Neil Solomons

Every month we feature an insight into the lives of one of our staff members or associates in order to learn more about the people that make up the Ian Dickie team.This month we interview Neil Solomons, Technical Manager at our Cape Town Head Office.

Neil is yet another long standing and valued member of the Ian Dickie team with 22 years of service under his belt.
Neil studied Production Management (INTEC) as well as Operations Management and Autodesk - Engineering Design (UCT). Once he had graduated Neil’s first taste of the job market was as a Quality Controller (Production) for Alphas Plastics, where he worked for a year before joining the Ian Dickie team.

As a dedicated family man Neil loves nothing more than to spend time with his family, braaing, watching movies and generally enjoying precious quality time with his young children. In terms of sports, passions and hobbies Neil enjoys following Moto GP, rugby and snooker, but something that not too many people are aware of is his serious passion for pimped out cars and motorbikes. He also enjoys attending motor shows and events that bring like-minded people together, the emphasis for him being the appreciation of the engineering talent and skill that goes into building these vehicles.

When asked about milestones, people or events that have made an impact or influenced him during his time at Ian Dickie, Neil says he was very fortunate to have enjoyed some long conversations with our founder Mr. Dickie when he was asked to do some personal repairs for him. Neil references this period as having had a strong influence in his decision to pursue a long term career with the company.

When asked about his thoughts on how technology will affect the way Ian Dickie does business in the future, Neil had an interesting response, which clearly relates back to his passion for engineering design, when he says “ Ian Dickie’s products are tried and tested and built around customer influence with a strong emphasis on functionality and reliability, however keeping up with technology, is all too important and competition will inevitably drive us to consider more carefully the aesthetics or cosmetic look and feel of our manufactured products. This is an area that I look forward to being able to play a role in, from a design and production timing aspect.”

We would sincerely like to thank Neil for providing us with some insight into his life and also for his ongoing loyalty and dedication to the Ian Dickie brand. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.

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