South of the UK, following 11 years with Arburg and 2 years with Boy. I have  experience in specifying machines for a variety of applications and managing bespoke projects that include robotics and automation. I have great ambitions for Sumitomo (SHI) Demag in the South of the UK, and plan use my years of experience to further enhance the company’s standing in this geographical area.

 I trained as an  apprentice  engineer with Anderson Strathclyde, before becoming a CNC programmer for Terex, both in Motherwell, Scotland. I then went on to gain a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Engineering Business Development.

 Outside of work, I am  a member of a triathlon club and have successfully completed a number of standard and middle distance triathlons. I have three Working Cocker Spaniels that demand lots of walks, regardless of the weather.

 I look forward to this next stage in my career with great anticipation and enthusiasm. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and building long and lasting relationships with my Sumitomo (SHI) Demag customers in the South of the UK.


Darren Vater-Hutchinson - Process & Training Engineer

My career in plastics started at Link Plastics as a trainee toolsetter, finally progressing to senior technician. From Link Plastics I moved to Plastic Omnium as a technician in the technical department. I then moved to BPTA where I spent 11 years, as a technical consultant. Prior to BPTA closing I joined Epson, as a senior within injection moulding department. During a period of three years I achieved a high accolade, a 'silver award' in the 37th global Epson injection moulding competition in Japan. The silver award achievement reflects globally a second place position. I was the first British person to enter such competition for Epson since manufacturing began in May 1999. 

I then rejoined PTIC (formerly BPTA) in 2012 and completed my Masters in 'Polymer Engineering Design' at the University of Wolverhampton. 

I have worked within the injection moulding industry for 30 years with exposure to trade moulding, automotive and IT consumables. 


UK Helpdesk

Our Technical Manager – Nick Stockton, started with Demag Hamilton as an apprentice engineer, and after a 5 year apprenticeship qualified to work as a fully fledged service engineer. Nick worked on the road fault finding on Demag injection moulding machines and our Customer Helpdesk. Nick is now managing the day to day operations of our After Sales team.

Nick is a keen Rugby Union supporter, following both England Rugby Union and London Wasps.


How to find us

Located in Aylesbury, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK is within easy reach of the M1, M40, M25 and M4 Motorways. There is also a direct rail link to London Marylebone.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery UK Ltd.
Accent House
Triangle Business Park
Wendover Road
Stoke Mandeville
Bucks HP22 5BL

Telephone: 01296 739500
Fax: 01296 739501

Directions to Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK (PDF)

Our Training Academy is located at :

Unit 1, Stephenson Close,

Daventry, NN11 8RF

Directions to the Training Academy (PDF)