7 May 2016
Porvair Filtration Group has announced the appointment of a new Operations Manager to spearhead fresh growth and enhanced manufacturing efficiency at its New Milton facility.
Highly experienced engineering professional Matthew Bird has joined the Porvair team at its 42,000 square foot site in Hampshire as it celebrates its first year of operation since a major £3.5million investment. The New Milton division, which manufactures roughly 6,000 different parts, shipping an average of 67,000 products per month, is also poised to commence support of European microelectronics markets.
Matthew, who began his career in precision engineering, will bring a wealth of experience to the team in the field of planning and scheduling workflow – attributes that are expected to positively and quickly impact overall performance.
He has held several senior roles in the aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear and telecommunications sectors and aims to bring a clear, data-driven approach to improving the New Milton site's extensive capabilities following last year's multi-million investment.
The facility produces stainless steel elements, polymeric cartridges, filter discs, last chance filters, and will be offering an expanded housing range.
Matthew's appointment signals Porvair's intention to build upon its already rapidly expanding operation in Hampshire to meet the growing demands of customers across all of its sectors, including pharmaceutical, chemical and industrial processing, and food and beverage.
He is now keen to start implementing his ideas, building on the international filtration specialist's recent successes.
Matthew said: “I am relishing the challenge of joining Porvair Filtration Group at a key time when the company is looking to further its growth prospects and support new markets.
“I hope to bring all my experience to the new role, implementing a clear, data-driven view of its capability and costs in order for us to drive better value and continue to offer the very best service to existing and new customers alike.
“It's also a significant and exciting opportunity for me personally as I look to further enhance an already very successful operation.”
General Manager Mike Hughes added: “We're delighted to welcome Matthew on board. I am certain he will bring his unique energy and enthusiasm to the company, enhancing many key areas. In previous roles, he has displayed a keen eye for detail that will benefit our New Milton facility no end.
“Appointing Matthew as Operations Manager is undoubtedly a significant step for Porvair. His proven track record of bringing fresh thinking and efficiencies to the manufacturing process speaks for itself and we are convinced that he will become a vital part of our plans for continuous growth.”
Last year, Porvair made a £3.5 investment in purchasing and fitting out the New Milton building, turning it into a cutting edge facility, including a £300,000 investment in cutting edge cleanroom technology. The facility employs around 80 people.