KG Washford welcomes new Planned Maintenance Manager

Following a period of rapid growth and a series of substantial new orders, West Midlands-based precision engineering firm KG Washford is pleased to announce a further expansion in its workforce with the appointment of Paul Smith as Planned Maintenance Manager.

KG Washford (KGW), which was established in Birmingham in 1973 before relocating to Redditch the year after, has now created more than 8 new jobs in recent months and established a new facility dedicated to the manufacture and assembly of test rigs and fixtures for the aerospace industry.

As well as supplying high quality, precision machined components for the aerospace, automotive and general engineering industries, KGW is a UK specialist in the design and manufacture of hydro-mechanical test rigs. These rigs are custom designed and engineered to simulate the fuel flow systems in engines of civil and military aircraft, testing components under various extreme conditions that may be experienced in flight to ensure that they are reliable and safe.

With 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, working largely in the facilities management arena, Paul arrives at KGW with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the implementation of engineering systems. Paul’s main responsibilities within this newly created role will lie in KGW’s Asset Integrity Management programme.

Paul said: “I’m joining KGW during a very exciting period of rapid growth, which is the optimal time to launch our planned maintenance programme. I’m thrilled to be involved in this new venture and I’m really looking forward to spearheading the CARE programme to ensure that our clients’ get the very best performance from their test rigs.”

CARE stands for Controlling Asset Reliability and Efficiency. The programme will deliver unparalleled engineering service across the full operational lifespan of a test rig. Each rig and related equipment under contract will undergo a regular, comprehensive “health check” on its operational capability, thereby improving the rig’s long term effectiveness and reducing unplanned repair costs.

KGW’s Operations Director, Gerard Tilley, commented: “We’re delighted that Paul has joined our team at this very exciting time for the company. Paul’s expertise is set to greatly enhance the KGW offering, allowing us to respond more readily to the growing needs of our clients and ensuring that we continue to deliver the same high level of service. The ongoing service agreement that CARE involves will both secure new orders and safeguard ongoing relationships, helping us in our massive drive forward.”