Mike Jordan, Plastics Industry Ambassador 2021

Managing Director of Summit Systems, Mike Jordan, is honoured to have received the prestigious Plastics Industry Ambassador Award at this year’s Plastics Industry Awards.


This year marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, held at The Waldorf Hilton and attended by many industry professionals, with 17 awards being presented for innovation, hard work, and dedication to the industry over the last 12 months.

The nominees for the Plastics Industry Ambassador Award are by tradition, put forward at the discretion of the judging panel, but for the first time in 2021 nominations were submitted by industry peers, and the numbers were high.

It was with Mike’s commitment, forward-thinking, and perseverance that saw him receive this accolade.

Plastics Industry Ambassador Award winner, Mike Jordan

Mike has been a constant face at the forefront of the industry having worked in the trade for almost 40 years. A highly respected and successful plastics ancillary equipment supplier, Mike established Summit Systems in 1989 and has continued to develop the company, concurrently supporting the industry, and maintaining a distinguished reputation amongst his peers.

Unfortunately, Mike was unable to attend the Awards Evening, the first he has missed since its launch in 2001, but he was able to send a pre-recorded message of thanks, with his son Dan Jordan, accepting the award on his behalf.

Via video message from sunny Mauritius, Mike expressed his appreciation and respect to the Plastics Industry Awards, the BPF, and the industry, “I love this plastics industry, there are so many talented people within it, and so many talented suppliers and customers,” he continued by voicing his admiration to his Summit Systems colleagues, “I am privileged to be part of Summit Systems. That team inspires me on a daily basis and without them it wouldn’t be worth getting up in the morning.”

Mike Jordan, Plastics Industry Ambassador Award

Returning to the UK the following week, Mike was presented his award, with it ultimately taking pride of place in his office. “I am still full of appreciation for this award I have received, and I cannot thank my industry peers enough for this recognition – I just love this industry and the people in it.”

Special thanks go to the Plastics Industry Awards for hosting another amazing event, and many congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the evening.

Summit Systems’ defence screens “a fantastic example of clever innovation” says MP

The MP for Tamworth has described a unique new range of protective plastic screens being produced by Summit Systems as “a fantastic example of some clever innovation and skill.”

Christopher Pincher MP visited the manufacturer, located on the town’s Vanguard Industrial Estate, to find out more about how the ‘Summit Defence’ range of screens, designed to keep social settings safe from – and even prevent – Covid-19 are produced as lockdowns ease.

The screens are made using a special type of flexible film and a unique magnetic click-release mechanism to enable easy attachment to desks, walls or workspaces.

Unlike many of the existing protective screens on the market, they are not made from rigid plastic and use a material that is in ready supply, making lead times shorter.

Summit has so far supplied variations of the screens to schools, NHS trusts across the country and businesses overseas.

During the visit, Mr Pincher heard from Summit’s Managing Director, Mike Jordan, who came up with the idea for the screens, about plans for further expansion, as a result of orders increasing week-on-week.

The MP then had a tour of the company’s assembly line and shared ideas as to how he could help boost business.

Following the tour, Mr Pincher said: “This is a fantastic example of some clever innovation and skill by a Tamworth business. Mike Jordan and his team saw the opportunity to re-design and then patent a more flexible, affordable and business-friendly screen set up.”

I will do what I can to show this product to my Government colleagues, to help get a Tamworth business more of a profile especially as their product will be used in the prevention of Covid-19 transmission.


Summit Introduces Summit Defence Shields

Mike Jordan, MD of Summit Systems, has developed a new & unique solution for getting you back to work safely and securely during this COVID-19 period.

The ‘Summit Defence Shield’ can be assembled in seconds and acts as an effective barrier between you and others, preventing the spread of germs.

Proudly designed and manufactured in the UK, this is the perfect solution for offices, schools, universities, factories and even restaurants to get back to normal (or as close to normal as possible).

The Defence Shield is quick and easy to install onto any desk without tools. The unique click-release system means it can be installed in seconds and configured to suit any workspace.

Mike Jordan states “there’s nothing like it in the market today. You can’t get the plastic for the majority of designs.”

