New Zealand’s on-farm plastics recycler, Plasback is looking to the future with it’s appointment of a new Commercial Manager, Neal Shaw.
Neal will work with Plasback’s existing commercial manager, Chris Hartshorne, for a transition period of at least six months. He will then lead the company forward as it grows to recover ever larger volumes of waste plastic, introduces new products made from recycled plastic, and adapts to the government’s latest regulations on product stewardship.
Hartshorne welcomes Shaw to the Plasback team and says, while he has a lot to learn, he brings a wealth of experience in the agricultural industry. This includes many years in rural retail as well as working with government as the head of the efforts to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.
Shaw began his career as an agronomist with Pyne Gould Guinness in Ashburton before he shifted to Dunedin with Nufarm, where he was a technical sales rep. “Then I moved back to Ashburton to work for the Ashburton Trading Society. I was with ATS for 23 years and held the positions of general manager for operations, general manager of retail, and CEO,” he says.
“While I was CEO, we transformed the company from ATS to Ruralco, which gave it a national footprint without the bricks and mortar infrastructure of a traditional farm