New Managing Director Appointed At Engineering Firm

Long-time engineering manager Gerard O’Connor (pictured) has been named as the new managing director (MD) of Hamilton-based global process and chemical engineering firm PDV Consultants. Mr O’Connor has been with the firm for the best part of 22 years.

As PDV’s former engineering manager for the Asia-Pacific region, Mr O’Connor has designed and managed many large scale client projects in New Zealand, Indonesia, the USA, the UK, Australia and China over the past two decades.

PDV Consultants is a global expert in food processing technologies and systems design, headquartered in Hamilton, with an office in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Many of their projects for global food manufacturers involve spray dryer and evaporation technology.

The company was founded 28 years by David and Anne Platts.

The couple have announced their retirement from the firm at the end of November.

Mr Platts stepped down as MD, a role Mr O’Connor took over on 30 November.

Since opening in 1990, PDV has grown from two to 25 staff – including 21 in the firm’s Alexandra Street headquarters and four international staff based in Ireland.

PDV’s team of chemical, process and mechanical engineers have delivered projects for clients including Fonterra, Tatua, the Dairy Goat Cooperative, Danone, Glanbia (Ireland and USA), Dairconcepts (USA), First Milk (UK), South West Cheese and more.