The Summit Defence Shield is fully recyclable. Once finished with the product, you can send it back to Summit HQ who’ll recycle the shields and turn them into clothes.

There are 4 products available. The front Desk Shield with a maximum length of 1800mm, the L-Shield and U-Shield, extending to 2600mm and the Service Shield with a cut-out template designed for businesses that require additional contact with customers.

Products are in stock now so we can guarantee quick delivery at a very competitive price. Bespoke shields are available with a 2-week delivery.

For more information or to place orders please contact the team by emailing defence@summitsystems.co.uk or visit www.summit-defence.co.uk to place your order!

We’re hiring – Industrial Refrigeration Engineer

Industry leaders SUMMIT PROCESS COOLING are in search of an ambitious Industrial Refrigeration Technical Service Engineer who can support the UK sales team.

You would be part of a team that delivers the high level of technical support expected by Summit Systems across all industries. The company asks that you are honest, hardworking and independent in your drive to succeed and contribute to a vision which delivers advanced solutions cost effectively with a great attitude. Take this exciting opportunity to join a close team who enjoy the challenges of staying at the front end of innovation and customer service in this established company. A sense of humour is obligatory!

Eligibility Criteria:

– Category 1 “F Gas” qualified

– Preferred location: Midlands

– Have experience in the Process Cooling & Chiller industry

– Knowledge of water pumps and fluid dynamics

– Fully conversant with 3-phase Electrical Systems (Additional Electrical qualifications advantageous)

A wide Industrial Process Knowledge would be highly advantageous, but we may consider suitable applicants with commercial or A/C backgrounds, with more limited experience who are looking to broaden their knowledge.

A genuinely great opportunity for a dynamic, career minded engineer looking for a career advancement.

Visit www.summitprocesscooling.co.uk to learn more about us!

Competitive salary package up to £40K with overtime benefits, company vehicle, pension and healthcare package.

If you are keen on joining this exciting, forward thinking company and taking the next step in your career, please email a covering letter and CV to meghan.jordan@summitsystems.co.uk

Summit, Syncro & Maguire proud to introduce an exclusive new concept to the plastic extrusion market

Summit, Syncro & Maguire proud to introduce an exclusive new concept to the plastic extrusion market. The ‘Line upgrade program’ can revitalise your existing extrusion line to year 2020 technology.

A complete film extrusion line upgrade would cost approximately 45% v. a new European line. With it carries a 3-year warranty and in most cases, a performance guarantee. The upgrade can be done in stages.

1. With the new WXB Maguire blenders and MAGUIRE+SYNCRO extrusion control, you can have 30% reduction on your weight per metre. The new control gives massive savings with waste reduction and set-up time reduced by approx. 50%.

2. The latest air ring and IBC technologies designed to suit production, resulting in increased throughput of typically 25-30%.

3. High accuracy in gauging systems closing the loop providing AUTO PROFILE CONTROL.

4. The icing on the cake: To link all elements of the line through SYNTROL PLUS, giving ultimate control through a complete new set of electronic PLC control switching from obsolete control to 2020 cutting edge technology.

With full local installation and service back-up by Summit Systems, covered by an extensive warranty, there is no need to replace your old existing extrusion line when you can upgrade it to 2020 technology. #PimpYourLine

Get in touch today if you’d like to talk to us about upgrading your line – info@summitsystems.co.uk or call 01827 265800.


First of all, I hope you are making the best of this situation and staying safe at this incredibly challenging time.

I wanted to update you all and explain how the crisis is impacting SUMMIT SYSTEMS Ltd and to reassure you of our continued operation and support.

New Equipment Orders, Consumable Orders & Spare Part Orders Despite the current situation SUMMIT SYSTEMS remains open, whilst adhering to all Government guidelines of home working and social distancing. Many of our products are used in industries considered ‘essential’ by the UK Government, such as packaging, medical and pharmaceutical so we’re receiving orders as normal and processing them as efficiently as possible. We continue to work closely with our supply chain to minimise disruption and maintain our quick deliveries which so far are unaffected.

