NEWS & DEVELOPMENTS 2011

New appointments to the Board. 7-11-11

Following five years of succession planning the board of directors is now complete. Chris Mintern has taken over from John Willetts as Managing Director, Dave Howell moves to Engineering Director, Pete Smith who has been with Vanguard since October 2009 became Technical and Quality Director in December 2010. And finally completing the board Martin Newby joined the company in May 2011 as Operation Manager, moving to Manufacturing Director in October 2011. All the members of the board have worked in foundries since leaving school and as such offer an unprecedented level of technical and practical experience for the benefit of our customers.


Pictured above from left to right Martin Newby, Chris Mintern, Dave Howell and Pete Smith.

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New Sales Team Established. 24-10-11

Richard Bingham has now taken over responsibility of sales as Business Development Manager . Richard will be assisted by Jessica Read, who, as a native German now living in the UK will allow us to better communicate with our potential and existing German customers.


Shown above Richard and Jessica (Richard is on the right).

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John Willetts retires. 07-10-11

After 10 years at Vanguard, in the position of Managing Director John Willetts finally hung up his cow gown to start a well deserved retirement.


Shown above, John is receiving a carriage clock and various other ‘goodies’ from Chairman Brian Higgins. Brian commented that without John’s commitment over the last ten years Vanguard would not be in its present strong position. We wish John all the best for a long and happy retirement.

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First core produced from new Laempe core machine. 07 March 2011

The first part of Vanguard’s major investment plan for 2011 is the installation of a new Laempe core machine. The very high production rates and ease of operation will allow the next phase of Vanguard’s investment plan to continue without running into a shortage of cores.


Pictured above Andy Leary proudly shows off the first core produced off the new machine.

Following will be the second and third stages of investment. The first of which will be the significant re-engineering of the HWS moulding line that will give a 30% higher production rate, these modifications will take place during the Easter shutdown. So then having got the cores and the moulds. The final stage will involve the installation of a second 750Kw melting power pack which will double our available melting capacity. The total investment will be approximately 500K and demonstrates Vanguard’s commitment to generate capacity to allow us to respond very quickly to any short lead time requirements our customers may have.

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