THE leader of Britain’s top engineering organisation has travelled to one of South Yorkshire’s leading engineering companies to deliver a keynote address.
Professor Isobel Pollock followed in the footsteps of Past Master Cutler Pam Liversidge when she became the second woman to be president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers last year.
She chose AES Engineering’s Global Technology Centre as the venue for her 2013 presidential address after finding a picture of the company’s hi-tech plant in her office at the Institution’s headquarters in London. AES, which trades as AESSEAL, has won a series of prestigious ImechE awards, including being named Britain’s best manufacturer.
The picture of its factory had been put up by Prof Pollock’s predecessor, Professor Roderick Smith, who used it to explain to visitors what a modern UK engineering firm should be like.
Prof Pollock praised AESSEAL and the way it used advanced technology.
She also highlighted her time working in Rotherham, for leading glass container manufacturer Beatson Clark in the late 1990s, as the company strove to set ever higher quality standards that would provide customers with a consistent product that met their needs.