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Airdri invests in research and development with appointment of new director

The Airdri Group, a world leader in hand dryer development and elevator systems has appointed John Forshaw as Director of Research and Development.

John, who will take up his post on 1 May, will lead on research, development and the application of innovative technology for the two companies that make up the Airdri Group. He will help to introduce new product designs for hand drying specialist, Airdri, and its sister organisation Formula Systems, an internationally recognised authority on infra-red elevator door detection systems and speech units. Both businesses work with global distributors and strategic partners to supply these products around the world, with operations in the UK, Germany, USA, China and Hong Kong.
John has held a number of senior management positions in the engineering sector, and has broad experience of the electronics industry from both design and manufacturing perspectives. This includes 10 years developing and applying cutting edge infra-red technology to commercial applications.

Prior to this he worked for Motorola, providing an interface between international development and manufacturing teams, with responsibility for new product introduction into manufacturing. His earlier experience covered design, test and manufacturing roles in commercial and military electronics organisations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and degree qualified in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Bruce Philipps, Managing Director at Airdri, said: “We are undertaking a significant new product design programme, including substantial investment in research and development, as part of this year’s 40th anniversary. John’s extensive engineering experience will ensure we continue to meet customer requirements through continued product innovation.”

Airdri recently announced it will be launching two new hand drying products at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam in May to ensure there is a product for every need. The innovative new designs conform to the key principles of all Airdri’s hand dryer models  by offering reliability, energy efficiency and low noise output, and are designed to complement stylish washroom facilities.

John is the latest in a number of key appointments for Airdri, which include a new Group Commercial Director, James Clark. John Forshaw said: “I am looking forward to working for a fast-growing, dynamic and progressive company, which is investing in the latest design and technology innovations, whilst drawing upon 40 years of engineering expertise.”