A2E gears up for 20th anniversary with appointment of three new key hires

Gary Cheng (project manager of A2E)

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A2E, one of the UK’s leading product design and development companies, has made three new key hires as it gears up to celebrate 20 years in business.

The Livingston-based firm, which says its recent growth is down to a surge in demand for product development, has appointed Gary Cheng as project manager and Georgios Sidiropoulos as consulting electronics engineer. In addition, Mark Sansom is promoted to director of engineering.   Celebrating 20 years in business in April 2022, A2E has worked on many innovative projects over the past two decades with a particular focus on the oil, gas and utilities sectors.

Gary Cheng started with A2E in January and will be responsible for project management, resources and development planning as well as its execution. Previously he was the team lead for Philips Electronics in Hong Kong, and has been working in product development in consumer electronics for over 15 years.

Mark Sansom is an experienced engineering manager working with multi-discipline teams to develop rugged and portable instrumentation and sensing devices. Previously, as a project manager, he worked in both UK Government roles and private industry.

Georgios Sidiropoulos has a PhD focused on Contemporary Electronic Technologies for Physics Applications from the University of Ioannina, and is highly skilled in electronic systems design, FPGA prototyping, micro-controllers and various programming languages environments.

David Ross, managing director at A2E, comments: “Celebrating 20 years in business is a huge milestone for us, and these three new key hires will enable us to continue to grow and hopefully be at the forefront of product development for many years to come. We are really seeing a boom in product development just now as companies get back on track after putting things on the back-burner during the pandemic. A2E now has a multidisciplinary team of 15 highly experienced engineers and project managers, and we are still looking to expand and aim to have a team of 20 in place by the end of 2022.”

To date A2E has worked on 400 projects for 120 customers. This has ranged from intrinsically safe solutions for the oil and gas sector to smart metering technologies for utilities. In 2019 the company became part of Kansas-based Pivot International offering access to an additional 105 development engineers worldwide as well as Pivot’s global manufacturing capabilities. Together with its sister company in the Pivot group, Glasgow-based Wideblue, the two companies can provide a complete end-to-end product solution from concept and prototyping to full commercialisation and manufacture.

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