Sandwell UK Ltd is a highly professional company focused on specialist surface engineering solutions for top level clients. Specialist skills with excellent product knowledge in shot peening technologies and surface engineering are key to the company’s success. We are always pushing surface finishing boundaries with new innovative techniques.
The Directors of Sandwell UK Ltd, Colin McGrory and Liz Slater, established the company in 1997 with the core values of providing consistently high quality processing combined with excellent customer service. These values have been motivational and a key to the continuing success of Sandwell and remain at the heart of the company.
The means of achieving and sustaining those core values has involved the recruitment of a dedicated and skilled workforce. The investment in new staff and a continuous programme of staff development has allowed Sandwell to maintain both its high standards and expertise in recent advanced technology.
Colin McGrory – Technical Director
Colin is the driving force behind Sandwell’s technical advancement. A background in metallurgy and a 21 year career in Formula One Motorsport provide the technical knowledge of process and advanced engineering that is the foundation for Sandwell’s activities. Colin serves on the International Committee for Shot Peening and is always looking for new ways to offer superior engineered finishes, and solve ever changing technological challenges. He is happy to offer his knowledge, experience, and wealth of expertise. He enjoys the opportunity to work with customer to find solutions – the more challenging, the better!
Liz Slater – Managing Director
Liz ensures that Sandwell meets its responsibilities to customers and to staff on a day to day basis. This includes providing the workforce with a high level of support, and equipment and training they need to work to best effect. She considers customers liaison to be an important part of her role. Her intention is to ensure that Sandwell maintains the excellent customer support the company is renowned for. Sandwell’s reputation for good customer service has become a matter of pride over the years, and is something that Liz ensures is never compromised.
Benjamin McGrory - Research Engineer
Prior to joining Sandwell Ben has worked in the fields of Metrology and Automation for 8 years.
Initially training as a Metrology Engineer at a foundry Ben later worked within the Metrology Lab at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and later went on to be Technical Lead in Large Volume Metrology at the AMRC.
During this time Ben has worked on metrology and automation projects for major Aerospace OEMs.
At Sandwell Ben is working on automation of our production line, incorporating 3D scanning technology and robotics, and also on our collaborative research projects.
Peter Dix – Production Manager
With over 30 years of experience in engineering management, Peter is a valuable addition to the Sandwell team. Peter has worked across a variety of sector both before and during his last role as director of a specialist engineering facility.
Peter has built up a huge amount of experience and impressive knowledge base in special purpose machinery and automation, which is sure to be an asset in his role as production manager.
Peter is a lifelong motorsport enthusiast both as a competitor as well as from the armchair.
Guy Lund – Quality Manager
Guy has the important role of ensuring that Sandwell’s Quality Systems are adhered to. Processed items will pass through the Inspection Department a minimum of twice (often more frequently, where several processes are involved). Together with two other members of the department, Guy makes sure that the requirements of customers, in terms of process, standards and certification etc., are met. Guy promotes a system of continual improvement throughout the company and achieves excellent results with regard to internal audits and a variety of external approvals.
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