Miller invest for the future

March 13th, 2015
Mike Askew (L) and Brendan Quill (R) join the Miller team

Mike Askew (L) and Brendan Quill (R) join the Miller team

One of the North East’s most successful manufacturing companies is restructuring to improve production processes and product availability in preparation for global expansion over the next decade.

Miller is already a world leader in the design and manufacture of attachments for earthmoving equipment and has recently launched a range of hydraulic breakers to its product line.

To achieve its ambitious growth plans, the company’s executive team has been strengthened with the strategic appointments of Group Managing Director, Mike Askew and Global Sales and Marketing Director, Brendan Quill.

Keith Miller, Chairman said:

We have come a very long way in the last 36 years but for the company to be a true world player it needs someone to take control of the operational function so that we, the shareholders can step back and examine where we are going in the medium-long term.

New MD Mike Askew has a 28 year background in the aerospace industry leading international manufacturing businesses at OEM and within the supply chain, and brings with him substantial experience across a wide range of production environments.

He added:

My initial focus has been to review our business processes, and make changes that allow us to better serve our customers in the growing economies we operate in. We have started an investment programme in new equipment to improve manufacturing processes, as well as purchasing a facility just outside London to service and support our Southern customer base.

Brendan Quill brings with him a wealth of experience; in particular working with international OEMs and operating in senior business development.

After speaking to a number of our customers, it was apparent that product lead-times had been an issue during a recent increase in demand across the industry. Our business is cyclical; therefore we are making significant investments in stock over the winter months so that we will be in great shape for the new buying season in early 2015.