World leader to help firm expand

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A South Yorkshire-based industrial firm has appointed a world leader in casting technology to help foundries boost quality, reduce costs and cut waste.

Castings Technology International, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, has welcomed professor John Campbell OBE to the team as an adviser and board member.

Prof Campbell developed the Cosworth Casting Process for making aluminium alloy cylinder heads and blocks for Formula One racing engines to eliminate cylinder head failures, which had previously been running at 50 per cent during in-house testing.

This failure rate was reduced to zero by the new castings. He went on to help develop the Ablation Casting Process, used by Alotech, in the US. He later spent 15 years at the University of Birmingham as professor of casting technology. He will be tasked with helping Cti to assist castings companies by looking at ways to solve problems and improve production. The organisation also supplies the manufacturing sector with low-volume, precision steel, superalloy and titanium castings.

He said: “I look forward to assisting the company to consolidate and expand its worldwide reputation. It opens the possibility of launching truly important developments which have the potential to revolutionise the casting industry. There are projects under Cti’s roof right now which have the potential to demonstrate what is possible in terms of the production of cast parts of better quality, at higher productivity, reduced environmental impact and lower costs.”

Cti’s board members approached Prof Campbell to join them after he made a speech at the AMP earlier this year.