Austen Adams has accumulated 25 years experience in managing profitable engineering companies across the world and in several different market segments.
As well as being MD of Maloney Metalcraft based in Walsall, Austen also manages two companies in Chengdu China, Stainless Metalcraft in Chatteris, Crown International in Bristol, Whitely Reed Engineering in Rotherham, Scientific Magnetics in Abingdon and Composite Products Ltd in Buckingham.
He is also a non-executive Director of the National Skills Academy Nuclear and holds other advisory board roles with the Advanced Manufacturing Resource Centre in Sheffield and the EEF.
Having started his career as an engineering apprentice in the Black Country, the industrial heart of the UK, he has transcended all levels of management. As an advocate of modern management practices, he trained with Textron Inc. in the US as a global business trouble shooter before going on to hold a number of senior executive roles in sales, operational and general management.
Austen is a committed, hands-on supporter of local, national and international bodies holding posts as school governor, government advisor to the National Physics Laboratory and an associate of both the American and British Gear Manufacturers Association’s. Austen also provides local advisory services to SME’s in the engineering sector.
Prior to joining Avingtrans plc in 2013, Austen was group CEO at David Brown Hydraulics. Over a five-year period he led a transformation of the group through an extensive overhaul of its product portfolio and the expansion of its global footprint. He opened new businesses in India, China, South Africa, and Russia, formed a joint venture in the US and acquired a company in Australia.
Born in the West Midlands, Austen states he has always admired the work ethic, drive, determination and skills of local people.
When joining the Walsall Economic Board, Austen said: “It is important to find time to support the local community and the WEB is a great body of people dedicated to the continued development of the region and its economic prosperity. I’m so proud to be part of it.”
Austen leads the Energy and Medical Division of Avingtrans plc www.avingtrans.plc.uk comprising of: