Investment casting specialist Dean Group recently celebrated 50 years in business. The Manchester based company, whose purpose-built foundry is now in Irlam, began life in Stretford in 1972. Back then the staff had to build everything needed for the factory including the wax injection machines, metal melting equipment, even the fencing.
Since then, the family run firm has become a leading UK company in the metal casting industry creating castings and forgings with superior precision and short lead times for industry sectors including oil and gas, specialist and mainstream automotive, rail, mining, renewables, aerospace, fire and safety and more. The company also offers services for cheaper castings through a Chinese partnership.
In 1982, Christopher Dean joined the company, followed shortly after by his sister Carol Hutchison in 1985. Christopher then became managing director of the Group in 1995 and led his team to several accreditations and award nominations over the years. The Dean Group was recently shortlisted for the Made in the North West 2022 competition and in the past has won several prestigious awards, such as the Salford business award for Technology and a Gold Environmental award.
The Group is now a three-generation company with Sam Dean supporting the family business as an estimating engineer and Jack Hutchison recently promoted to deputy production manager.
Over the last 50 years, the company has developed innovative solutions to maintain its position as a manufacturing industry leader. Developing new processes has been the company's focus whilst maintaining the highest quality investment casting and die-casting services.
A significant part of its recent commitment to the UK facility was a £200,000 investment in a highly advanced 3D printing room. These machines significantly improve daily operations by providing the ability to create accurate prototypes much more efficiently.
Current managing director, Graham Stubbs commented: "Dean Group is energised to welcome the next decade and our plans for the next ten years. We are heavily investing in the UK Foundry whilst continuing to develop our partner route further."
The Dean Group is a member of the Cast Metals Federation and is also BSI and ISO 9001:2015 accredited, demonstrating the company operates at the highest international levels of quality and service provision.