3D printing specialist Star Rapid names new CEO

Under the new CEO's leadership, the company will focus on rapid prototyping, CNC machining, metal 3D printing, and other processes.

3D printing and rapid prototyping specialist Star Rapid (Zhongshan, China) has appointed business transformation specialist David Hunter as the company's CEO. The move follows a period of unprecedented revenue growth for the company, achieving a nearly 40% increase in 2017. This momentum continued into the first half of 2018, with company revenue increasing approximately 10% year-over-year along with an expansion of staff to 280 employees worldwide.

Star Rapid sees future growth opportunities with the rapid prototyping and low-volume manufacturing of smart devices with Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. These devices are increasing in prominence across many of the company’s core markets, including the automotive, medical, and industrial sectors.

Hunter will leverage his more than 30 years of lean management experience as the company continues to serve its diverse customer base. Under his leadership, the company will focus on rapid prototyping, CNC machining, metal 3D printing, injection molding, pressure die casting, vacuum casting, and a wide range of finishing services. Offering competitive prices and short lead times, the company will incorporate Industry 4.0 processes and systems that rely upon real-time data to increase operational efficiencies by eliminating bottlenecks, preventing line down or asset under-utilization, and implementing defect prevention measures.

Hunter has a proven track record of business transformation and was most recently VP of operations and quality at Multek, a division of Flex, where he helped lead the business turnaround and development. Prior to that position, he served as the vice president and general manager of electronics manufacturer Wuxi.

To further support Star Rapid’s growth, company founder Gordon Styles will serve as president and CTO.

For more information, please visit www.starrapid.com.

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