So please continue to place orders as soon as possible to ensure we can meet your lead time requirements.

Customer Site Visits Our service team remains available for installations, breakdowns, repairs and Planned maintenance contracts as this is defined as essential business travel. All our field-based team will follow the hygiene guidelines outlined by the Government. However, as you would expect, if during a customer visit any of our team feels a site is not taking the necessary hygiene precautions, they are encouraged to voice concerns and if necessary, leave that site.

Due to the obvious lower demand we are encouraging our customers that have lower production to utilise the time to service machines ready for a return to full production, we are happy to discuss extended payment if required. For those customers who are flat out and may have reduced maintenance staff we are available to step in and support your team to ensure production is maintained. If you have Maintenance contracts due over the next 3 months please talk to us about bringing them forward and adjusting the payment terms to suit.

On behalf of everyone at SUMMIT SYSTEMS I thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and please rest assured that we remain committed to supporting your business.

Let’s take care of each other.

Best Regards,
Mike Jordan

COVID-19 Company Update

At Summit Systems we are taking the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously.
Our key priority is to safeguard the health of society’s weakest individuals during these extraordinary times. We have therefore taken considerable safety precautions to contain the spreading of the virus amongst our staff, customers, suppliers, and partners, but our overriding message is that, despite a number of changes behind the scenes, it’s business as usual.

We remain committed to providing the superior service and support that our customers have come to expect of our company throughout this situation. With our global supply network, over £2 million of stock, and our renowned 24/7 service help line and onsite support, we aim to keep you running throughout these difficult times.

At present we are not experiencing any constraints to continue to supply but we continue to monitor the situation very carefully on a day to day basis. We will keep you informed through our website of any further developments.

If you have any questions whatsoever, don’t hesitate to contact us.

HOTSEAT – Jem Hudson, IoT Product Manager Summit Vision

Summit Systems has been an industry-leading supplier of ancillary equipment and machinery to the UK plastics market for almost 30 years. Earlier this year, the company launched its new Internet of Things (IoT) division, Summit Vision, headed by Jeremy (Jem) Hudson as IoT Product Manager.

He strives to bring greater efficiency and reduced waste to manufacturers, by cutting through the jargon and giving customers a tangible understanding of how data monitoring can bring them cost savings. Jem is next PlastikCity Partner to face the HotSeat…

What trends do you think will shape the future of UK plastics? How will Summit Vision respond?

There are many trends impacting UK plastics, depending on where you are in the industry. However, across the whole industry, the need to waste less and be more energy efficient will intensify as we all strive to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

The most effective way to meet these needs is to become better at analysing the data we have at our fingertips – and to find easier ways to capture and analyse data that has been previously difficult to get hold of. By doing this, we can make better decisions.

When we read all the spiel and the analyst’s publications on The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics trends, we certainly get the impression that these trends could shape the future of the plastics industry. But I’m asked over and over, what does this really mean to the plastics manufacturer?

The broad answer to start, is that by applying IoT based technologies, we can rapidly collect data from almost anything on the factory floor, and use basic data analytics to good effect.

Summit Vision is at the forefront of IoT based data capture and management technologies across the plastics manufacturing process with particular focus on condition monitoring to eliminate waste from unscheduled downtime and power use analysis to sweat existing assets and capture the actual returns on new energy-saving investment.

How has Summit Vision developed during your tenure?

At the start of my tenure, Summit Vision was focussed on our software solution for managing material handling– known to our customers as the Supervisor. Alongside the continued development of the Supervisor, Summit Vision has been expanded into key areas of data capture and management across the manufacturing site irrespective of equipment or machine manufacturer.

Summit Vision is now able to extract data from existing PLC’s for analysis, deploy leading-edge sensor technologies to troubleshoot conditions (process water, vacuum, air, drying, motor vibration and temperatures etc) where data is simply not available, and bring this information into contemporary dashboards via a secure , independent, wireless infrastructure for analysis in support of better decision making.

What do you credit as the key to your success?

