from the Blog Senior Team Re-Structuring at BDK

BDK announces senior team re-structure as demand grows

Levington-based precision engineering firm, BDK, has announced the re-structure of its management team as demand for its services continues to grow.

BDK, which has been established for nearly 60 years, produces adhesive components for a wide range of sectors including the medical and healthcare, aerospace and automotive industries.

The company, which also supplies tapes and adhesives to a number of markets has been in operation since 1959 and has grown from a small family-run business to a global supplier of engineered adhesive components, employing more than 80 people.

September saw the retirement of Production Manager Keith Buckles, who worked for the company for 37 years.  Keith was thanked by colleagues at a special retirement celebration at the end of September.

The increased demand for pre-cut adhesive tape assembly solutions from industry that increasingly requires bespoke components designed for their production line, has meant that Keith’s work will now be shared across a number of roles and new posts will be created to ensure top quality service for clients.

Managing Director Nick Falconer will continue to be supported by his management team – with Paul Reeve, Mark Hill, and Neil Catchpool expanding their remit.

Merv Miller, who has been with the company for 36 years will move from Factory Manager to Production Manager.

Ivan Childs has joined the team as Factory Manager, bringing with him vast experience having worked for E2V Cogent Technology and Hewlett Packard.

Increased demand led to the expansion of the factory facility at BDK’s Levington site earlier this year, with the addition of a third state of the art, Class 10,000 cleanroom.  Production is underway at the site 24 hours a day, 5 days per week.

As a result, the company is also looking to fill four vacant machine operator posts.

Managing Director Nick Falconer said: “After 37 years, Keith will be missed, having been a core part of the BDK team for so many years.  We thank him for all his hard work and professionalism and wish him all the very best in his retirement.

“Keith’s departure was the right time for us to look at our internal set-up and how we deliver every element of BDK’s business in the best possible way, to continue to service our growing number of clients.

“Demand for our specialist services has grown significantly in recent years and we are entering a number of new markets as manufacturers turn to adhesives as cost effective, high quality methods of production, light weighting their products, and enabling the creation of smaller and more accurate diagnostic devices.  This is an exciting time and I’m confident that our re-organised senior team will continue to deliver the very best to our customers, offering advice and support from the design stage of product development right through to the marketplace.”