Surface Transforms welcomes Matthew Taylor and Julia Woodhouse to its Board as Independent Directors

– UK, Ellesmere Port –  Surface Transforms Plc (LON: SCE), manufacturers of carbon fiber reinforced ceramic automotive brake discs, today announced the appointments of Matthew Taylor and Julia Woodhouse to its Board as independent non-executive directors with immediate effect.

“We are delighted to welcome both Matthew and Julia to the Board of the Company. Their considerable experience within multi-site, multinational large companies in the automotive industry will be invaluable not just in terms of the expansion of our existing Knowsley factory, but also when we move beyond this phase and expand the Company to other manufacturing locations and working with further automotive customers. We are all looking forward to working with our new colleagues.” said Board Chairman, David Bundred.

About Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor joins the Board after retiring from his role as CEO of Bekaert SA in 2020. Bekaert SA is a €5billion revenue, 30,000 employee global steel wire business headquartered in Belgium with 45% of its business in automotive. Before this role, Matthew was CEO of Edwards Vacuum, CEO of JC Bamford, and Global MD of Land Rover following his early career in sales and marketing roles with Ford after a short spell in the Royal Navy.

About Julia Woodhouse

Julia Woodhouse also joins the Board after spending her executive career with Ford Motor Company where her roles included Director, Global Power Train Purchasing, based in the USA, and Director, Global Chassis Purchasing, based in Germany. She retired from Ford in 2018 and is currently a non-executive director of Outokumpu a leading global stainless steel manufacturer based in Helsinki. Julia is also a member of the RICS Standards and Regulations Board.

About Surface Transforms

Surface Transforms plc. develops and produces carbon‐ceramic material automotive brake discs. The Company is the UK’s only manufacturer of carbon‐ceramic brake discs, and only one of two mainstream carbon-ceramic brake disc companies in the world, serving customers that include major OEMs in the global automotive markets.

The Company utilizes its proprietary next-generation Carbon Ceramic Technology to create lightweight brake discs for high‐performance road and track applications for both internal combustion engine and electric vehicles. While competitor carbon‐ceramic brake discs use discontinuous chopped carbon fiber, Surface Transforms interweaves continuous carbon fiber to form a 3D matrix, producing a stronger and more durable product with improved heat conductivity compared to competitor products; this reduces the brake system operating temperature, resulting in lighter and longer life components with superior brake performance. These benefits are in addition to the benefits of all carbon‐ceramic brake discs vs. iron brake discs: weight savings of up to 70%, longer product life, consistent performance, reduced brake pad dust, and corrosion-free.

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