I firmly believe that in the face of the Internet of Things world, we need to “keep it simple” and learn from every step we take on this journey. From day one at Summit Vision, I’ve encouraged our customers to think big, start small, learn fast and minimise time-to-value. This is the key to current success and will continue to be the foundation of my strategy moving forward.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

This may be a bit of a diversion from audience expectations, but I’ve had 25 years in the Information Technology arena, from software development to datacentre services and IT security, so I may bring some new ideas to UK Plastics!

About 15 years ago I was taught a great deal about ‘value modelling’ by a couple of specialists in this area who have since retired, they taught me that in industry, value = net profit, and nothing else.

They taught me to identify the Value Drivers (what causes an improvement in net profit) for the solutions I’m involved in, then work with the customer to capture the Value Impacts (the amount of net profit the customer believes will be released) for the identified Value Drivers of the solution. This value modelling methodology is compelling, and following this approach, investment priorities become very apparent. It’s simply a fantastic way to do business and shows you when to walk away from solutions that won’t fly.

My greatest challenge since then, at times, has been keeping to the principles of this methodology.

What advice do you wish you’d had on entering the industry and does that differ from the advice you would give to an apprentice joining now?

I wish Mike Jordan told me to pack a high viz jacket and safety boots on my first customer visit!

Seriously, apprentice’s getting into this industry have the most fantastic opportunity to become skilful contributors in the backbone of UK manufacturing and positively influence the future success of this dynamic industry. My advice would be to appreciate this, work hard and strive to make a difference.

What hidden talents do you have?

My absolute favourite sport is windsurfing – I’ve been at it since I was a teenager and get out there in all conditions.

I actually hold the record crossing time for a bi-Athlon event combining windsurfing and mountain biking across Scotland from Fort William on the West Coast, to Inverness on the East Coast; tackling the lengths of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness in gale-force winds and some monster MTB riding in between. I’m not sure this is talent – it’s more like sheer determination, but it was great fun at the time!


Plastics ancillary equipment experts, Summit Systems, have bolstered their engineering and sales teams with two new appointments. Steve Takle joins the company as an Industrial Refrigeration Engineer, and a familiar face returns as Dave Middleton becomes Technical Sales Director.

Summit Systems are pleased to announce the addition of two highly experienced engineers to their team. These appointments come at a key time for the company, as they continue to grow their core ancillary equipment business, while also diversifying into other sectors.

Earlier this year, Summit announced the launch of Summit Vision, an Internet of Things (IoT) division focusing on data and condition monitoring driving efficiency improvements for manufacturers. This followed news from late-2018, when the company purchased Total Process Cooling Ltd, to further expand its temperature control department.

Steve Takle (pictured, left) has joined Summit’s process cooling division, Summit TPC, working alongside sales engineer Rob Pritchard as an Industrial Refrigeration Engineer. Steve brings with him years of engineering experience, much earned in the Royal Navy. Summit Systems hope to continue the expansion of their cooling division by the end of next year, especially their engineering teams, so Steve’s appointment may be the first of many to come. Steve commented: “I have worked in engineering since leaving school, eight years of which were spent maintaining helicopters for the Royal Navy. After leaving the forces, I started a new career in refrigeration with 12 years of experience working on a variety of different systems and applications. “I am excited to come and work for Summit TPC starting up the cooling division and drive it forward to be customer-focused, offering effective preventative maintenance and repairs to minimise downtime.” Dave Middleton (pictured, right) is returning to Summit after an 11-year absence, joining their team of six technical sales engineers as Technical Sales Director. Dave is a familiar face to many in the industry, with over 30 years working in the ancillary equipment market. “Having been within the plastics ancillary equipment market throughout my 30 years in the plastics manufacturing industry I have a well-developed experience, a keen sense of adventure and an unresolved drive,” said Dave. “I aim to help simplify difficult processes while being able to always offer the best solution, whatever this may be. My goal is to help our customers maintain their processing advantages by supplying the latest technologies as they become available, and by being a point of contact for them when they need advice or assistance.” “Being a part of Summit Systems allows me the opportunity to deliver all of the above, which helps makes our industry stronger and more self-sustaining. With all of this being said, it comes down to being happy at work and being allowed to develop, which is what Summit is all about!”