Profile: Dr. Andrew Barraclough Group Product Performance Manager ANZ

Andrew has recently completed his Ph.D. Civil Engineering. His thesis on Analysis of Edgelift Anchor Failures in Experimental Precast Panels has been acknowledged by Engineers Australia and has been awarded the status of Fellow with Engineers Australia.

Tell us a bit about your background

“I started my engineering career in the automotive industry, which spanned 15 years. I worked for Ford, Frontline and Bosch over that time, with highlights including working on the Ford transit van rear step, the aluminium structural sump on the new release Ford Falcon (still in use until local manufacturing ceased), the Jeep Cherokee towbar, and the Aluminium ute tray on the Mitsubishi Triton.I could see the automotive industry was in decline in Australia, which lead to the opportunity to join the Reid business in January 2009. Having previously held Product Manager and Research and Development Manager roles, I am now the Group Product Performance Manager Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) for the new ramsetreid business”.

How would you describe your role?

“In simple terms, I get paid to break stuff. I’m sure is the dream job for any kid with an interest in understanding how things work.The technical explanation is that I manage our product testing and compliance for post installed mechanical and chemical anchors and cast-in connections, in addition to other ramsetreid product applications.Ensuring our product range is tested and compliant to local standards is critical. 

We have been in the ANZ market for long enough that we have a strong understanding of what the local industries require. I’m really proud that the work we undertake is able to support improving international and national standards to ensure our industry delivers great construction outcomes”.

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