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Magtec, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of electric vehicle drive systems, has appointed Mandy Delaney as head of manufacturing.

She brings 25 years of experience in the vehicle manufacturing industry, most recently including management positions at bus maker Optare, McLaren Automotive and coach builder Alexander Dennis.

In her new role, Mandy will oversee manufacturing for Magtec’s existing and new electric vehicle programmes in Britain and overseas, such as:

  • Electric refuse collection vehicles, currently undergoing trials in London and Sheffield
  • The UK’s first electric 7.5 tonne commercial vehicles for the urban daily deliveries market
  • The UK rail industry’s first conversion of a diesel multiple unit (DMU) to hybrid drive
  • The electric drivetrain for the world’s first autonomous 26t truck.

Mandy said: “Magtec has the potential to be a world leader in electric vehicle drive systems. This is a high-tech growth company with an ambitious vision of the future which puts UK innovation at the centre of the global market for commercial electric vehicles.”

The head of manufacturing is focused on increasing volumes, maintaining quality and reliability, building supply chains and engaging with employees across Magtec’s design and manufacturing sites in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Mandy, a mother of four, is passionate about developing new industry talent and encouraging young people to further careers in science, technology, engineering and maths-related fields.

Compared to the wider engineering sector, Magtec is a diverse employer with 17 females among a workforce of 80 people, including finance director Jenny Peel and head of HR Sinead O’Neill. At 21 per cent, this is more than double the industry average*.

Mandy graduated from Aston University and started her career working with Land Rover on the development of the production line for the Discovery Series 1. She went on to hold manufacturing and engineering management roles at Plaxtons, the UK’s largest coach builder, and the Swift Group, the UK’s leading manufacturer of touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes.

Marcus Jenkins, founder and managing director of Magtec, said: “Mandy Delaney has all the manufacturing expertise and experience to help us to meet growing customer demand.

“Orders are increasing and climate change is rising up the social and political agenda. We are investing for future growth and are delighted to welcome Mandy to our team.

“We have many opportunities for ambitious and energetic people who want to grow with our business. We have the world knocking on our door and we need to recruit.”

Magtec has added more than 20 new staff over the last year including production engineers, production manager, demand planner, health, safety and environment facilities manager and design engineers covering the software, electronic, electrical and mechanical disciplines.

The company has brought in young talent including apprentices via Sheffield City College, engineering graduates recruited via the Sheffield City Region’s Rise programme, and teenage work experience placements welcomed from local schools.

About Magtec

Magtec is the UK’s leading supplier of electric vehicle drive systems. The company designs and manufactures drive systems for electric and hybrid commercial vehicles, including motors, gearboxes, generators, power controllers, battery systems and condition monitoring systems.

Magtec employs many highly skilled engineers across its two sites in Sheffield and Rotherham, including a large number of PhD qualified experts and apprentices.

Magtec supplies some of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers and vehicle converters.

 

* Women’s Engineering Society: https://www.wes.org.uk/content/wesstatistics

 

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