The Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the trade body of the UK’s aluminium sector, has announced the appointment of a new President.

Giles Ashmead, managing director of Powdertech (Corby) Ltd, was previously Vice-President of the Aluminium Federation, and succeeds Adrian Platt.

Powdertech is one of the UK’s leading metal finishing companies, focusing on the construction, automotive and rail sectors. The company has been involved in many headline construction projects such as the Shard, the ‘Cheesegrater’ and St Pancras Station, and coats components for JLR and train projects such as Hitachi IEP and Eurostar. Giles has been a member of the Aluminium Federation’s Board since 2009, and has chaired both the Aluminium Finishing Association and its successor, the ALFED Finishing Cluster.

“I am delighted to welcome Giles as ALFED President,” said Will Savage, Aluminium Federation chief executive. “He has great technical knowledge, as well as experience in the aluminium sector and on the ALFED Board. Giles also played a key role in the smooth transition of the Aluminium Federation from an amalgamation of smaller associations, including the Aluminium Finishers Association, to a new direct membership model in 2015."