Management strengthened at Forgemasters

Sheffield Forgemasters has implemented a raft of management changes across its divisions to maximise its specialist strengths and skills base

Dr Steve Price moves from his former role as managing director of Sheffield Forgemasters Steel Ltd, building on his many years of experience at the company to head up Forgemasters’ sales division, allowing the recently announced appointment of Dr Martin Novak as head of the Steel company.

Former Melt Shop technical director, Mark Tomlinson, takes up a new role as the Forgemasters group’s business development director, responsible for seeking out new markets and services provision and maximising the company’s marketing operations to a global customer base.

And in a further change to capitalise on the company’s newly acquired ASME NPT status, which allows Sheffield Forgemasters to fabricate components within the heart of nuclear power stations, Paul Madin has been appointed as group welding and fabrication director, moving from his former position as Foundry Technical Director which has now been taken up by Matthew Morley.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive, said: “I am delighted to announce these changes across our management team, which has been structured to maximise our abilities and to bring in new skills.

“The appointments of Dr Martin Novak, Paul Madin and Matthew Morley will raise our technical ability, which has always been a key priority at this company. The market knowledge of both Dr Steve Price and Mark Tomlinson will prove invaluable as we seek out new sectors and build on our current global reach.

“The timing of these appointments comes at an important time for this company, as we, like all of our competitors who are operating in a global manufacturing market, are still seeing the effects of the recession in much of the industrialised world and need to remain focused on an eventual economic recovery.”

Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited (SFIL) is the world’s largest independently owned forgemaster. It manufactures large-scale bespoke steel components for high quality engineered products globally in diverse industries such as defence, oil and gas exploration, power generation and marine.

With a 200-year pedigree, the company has secured its future through a considered diversification programme winning influential global contracts, expanding into new overseas locations and inspiring staff.