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12 September 2019

Cammell Laird Appoints New Quality Assurance Manager

Merseyside UK shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird has appointed a new quality assurance manager to forge closer relationships with suppliers and bring best practice from other industries to his new role.

Gordon Maxwell is the new QA manager heading up a team of 19 striving to deliver the company vision of getting it right first time.

He said he is looking to take a more proactive approach to quality assurance as he draws on his experience of working for the likes of television parts manufacturer Philips Components and central heating manufacturer Baxi. 

Cammell Laird appoints new quality assurance managerGordon said:

“Our aim is to ensure customer satisfaction by building things on time, at the right quality for the right price. Cammell Laird is going through a transition period, with new orders and new opportunities coming in all the time. We have a good quality team here and we are trying to bring some new ideas to move quality upstream by being proactive.”

Gordon comes to Cammell Laird from Precision Polymer Engineering, in Blackburn, which makes specialist O-rings and seals for the aerospace and defence industry, among others.  He has experience of three different foundries working with cast Iron, steel, stainless steel and aluminium.

During his first weeks in the job, Gordon spent time in each department to get to know the people and the processes in place. He said he would be reviewing processes documentation, technology and measurement systems in place.

Gordon continued:

“I want to try to break down barriers, to find out about any issues that exist – whether that is around a piece of equipment they feel is inadequate or that they think they are not getting the right support, for example,” he said. “I have worked with smaller products before but the quality principles are the same. The aim of the department going forward will be to strive to have the right systems and procedures in place to ensure there are no errors.”

Work will also be done in upskilling the workforce where necessary and cultivating closer relationships with suppliers.

He commented:

“I will be visiting suppliers to make it clear what our specifications are, and to assess their processes and quality control systems. We need tough controls with our suppliers and processes in place so that nothing can be changed without prior agreement, and strong relationships so that if we want to ramp up manufacturing then we could do so. It is about capturing best practice from other industries so that Cammell Laird can become more efficient and continue to lead the way.”

Tony Potter, HSEQ director, said Gordon’s appointment marked Cammell Laird’s commitment to bringing up quality levels across every department in the shipyard.

Tony said:

“Gordon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked in the quality control industry in a variety of sectors and he recognised the opportunity to be a part of what we are trying to achieve here at Cammell Laird. We have a strong quality team here at the shipyard but we know we could be doing more to get it right first time, so Gordon will help us to achieve that and ensure customer satisfaction every time.”


About Cammell Laird:

Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19th Century. The business is located on the River Mersey, in the Liverpool City Region, on the West Coast of England. It is in the centre of a marine cluster, with direct access to many support services. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. Cammell Laird specialises in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and heavy fabrication and engineering. It deals with a wide variety of projects ranging from specialist offshore conversions and fabrication, commercial ship-repair through to the refit and upgrade of highly complex naval auxiliaries. It has also recently re-entered the ship-building market. The business is further active in the energy sector. It has become a hub of the off shore wind industry and it is offering its facilities and highly trained workforce of engineers for work in the civil nuclear sector and the off shore oil and gas sector. w:

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