Paragon Rapid Technologies, the North-East-based engineering firm that supports product innovation and production through innovative manufacturing services, has undertaken an extensive streamlining exercise of its organisational structure. As a result, the company’s core operations have been grouped into three distinct divisions – Paragon AM Technologies, Paragon Rapid Technologies, and Paragon CNC Technologies.

These three divisions represent Paragon’s three key service offerings. The divisions all operate out of Paragon’s facilities based at Teesside International airport and will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service and quality to all markets they serve. As there are many instances where customers require turnkey solutions and integrated services, the company will retain a centralised administration model which will oversee the corporate business lines such as HR, invoicing and finance, logistics and strategic projects.

Pill Adamson, Co-founder and CEO of Paragon Rapid Technologies, will temporarily assume the position of Commercial Manager for Paragon AM Technologies. Paragon AM Technologies offers an array of 3D printing and additive manufacturing services, enabling the production of multiple parts with complex geometries for both prototyping and end use purposes. Recent investment in advanced technologies have paved the way to developing a low volume manufacturing line supporting supply chain transformations for businesses in the automotive, industrial, medical and consumer products markets.

Marc Faux, previously Manager of Operations, is now Commercial Manager for Paragon Rapid Technologies. This division focuses on the delivery of services surrounding more traditional prototyping and low volume production technologies, such as Reaction Injection Moulding, Vacuum Casting and Silicone Moulding. Marc will also have responsibility for developing business requiring more specialised 3D printing services, for example display and demonstration models and props and costumes for the film industry.

Michael Anderson, previously of Ford Aerospace and XXXXX joined the Paragon team 11 months ago. Now Commercial Manager for Paragon CNC Technologies, Michael will focus on developing five service lines for the division, which can also be offered to customers as a turnkey solution and in collaboration with the AM Technologies and Rapid Technologies divisions. These include machining of component parts in a variety of materials, tooling, design and production of gauges, jigs and fixtures, reverse engineering and project supply chain management.

Paragon’s adoption of the division-based model is a strategic move to enable the company to provide its customers an enhanced, more efficient technology service offering and improved levels of customer service. It will also allow the company to make better investment decisions in line with its customers’ needs; and flex its operating model to cope with environmental and market pressures.

“The new division-based system paves the way for a more formal group structure in the not too distant future,” says Finance Director, Colin Wilson. “By conferring management responsibility on division leaders, we will be able to improve process management, decision making and customer service levels, all of which will benefit our customers and improve our performance as a business.”

Division-Based Organisational Structure

“We’re very excited about the new structure and the future,” says Co-founder and Technical Director, Peter Humphrey. “We’re in a position to really focus our services and subsequent investment in technology where it really matters. Our markets are being squeezed by unprecedented circumstances and we really do need to be in a position to react to our customer’s needs quickly, with better service levels and technologies than our customers if we, and they, are to remain competitive. We’ve been quietly operating within this new model for the last 6 months, fine-tuning it and ensuring our customers are not affected. We’re now ready to use it to our advantage.”