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Driving Excellence in Graphite Machining: Gary Smith’s Impactful Journey at Erodex UK


With a clear vision for excellence in graphite machining, Gary Smith, Director of Engineering at Erodex UK, is laying the groundwork for real change in the coming months. In this follow-up article, we’ll provide an update on Gary’s progress to date and how his initiatives are shaping the future of our organisation.

Settling In and Embracing the Team:

Gary has seamlessly integrated into the Erodex family, receiving a warm welcome from our dedicated teams at both Darlaston and Halesowen locations. His collaborative approach and leadership style have fostered a sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm, driving everyone forward.

Focus on Quality, Standardisation, and Performance:

Since his arrival, Gary’s focus has centred around improving quality, standardisation, and production performance. He’s been dedicated to creating new external and internal quality metrics, which are vital in driving a culture of continuous improvement. These metrics have already identified numerous opportunities for enhancing our processes, ensuring our customers receive only the best.

Driving Productivity through Standardisation:

A core aspect of Gary’s strategy involves reducing variation through standardisation. By streamlining processes and practices, we’re witnessing impressive improvements in productivity, further solidifying our position as a leader in the industry.

Embracing Cutting-Edge Technology:

To stay at the forefront of graphite machining, Gary and the team have been wholeheartedly embracing the latest CNC machines and tooling practices. These technological advancements not only boost productivity but also expand our capabilities, allowing us to offer our customers even more innovative solutions.

Aiming for Process Maturity during Growth:

Looking ahead, Gary’s long-term vision involves developing our operations to achieve process maturity during this critical period of growth. This focus on process improvement will enable us to maintain our world-class status for machining graphite and EDM products.

Inspired by Our Industry Leadership:

Gary is energised by Erodex’s exceptional position in the industry. He remarks, “It’s amazing to witness this small family-owned business in the heart of the West Midlands setting the benchmark for graphite machining and EDM solutions worldwide. I am thrilled to be part of its next phase of growth.”

Onward Journey:

Gary Smith’s leadership and dedication have been instrumental in driving excellence in graphite machining at Erodex UK. As we continue to embrace innovation and maintain our commitment to excellence, we are confident in our ability to remain at the forefront of the industry, providing unparalleled graphite machining and EDM solutions to our valued customers worldwide. We look forward to the future and the positive impact Gary will continue to make on our journey towards success.

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