The Expanded Metal Company hires top talent

July 21, 2022


UK-based The Expanded Metal Company has recruited a new business development manager into its ExMesh security products division.

Muhammad Short has joined the company based in Hartlepool to strengthen ExMesh’s market presence, increase the division’s profile and identify and secure new opportunities across a range of sectors, including utilities, transport, data centres and telecoms.

The Expanded Metal Company’s ExMesh range offers innovative, British-made fencing systems, gates and other security products which are designed to protect people, property and infrastructure from a broad array of threats.

Short has more than 16 years of experience in the security and fencing industries.

His return to the company was described as “accomplished” by it managing director Philip Astley

He started his career at The Expanded Metal Company, before joining security door specialist Sunray Engineering as a business development manager.

Short then undertook sales and export roles at security products manufacturer Bradbury Group before being appointed business development manager at Homegrown Timber (Rail) Ltd, where he worked in the fencing arm of the company.

ExMesh products are developed and manufactured at The Expanded Metal Company’s 25,000 sqm site in Hartlepool, which is a long-established global centre for expanded metal expertise.

The Expanded Metal Company, which has operated for more than 125 years, was the first UK fencing manufacturer to be awarded ‘Secured by Design’ status.

Philip Astley, managing director at The Expanded Metal Company said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Muhammad Short back to The Expanded Metal Company.

“He is an accomplished business development manager who has worked at the forefront of the security industry for many years, and brings with him a deep level of expertise and wide-ranging, practical installation experience.”

He added: “He understands the challenges faced by fencing contractors, security specialists and end users, and combines this with a real passion for the industry. It’s fantastic to have him on board.”

Commenting on his new role as business development manager at ExMesh, Muhammad Short praised the “highly-talented team” at the firm and was looking forward to supporting the growth of the business.

He added: “I’m very excited to be taking up this role at The Expanded Metal Company.

“The ExMesh division has a highly talented team behind it who are committed to solving physical security challenges across a number of key sectors. I am looking forward to supporting the growth of ExMesh in the security products market and meeting customers both old and new.”

The ExMesh range includes Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) LPS 1175 SR2 and SR3 rated security fencing systems, anti-climb measures and cages.

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In addition, ExMesh product offering also includes Securilath: rated up to LPCB LPS 1175 SR 3, it is the only security mesh range to be certified by the LPCB when applied to metal stud, timber stud and block walls.

And the division also manufactures ExMesh Fastrack, a fence system developed for the rail industry, and ExMesh Electra, designed for the electric and telecoms industries.

The Expanded Metal Company has a rich industrial heritage dating back to 1889 and was founded by John French Golding, the inventor and patentee of expanded metal.

It supplies high quality expanded metal mesh products for sectors including construction, filtration, engineering, transport, utilities, automotive, aerospace and architecture.

The company works closely with contractors and end users to create bespoke solutions for their projects, drawing on its extensive design and manufacturing expertise, and high-class production capabilities.

It stocks and supplies a wide range of high quality expanded metal mesh products and offers specialist capabilities in metal work, such as cutting, welding, drilling, punching, shearing and roll forming.

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