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Magtec, the leading designer and manufacturer of electric vehicle drive systems, has appointed a UK managing director as global demand grows for its innovative products.

Andrew Gilligan has joined the company from David Brown Santasalo, an international producer of complex gearing systems for the defence, energy and rail sectors, where he was general manager.

Andrew reports to Magtec founder and owner Marcus Jenkins, who will now focus on product innovation, new business development and the long-term strategic direction of the business.

Andrew said: “I am delighted to be appointed as managing director of Magtec at a critical and exciting time for our business and the industry.

“Public opinion, business requirements and environmental bodies are driving evolution across all transportation sectors.

“We are witnessing an uncompromising swing from fossil fuel powered drive systems to electric.

“Magtec are perfectly positioned to meet the needs of these markets by rolling out class leading technology developed by the Magtec team over the past 20 years.

“Development of high performance batteries in recent years mean that Magtec can implement drive systems that outperform traditional fossil fuel drives and produce zero harmful emissions.

“This really is an exciting time to grow this Sheffield technology business into a global player.”

Andrew is an aerospace engineer with a master’s degree in global supply chain management.

He started his career at Rolls-Royce and worked in control systems, transmissions, compressors and commercial areas during a decade at the world-renowned engineering group.

He went on to hold senior roles at David Brown and Schenck Process, a market leader in applied measuring technology, gaining significant international experience in establishing and running production and supply chain operations.

Marcus Jenkins said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Magtec team.

“Andrew has exceptional experience in delivering innovative, quality products on time to clients and driving growth in revenues, cash and earnings.

“He will play an important leadership role as Magtec moves from small production batches to large production volumes.”

Magtec’s existing and new electric vehicle programmes in Britain and overseas include:

  • 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 to hybrid drive
  • The electric drivetrain for the world’s first autonomous 26t truck.

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

 

A major milestone has been reached in the electric vehicle revolution with the launch of the UK’s first practical 7.5 tonne electric truck, which is ideal for the urban daily deliveries market.

Sheffield-based Magtec, the UK’s largest supplier of electric vehicle drive systems, created the new vehicle in partnership with Paneltex, the Hull-based specialist vehicle bodybuilder.

The vehicle uses an Isuzu N75 chassis, can be provided in a variety of configurations and is available to order immediately.

The truck will be showcased at the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, Cenex-LCV, which takes place at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, this week.

Marcus Jenkins, founder and Managing Director of Magtec, said: “Concern over air quality in our cities is increasing and Magtec has developed the cutting-edge drive train technologies required to address this problem.

“We are now supplying a fully capable EV truck which can operate for a full day on a single charge.

“Every urban retail and leisure business with daily deliveries could be using electric vehicles as they are quiet, clean and safe.

“Vehicle operators can benefit from government subsidies to support their investment in proven clean transport technologies.

“They will also benefit from significantly reduced fuel costs by operating our electric trucks which can carry a heavier payload than their diesel equivalents.”

Chris Berridge, Managing Director of Paneltex, said: “Paneltex’s experience in the electrification of commercial vehicles, combined with Magtec’s development of electric drive systems, puts us in a unique position to be able to offer these vehicles as an effective alternative to diesel trucks.

“In urban and suburban environments, the efficiency of an internal combustion engine is reduced, whereas an electric vehicle is dramatically more efficient in these conditions.

“After a long-term development programme, our 7.5 tonne electric trucks are now ready for series production and we believe these vehicles will help drive the decarbonisation of the urban logistics sector.”

The Government is providing grants of up to £20,000 for businesses switching their large trucks to electric vehicles in the near future.

Business Secretary Greg Clark introduced the £4m subsidy scheme to improve air quality in towns and cities and “decarbonise” the transport sector.

The Government said electric vans and trucks have significant air quality benefits as they spend much of their time in towns and city centres.

About Magtec

Magtec is the UK’s largest 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 more than 70 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.

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