02/06/2020

A warm welcome to our new Operations Director

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Operations Director Dave Millward. 40 years in the investment castings industry, Dave has worked in 5 of the UKs investment foundries.

Beginning his career as an apprentice in 1980, Dave has had every job title in the book. With Manager and Director level roles in Technical, Quality and Operations, Dave is superbly qualified to take Precision Investment Castings through their journey towards business improvement.

Having had many varied challenges in his career, Dave’s most significant challenge was when he had to relocate a foundry from Yorkshire to the Midlands, no easy task, but he managed to do it with only two weeks down time.

He has worked for 7 years in Hong Kong as a senior consultant advisor on a 71 million dollar factory and one of his biggest achievements was managing the installation of a 3 robot, 5 dry cell system where they could load wax moulds and unload finished moulds straight to de-wax, it was a 140 million dollar project.

One of the key things Dave has learnt from his time in China is the difference in culture and management style. Something he wants to bring to PI Castings. Dave said, “Management is a much more inclusive style in China, giving managers more autonomy is something I would like to see at PI Castings.”

Since the Erlson acquisition, PI Castings have gone on to recruit a new Financial Controller, Human Resources Manager (more on them later) alongside Dave and they are starting to give the management team a well needed boost. Through utilising the existing management teams skills better, Dave hopes to lead a programme of investment with new machinery, improved delivery performance and working environment for all staff.

With the backing of parent company Erlson Group, 2020 looks to have started off on a great footing and we wish Dave and the team all the best.