The Lola Group, a worldwide leader in design, engineering and manufacturing, today announced the appointment of Andrew Manahan as their new Group Managing Director.

With  group  responsibility, operationally Andrew will manage the Lola Composites business division while working closely alongside Rupert Manwaring, Managing  Director of the Lola Cars division.

Andrew brings to the role a wealth of experience and a proven track record in leading edge technology. He joins Lola in July 2007, from Schleifring Systems part of the world renowned defence engineering group  Wegmann where he is currently managing director of their UK facility in Newbury.

Andrew’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Lola’s Composites Division. He will be charged with maximising the Group’s diverse expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing, and as a global supplier of advanced composites to many industries, including automotive, defence, aerospace, motorsport, communications and marine.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew Manahan said, “Lola is a globally recognised brand, with an excellent reputation for product quality and customer support. I’ll be joining a highly experienced workforce and am looking  forward to driving the worldwide business of Lola Composites to even greater heights.”

Recent examples of Lola’s success in the composites field include the production of a prototype UUV (underwater unmanned vehicle) built for BAe systems; the company’s recent contract to design and manufacture tooling for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) element of the  UK’s Watchkeeper Tactical UAV programme; and Lola’s long term production of resin infused composite panels supplied for the Mercedes SLR McLaren supercar.

Martin Birrane, Executive Chairman of the Lola Group said, “We’re delighted to welcome Andrew at this important period for Lola. We’re currently working on a number of extremely high profile composites initiatives, and in 2008 we will celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. We’re sure his wealth of industry knowledge and experience will prove invaluable.”
Andrew Manahan.
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