George Gilmore, the founder of UK laminator manufacturer Autobond, passed on during Sunday 13th February. He was 82 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. His funeral took place in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, on Friday 18th and a memorial service will be held at noon on Friday 25th February at the Loscoe Baptist Church, High Street, Loscoe, Derbyshire, DE75 7LF.
George Gilmore was from Belfast in Northern Ireland and trained originally as a civil engineer. He started Autobond in 1978 in the Heanor, Derbyshire, factory in which it still operates. The company began by making hand-fed, water-based laminators and the first machine built is in use to this day, demonstrating his determination from the beginning to design and build quality machinery that would last.
“He remained interested in every single part of the business right to his last day, and although the cancer had slowed him down, he was still encouraging everyone,” says his son John Gilmore. “He was well known and highly respected throughout the world in the field of laminating and will be greatly missed.”
Alongside technical excellence, George Gilmore’s integrity and honesty was at the core of Autobond’s philosophy. This remains true today and has helped to make the company a global leader. Autobond continues as a family business, with the third generation of the Gilmore family working for the company.