ICME Honorary Treasurer, Trevor Stevenson FICME, was able to present Sir Andrew Cook CBE FICME with his Gold Pin for over 50 years of membership of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, as he had joined the then Institute of British Foundrymen in 1970.
Sir Andrew became chairman of William Cook in 1981 and began a period of rapid expansion and refocusing on new markets. By 1986, sales exceeded £10 million and, following a series of acquisitions over the next five years, by 1991 they had grown to £120 million. In 1997, he defeated a hostile takeover bid and took William Cook back into private ownership. In 2004, he was able to restore the company to 100% family control for the first time in 50 years.
The Cook Group now manufacturers highly engineering components in steel for a range of sectors including rail, construction and defence, employing over 480 people at its three factories in Sheffield, Leeds and Stanhope.
A highly respected and influential figure in the UK foundry and casting industry, and fierce advocate for UK based manufacturing, Sir Andrew noted, on receiving the Gold Pin, that he was “pleasantly surprised” that his membership of the Institute and “involvement in this supremely difficult industry” would be recognised in this way and that he would “wear it proudly at future events”.