Thursday, February 27, 2014

News: Proud to be an Engineer at AESSEAL

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The president of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Patrick Kniveton, will visit Rotherham next month to give an address on celebrating today's engineers.

IMechE is an independent engineering society working to raise the profile of mechanical engineering and the "Proud to be an Engineer" event is taking place at the global headquarters of AESSEAL, the fourth largest mechanical seal manufacturer in the world.

Patrick Kniveton is the head of engineering improvement for Rolls-Royce Submarines - a multi-million pound business in the nuclear sector – in which role he drives process improvement for engineering areas and leads business management for the engineering function.

The 128th president of the institution used his initial address to discuss the importance of engineers and the need to celebrate today's engineers. He said: "As engineers, we constantly talk about wanting to improve our status. I argue we already have that status, but we are too modest to tell anyone.

"Every one of us has a story about what we have created from ideas. We should tell these stories and not wait to be asked, but make sure it is relevant to the people you are talking to, whether it is on a train, at a party, or in a meeting. Ensure you tell them you are a professional engineer. Say this every time you have an opportunity."

With its global headquarters at Templeborough, £150m turnover AESSEAL manufactures mechanical seals for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food, water, mining and pharmaceuticals. With a focus on quality, the firm has won numerous awards including 12 Queen's Awards to date and was named the overall winning company for IMechE's Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 2011 and is now a partner in the awards.

Backed by international investor, 3i, AES Engineering Ltd employs more than 1,600 people worldwide, of whom nearly 600 are in the UK and Ireland and more than 330 in Rotherham.

The event takes place on March 11.

IMechE website
AESSEAL website

Images: IMechE

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