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Kenard Engineering appoints Operations Director

June 2005

The UK specialist subcontracting machining facility of Kenard Engineering Company has appointed former Hitachi Seiki project manager, Matt Cornford, as operations director.

With a brief to increase the variety of work passing through the Dartford, Kent, UK specialist subcontracting machining facility of Kenard Engineering Company, Matt Cornford has been appointed as operations director. Matt brings a broad industry experience in production, application and system engineering having held project manager positions at Hitachi Seiki (UK) of Egham and then at Fredk Pollard and Co of Leicester following the amalgamation of those two businesses.

According to Ray Ellis, managing director of Kenard Engineering, Cornford's experience, which started with a machine tool apprenticeship with KTM in Brighton where he progressed to Manufacturing Systems consultant until the business closed in 1994, makes him ideal to run the day to day business of Kenard. He takes responsibility to co-ordinate quality, production and productivity issues and has been briefed to build on the company's highly successful supply chain management and project management capability with customers.

Kenard employs 50 people at its Dartford facility for which 50% of the business is directed to one aerospace customer producing high value components. These are produced from the likes of titanium and nimonics and are required to meet ultra precision tolerances and surface finish requirements. The other half of the business supplies subsea, telecomms, oil and gas, autosport, transmission and pump sectors. Indeed, one recent close customer relationship project involved Kenard in the complete project management of prototype development on a special large capacity pump.

This type of business is becoming a growth business for Kenard which means the company is handling a greater variety of work in small batches involving extensive production and application expertise and involving the co-ordination of very specialised subcontract processes. 'This area will be a major focus for our business and where we expect Matt Cornford to apply his experience,' says Ellis.