Edgetech is delighted to welcome Gary Shoesmith into the newly created role of Director of Operations to head up production at the UK’s only WET manufacturing facility. A degree qualified Mechanical Engineer, Gary comes with 17 years of design & manufacturing management, most recently running an ISO accredited (ISO9001 & 14001) production facility of 200 people. Well versed in World Class manufacturing techniques, Gary is perfectly placed to help Edgetech UK continue to develop its lean manufacturing processes and further enhance a culture of Just-In-Time.
Gary comments: “I was first attracted to Edgetech by the quality and innovation of the products, its strong customer focus and fast growth. Since joining, I have been particularly impressed with organisation’s long term view and the strong backing from parent Lauren International. Edgetech’s steep growth curve has meant a lot more orders and activity to handle with our dedicated UK team, so my initial focus will be on making sure that all of our existing systems to control & track requirements are robust and ensure nothing is ever unnecessarily delayed or overlooked. In production, our focus will be on creating replenishment systems based on the Lean pull systems or ‘kanban’ and improving process stability and quality. We are also implementing a shorter material supply chain to give us increased flexibility to respond to the changing needs of our customers.” Andy Jones comments: “We’re looking forward to the new perspective that Gary’s lean training and diverse manufacturing background will bring to our already very capable team.”