adi Group looks to double its workforce by 2020

Posted on 21 Jan 2016 by Jonny Williamson

Birmingham-based adi Group has announced that it will create 500 new jobs by 2020, doubling its staff in five years.

Providing total engineering solutions to clients including a number of major global firms, adi Group has a track record of exponential growth, and is reportedly now set to generate major employment opportunities over the coming five years.

Founded as a single business offering by chief executive Alan Lusty in 1990, the group has quadrupled in size since 2005, and today boasts a turnover of £80m and 450 employees.

It has also experienced geographic expansion across the UK, with a footprint totalling 12 operations.

Underpinned by its ongoing strategy of adding a new business, division or market sector every 12-18 months, alongside ensuring that 85% of its engineering projects are delivered using in-house expertise, adi plans to maximise profitability and fuel a sharp increase in personnel.

With current clients based in the aerospace; automotive; defence; food and drink; manufacturing; petrochemical, and pharmaceutical sectors, plans also include ongoing investment in new services, with a major launch into the packaging sector expected later this year.

As the majority of the group’s employees are based at client sites, growth will see further expansion into its customer base, strengthening the partnership approach adi has honed over its 25 year history.

Alan Lusty, chief executive, adi Group
Alan Lusty, chief executive, adi Group.

CEO and named among The Manufacturer’s Top 100 2015, Alan Lusty explained: “While still a challenge for many, a number of the markets that we service have seen steady growth in capital investment over recent years, and we expect that trend to continue.

“At the same time however, our clients are under increased pressure to deliver cost reductions, which can be realised in part through our self-delivery model. By delivering our services in-house, we can be confident in the quality of our offering as well as our ability to manage tightly and provide streamlined communication channels to our customers. Consequently, we are able to pass on these efficiency and cost savings to our customers.

He continued: “Equally important is a trend among blue chip companies in the UK and Ireland to steadily reduce the size of their supplier lists through the introduction of increasingly stringent criteria, with a particular focus on encouraging a sustainable supply chain.

“Our recent Gold accreditation under the EcoVadis platform – which is a pre-requisite for global leaders like Coca-Cola Enterprises and Akzo-Nobel – sets us apart from our competitors.

“Meanwhile, our commitment to launch one new business or division every 12 to 18 months means we have a roadmap for continuing to grow the Group’s offering, allowing us to tap into new market sectors and customer bases while showcasing our ability to provide turnkey solutions.”

Lusty added: “Now, our job will be to continue to support the development of the next generation talent, working with government, local authorities and our education partners to enthuse and inspire the young engineers of tomorrow and our recruits of the future.”