ROWASHER TEAM EXPANDS TO CONTINUE PARTS WASHER INNOVATION BY WELCOMING CLIFTIN BOWER
Rozone has announced the arrival of a key senior team member to help continue the success of the bioremediating ROwasher parts washer.
To strengthen the team, Rozone has announced that Cliftin Bower, will join as Managing Director, assuming responsibility for all aspects of the Rozone business, on the retirement of Alan Mann, later in the year.
Cliftin’s career path has focused on engineered products, mainly in the geared motor and electric motor industry. His broad experience had covered a variety of roles with companies that have been the manufacturer of products as well as within the value-adding distributor sales sector, representing manufacturers.
Having grown up in South Africa, Cliftin spent a few years in Singapore and then in 2010 took up a position in the UK for an Italian geared motor manufacture. Cliftin has focused on developing sustainable business relationships that add value within the supply chain, as is passionate about delivering customer value.
‘WIRED FOR GOOD’ AS AWI CELEBRATES 75 YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH £1M INVESTMENT
A specialist producer of ‘High Performance’ nickel alloys is celebrating a big birthday in style by targeting international expansion and a £1m investment drive.
Alloy Wire International (AWI) is celebrating 75 years of manufacturing in 2021 and has plans in place to take sales past pre-Covid-19 levels to £12m by the end of the year.
The company, which employs 30 people at manufacturing sites in the West Midlands and Yorkshire, is also looking to mark the milestone year by launching ‘Wired for Good’, a campaign that will see it boost its work supporting local charities and, importantly, committing to becoming carbon neutral.
Mark Venables, Managing Director of AWI, said, “75 years in business is a major achievement and the last twelve months have certainly been some of the most challenging yet, with our staff going above and beyond to support the global fightback against the pandemic.
“Despite the challenges, sales have held up well and demand across 15 key market sectors have surged since January 2021 and this bodes well for our big anniversary year.”
He continued: “We’ve got some really big plans for our birthday celebrations, including a £1million investment in new wet drawing machines and increasing our stockholding to 220 tonnes, the latter meaning we are able to offer our unrivalled two-week industry lead times.
“We also wanted to do something different that makes a positive social difference. With sustainability on many people’s agenda, we felt the time was right to become carbon neutral, a significant commitment when you consider we produce wire and export to over 65 countries.
“Wired for Good will govern all of our 75th activities and we’re looking forward to announcing more positive projects in the coming weeks.”
“2021 is going to be an important time for the business, with R&D activities helping to find new applications for our material,” explained Tom Mander, who was recently named as MD Designate as part of a number of key appointments to the Senior Management Team.
“One example is the rise in demand for our wire being used in Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), which is also referred to as 3D Metal Printing. WAAM works by melting the wire using an electric arc as the heat source and, unlike the 3D printing powder process, can be used to produce larger components in large quantities.”
He concluded, “We have discovered so many new applications for our material over the last seven decades and, by ensuring we have the largest production capacity in our 75-year history, we are in a perfect position to find even more going forward.”