Keep­ing the wheels of in­dus­try turn­ing

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Shelley’s res­cue of Dy­mag be­tween 2009 and 2011 kept its four key pro­duc­tion staff to­gether and the com­pany has been growing ever since.

“The gang of four came back to help get the com­pany started again, and we then built the team around them,” he ex­plains.

The AMSCI in­vest­ment and a part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Com­pos­ites Cen­tre, which helped to carry out re­search into sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing process cy­cle times of car­bon wheels, led to rapid growth in the last 12 months and Dy­mag’s cur­rent work­force at its Chip­pen­ham base is up to 22.

“We’ve just been go­ing through a head­count plan and this time next year we’re plan­ning to grow by a fac­tor of 10,” says Shelley. “There’s a big ramp up start­ing in the first quar­ter of 2017 and re­ally kick­ing in through quar­ter two and three and four, [and] our monthly sales should be get­ting on for ten times what they are now.”

That would lead to a staffing level in the re­gion of 45 peo­ple, which would be split up with 75 per cent of them work­ing on OEM wheel de­signs, 15-20 per cent on af­ter­mar­ket prod­ucts, and the rest han­dling a mix­ture of mo­tor­cy­cle de­signs and new-for-2018 projects.

Dun­lop is a TT le­gend Shelley (l) and Wil­son

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