Our Team – A Plus Plastics

Our Team

A Plus Plastics is a successful family owned business based in South West Sydney. A Plus Plastics employs more than 50 staff members, all of whom are important members of the A Plus Plastics’ family.

The highly experienced A Plus Plastics team has built an industry leading reputation as being highly professional operators with many years of industry experience. Together, our tightknit team collaborates closely with clients to find solutions to complex problems wherever plastic injection moulding is required. And we have great fun doing it.

The commitment we show to our customers is also reflected in how we treat each other. Family values run deep at A Plus Plastics and when you work at A Plus Plastics you are not just another number. You are a part of our family.

Read more about members of A Plus Plastics’ team below.

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    Matt Holloway

    Managing Director

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    Matt Holloway Managing Director

    I am a passionate leader in Australia’s plastic injection molding and manufacturing industry. But this wasn’t always the plan – I had civil engineering on my mind when I graduated high school.
    But plans change.
    I joined the injection molding and manufacturing industry in 2005 with Sydney-based A Plus Plastics & Tooling, starting on the factory floor as a Die Setter, before moving into an Injection Molding Technician position.
    I learnt the business by getting down and dirty in the thick of it on the factory floor, gaining a Polymer Processing trade qualification through TAFE while developing first-hand experience in what success looks like in the injection molding and manufacturing industry.

    Taking this hands-on experience from the factory floor, I moved into Sales with A Plus Plastics & Tooling and into a Business Development Manager role in NSW, while undertaking a Business & Commerce Degree at the University of Western Sydney.

    As a BDM, I uncovered a deep passion for the business side of the injection molding and manufacturing industry. Interfacing with clients across a slew of industries and figuring out how we could work with them to help solve their problems and grow their business sat very well with me.

    This became my driving passion.

    That passion, combined with my hands-on factory floor experience and desire to move into business management, led to a leadership opportunity. In 2009 I accepted the Managing Director role at A Plus Plastics & Tooling. I have led A Plus Plastics & Tooling ever since, helping to drive the business forward and position it for sustained success.

    Strategic projects and initiatives I’ve overseen over the last decade as Managing Director of a successful Australian manufacturing business include:

    • Strategically repositioning the company from primarily being a contract molding operation to focusing on manufacturing our own proprietary products in order to reduce the company’s risk exposure to external factors.
    • Actively investing working capital into R&D to design innovative new product lines to cater to market demand, expand our offering and capitalise on market opportunities. From a modest start, we now have a suite of nearly 50 proprietary products in the market.
    • Identifying gaps in the market and designing and launching innovative new products to fill those gaps, such as the GEOHEX™ Erosion Control System.
    • Introducing sustainable sourcing wherever possible; a number of our products are now made from 100% recycled polypropylene.
    • Driving growth of our distribution network across all Australian states and territories.
    • Successfully pursuing international growth opportunities for A Plus Plastics products in overseas markets in New Zealand, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
    • Introducing automation (with a suite of 3-axis and 6-axis robots) into our manufacturing process, enabling much more efficient and economical production.
    • Driving organisational change and enhancing quality management standards company-wide and gaining both ISO 9001:2015 accreditation and HACCP accreditation.
    • Reviewing all manufacturing equipment and infrastructure (from lighting to the pumps on our injection molding machines) in our production facility and converting to energy efficient alternatives to reduce operating costs.
    • Establishing 3PL warehouses and distribution centres in strategic national locations to capitalise on market opportunities in Western Australia and Queensland.
    • Expanding the Sales team to capitalise on opportunities to grow our share of market.
    • Turning A Plus Plastics into a national leader in the injection molding and manufacturing industry and a multi-million dollar, future-focused company.
    • Vocally supporting the Australian manufacturing industry and campaigning to keep manufacturing work in Australia.

    Interested in pursuing

    • Opportunities to leverage my specialised, hands-on experience in the manufacturing industry to add value to other manufacturing organisations.
    • Board position (public, private, not-for-profit) opportunities that require business leadership experience in the manufacturing space.
    • Speaking opportunities at manufacturing industry events.
    • New avenues to promote and grow the Australian manufacturing industry.
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    Karl Zielinski

    Production

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    Karl Zielinski Production

    Karl Zielinski is A Plus Plastics’ Manufacturing and Operations Manager and leads our Production department. A qualified Moulding Technician and highly experienced in CAD/CAE, Karl brings over 30 years of plastic industry experience to A Plus Plastics and is well-versed in the various intricacies of injection moulding and robotics automation. As well as managing our Production team, Karl overseas A Plus Plastics’ manufacturing operations, while working closely with our clients to understand their challenges and deliver the best solutions.

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    Jim Tsiklieris

    Sales and Marketing

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    Jim Tsiklieris Sales and Marketing

    Jim Tsiklieris joined A Plus Plastics in 2016 and brings more than 30 years of Industrial Sales and Marketing experience to our team. As our National Sales & Marketing Manager, Jim closely manages relationships with A Plus Plastics’ key clients through executive customer service, sales and marketing management, and resourcing. Prior to joining A Plus Plastics, Jim held senior operational management roles in the steel and heavy industry.

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    Andrew Jensen

    Warehouse & Logistics

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    Andrew Jensen Warehouse & Logistics

    Andrew Jensen joined the A Plus Plastics team in 2014 and holds the position of Logistics Manager. Andrew is responsible for ensuring all client deliveries and inbound supply of materials are coordinated and managed to best support the business. Andrew brings 18 years of logistics and supply chain management experience to A Plus Plastics.

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    Donna Sheather

    Sales & Administration

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    Donna Sheather Sales & Administration

    Joining A Plus Plastics in 2011, Donna Sheather is often the first point of contact for inbound enquiries at A Plus Plastics. As our dedicated Customer Service Supervisor and Office Manager, Donna manages Accounts Receivable, New Accounts and Data Base Maintenance. A consummate all-rounder, Donna is also 2IC to our National Sales and Marketing Manager. Prior to joining A Plus Plastics, Donna ran her own bookkeeping business for 10 years.

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    Kristy Endicott

    Sales & Administration

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    Kristy Endicott Sales & administration

    Starting with A Plus Plastics in early 2017, Kristy Endicott holds the role of Customer Service Representative and is responsible for managing inbound enquiries, as well as processing orders, quoting jobs and distributing invoices. Prior to joining A Plus Plastics, Kristy enjoyed and decade-long career in customer service, including four years as an Export Coordinator in the logistics industry.

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    Deana Batters

    Sales & Administration

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    Deana Batters Sales & Administration

    Deana Batters joined A Plus Plastics in early 2017 after a decade in customer service, leadership, and accounts payable roles. Wearing multiple hats, Deana manages Accounts Payable and Payroll at A Plus Plastics while also overseeing specific HR functions.

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    Alissa Holloway

    Sales & Administration

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    Alissa HollowaySales & Administration

    Alissa Holloway is A Plus Plastics’ Human Resources Advisor & Business Change Manager and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wollongong. Working side by side with our Managing Director Matt Holloway and our National Sales & Marketing Manager Jim Tsiklieris, Alissa delivers HR and culture change insights that enable A Plus Plastic to make the best decisions for both employees and customers.

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    Jonathan Hardgraves

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    Jonathan HardgravesSales & Administration

    Jonathan Hardgraves is A Plus Plastics’ Financial Controller. Joining the team in 2017, Jonathan is responsible for financial and cost accounting functions, including reporting, costing, taxation, and financial analysis. Jonathan holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Macquarie University and is an Australian CPA. Prior to joining A Plus Plastics, Jonathan worked as a Senior Group Accountant at a large multinational corporation, and he leverages that experience in his key role with A Plus Plastics.

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    Andrew Holloway

    Tooling

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    Andrew HollowayTooling

    Andrew Holloway holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Product Design and is A Plus Plastics’ Industrial Designer and Project Coordinator. Qualified and experienced in industrial design, product design and 3D animation, Andrew manages design work on all A Plus Plastics projects while also maintaining all bookkeeping for the A Plus Plastics tooling department. Andrew joined the company as a teenager and has been a key member of the team ever since.

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    Mark Walters

    Tooling

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    Mark WaltersTooling

    Mark Walters is an Industrial Designer with more than 40 years of experience in the Plastics industry. As a skilled and experienced Industrial Designer with A Plus Plastics, Mark brings an enviable level of expertise to our team. Mark’s work for A Plus includes product design, CNC programming, Mould Design; he also oversees large-scale projects and liaises with our overseas partners on mould projects.