Aerospace supplier appoints new engineering director

Aerospace supplier Erodex UK has appointed Damian Ward as its new engineering director. Ward has more than 20 years’ experience providing tooling and engineering solutions within the aerospace industry and joins from Matrix Tooling Solutions, where he was business development manager. Prior to this, he held the role of aerospace business manager at Seco Tools.

Within his role as engineering director, Ward will be responsible for engineering operations at the company’s West Midlands based graphite machining facility, driving efficiency gains and reducing cost by implementing engineering best practice via the latest tooling, work-holding and software solutions.

“Erodex are the leading supplier of graphites, EDM consumables and state-of-the-art graphite machining to the UK aerospace industry, with a very capable and experienced engineering team,” says Ward. “I see further developing the engineering operations as a really exciting opportunity. We have a fantastic team, have benefited from continued investment in the latest five-axis CNC machine tools, and have a clear direction for investment moving forward.”

Ward’s introduction follows the previous appointment of James Kirk in 2019 as group operations director, with the two now working closely to drive the company’s continuous improvement programme.

Erodex director Steve Rolinson says: “These are exciting times for Erodex. Our goal is to expand and increase our presence within emerging overseas markets such as Latin America. By increasing engineering efficiencies, we can be more competitive in these markets while reinforcing our leading position within the UK aerospace sector. We’re delighted to welcome Damian to the company and look forward to seeing the benefit that his wealth of tooling and engineering expertise will bring.”
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