Who We are – AD Global

Most companies would tell you ‘What’ they do in describing who they are. So we could say that, we are a specialist recruitment company working in additive manufacturing, that help our clients by identifying, engaging, attracting and recruiting the talented professionals they need to meet their strategic objectives. Or we could tell you that we work proactively to support, advise and guide individuals looking to make the next step in their career. All of this is true but what we would rather do is share more about ‘Why’ we do what we do.

We are all passionate about technology. We are all passionate about enabling the industrial revolution in additive manufacturing through talent. We are all passionate about learning and having new experiences. We have a unique team focused culture driven to support each other and guided by our vision and values.

We came together and this business was created more by chance than by foresight but our future is clear and our vision for the future is simple.

  • SEP 2013
    From Barcelona to Bristol
  • Mar 2014
    The Interest Begins
  • Jun 2014
    The First Steps
  • Sep 2014
    Back to School
  • Mar 2015
    The First Trade Show
  • Dec 2015
    Our First Team Member
  • Nov 2015
    Formnext 2015
  • Sep 2015
    Euromold 2015
  • Jul 2015
    Alexander Daniels Global is Born
  • May 2015
    The Turning Point
  • Jan 2016
    The Spanish Contingent Increases
  • Apr 2016
    The First Quarterly “Strategy” Meeting
  • Jun 2016
    We Made a Profit
  • Jul 2016
    The Second Quarterly “Strategy” Meeting
  • Oct 2016
    We Get Serious About Social
  • Mar 2017
    Additive Manufacturing
    European Commission
  • Feb 2017
    Inside 3D Printing
  • Nov 2016
    The Biggest Month in
    Our History

From Barcelona to Bristol

September 2013

A young energetic Spanish guy named Juan Miguel travelled from Barcelona to Bristol to work, learn and improve his English. A well written e-mail catches the eye of recruitment entrepreneur Nick who recruits him to help launch a new division within his business.

The Interest Begins

March 2014

An article on the BBC News website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26543569) sparks an interest in this fascinating technology known as 3D Printing. Non stop conversations and research begins.

The First Steps

June 2014

Juan Miguel leaves to return to Barcelona but only after being convinced to invest the next twelve months researching the 3D Printing Industry further and adopting a ‘lean start up’ approach to a potential new recruitment company specialising in 3D Printing.

Back to School

September 2014

Juan Miguel and Nick enroll in a Deloitte on-line course to learn in-depth about the different 3D Printing technologies. The research begins and like most lean start-ups, Juan Miguel was working from his bedroom late at night and at weekends, while still completing the final year of his business degree at University.

The First Trade Show

September 2014

Juan Miguel visits the 3DPrintShow in Madrid to engage and learn more about the industry. Coming away with a handful of business cards and some productive meetings was not the only thing he gained. A start-up 3D Printing Business were looking for a CEO and Juan Miguel was engaged through our ADvanced Selection model to find the right candidate.

Our First Team Member

December 2015

Interested in all things technology and feeling left out of the revolution, we poach our first team member. Loxley joined the team and from this point on we will never miss a piece of industry news again.

Formnext 2015

November 2015

With confidence amongst the team and awareness amongst the industry rising, Formnext presented a further platform for Alexander Daniels Global to establish themselves as the partner for talent in Additive Manufacturing. The ambition was to be a Speaker at the event in 12 months time.

Euromold 2015

September 2015

JWith business cards in hand and with an increasing client base the pair embark upon a trip to Dusseldorf to the Euromold Conference. As relative new kids on the block there was a need to build relationships. It turned out to be a fantastic event that helped launch the fledgling business and cement strong relationships with early clients.

Alexander Daniels Global is Born

July 2015

The new company is officially incorporated in the UK and at the same time Juan Miguel sets up the business in Barcelona moving into the creative co-working environment at Betahaus. Our vision, ‘To enable the industrial revolution in additive manufacturing through talent.’

The Turning Point

May 2015

Juan Miguel and Nick are invited in to present to HP in Barcelona. After an intense meeting a relationship is born. Juan Miguel placed the CEO with the start-up and we secured another ADvanced Selection assignment with industry leader SLM Solutions. The research and hypothesis is validated. There is a need for a specialist recruitment consultancy focused exclusively on 3D Printing.

The Spanish Contingent Increases

January 2016

The new company is officially incorporated in the UK and at the same time Juan Miguel sets up the business in Barcelona moving into the creative co-working environment at Betahaus. Our vision, ‘To enable the industrial revolution in additive manufacturing through talent.’

The First Quarterly “Strategy” Meeting

April 2016

Building a business across multiple locations it is important to create a consistent culture. We all headed to Flaine in the French Alps and after a day reviewing our performance and setting our new goals, we spent a day on the slopes.

We Made a Profit

June 2016

12 months in and our start-up was profitable. We now had a team of four across two offices in Barcelona and Birmingham and we still managed to deliver a small profit. This is something we are very proud of as a business because very few start up companies do this in their first year!

The Second Quarterly “Strategy” Meeting

July 2016

With our culture at the heart of the company and based on our desire to have new experiences all the time we headed to Lille for Euro Championship. We enjoyed the atmosphere, singing and celebrating with Welsh and Belgium fans late into the night.

We Get Serious About Social

October 2016

We are futurists and we love technology but we are busy and not very good at using social media and doing marketing. Our solution was to hire somebody with the drive, skills and passion to help us tell our story to the World. Chiu-Yee joined and she started to put the men in our place.

The Biggest Month in Our History

November 2016

We present at the European Commission on ‘The Skills Shortage and Talent Challenges in Additive Manufacturing’. We open and office in the US and secure a fantastic agent, Jennifer, to be our representative in our fastest growing international market. We present at Formnext. Our ambition is realised and we can now consider ourselves ‘Thought Leaders’ on Talent in AM.

Inside 3D Printing

February 2017

We presented an exclusive speaker session and were also invited as guests to be on the discussion panel at Inside 3D Printing in Dusseldorf.

Whilst the conference was orientated more around the technical challenges and aspects of the industry, we directed importance to the topic of talent and skills of professionals in AM and its implications. Our session created great interest and thought-provoking discussions, which opened doors to new connections and opportunities.

Additive Manufacturing European Commission

March 2017

We were a part of the workshop, organized by the European Commission: “Tackling the Additive Manufacturing Skills Gap”. As thought-leaders in the industry, we gave our expert insight on the matter and stressed the importance of current and future AM businesses investing in and seriously considering talent and skills challenges. Working closely with the European Commission, we continue to articulate a talent and skills strategy to secure a sustainable future of the Additive Manufacturing industry.