New MD for AWI

Alloy Wire International (AWI) has named a new Managing Director, Tom Mander. He has been promoted to the role after being with the company for more than 17 years.

The move will see previous MD Mark Venables move to Chairman, remaining in the business to guide and advise for the foreseeable future.

Speaking of his appointment, Tom Mander said, “Alloy Wire International is a very special business and I’m honoured to take the reins and help guide the company to the next stage. We’ve come through the pandemic in a good position and, as a critical supplier, continued to provide our material to customers involved in power generation and healthcare, the latter resulting in our wire being used in the VentilatorChallengeUK.

“The last twelve months has seen us increase sales to £13m and achieve significant growth in international markets, including the US where orders have risen from $1.8m to $4.2m. All the foundations are in place to continue this growth and we’re just about to complete a £1m investment drive that will boost stock levels to one of the highest in our sector, whilst adding three new dry drawing and one wet drawing machines to increase production capacity.”

Mark Venables, who becomes Chairman, added his support: “The senior management team wanted to protect the core values that make AWI so special, so we took the decision last year to make Tom, Adam Shaw and Andrew Du Plessis, MD Designate, Finance Director and Technical Director respectively. This was paving the way for the next generation to take over and Tom’s promotion to MD this week is the next step in that process. He has been with us for 17 years and understands the culture and our people. It’s a natural appointment and I’m looking forward to seeing the fresh skills and insights he will bring to the role.”