Wittmann Battenfeld UK has announced that managing director Barry Hill is to retire. He will leave his current role on 1 January, 2020.
Having originally joined Battenfeld UK as a service engineer and then worked his way into management, Hill was key in the integration of Wittmann and injection moulding machine manufacturer Battenfeld in 2008.
Michael Wittmann, group general manager of the Austrian machine specialist, commented: “Barry will be sorely missed within the Wittmann family. No anniversary celebration, trade exhibition or conference will be the same without him. However, we realise that we cannot hold Barry back from a very well earned retirement. Europe’s ski slopes and motorbiking highways will surely benefit from our loss!”
From January, Wittmann Battenfeld UK, which has its headquarters in Wellingborough, will be jointly run by Daniel Williams and Tracy Cadman, who will be respectively responsible for sales and finance.
Wittmann added: “We are delighted with the Wittmann Battenfeld UK succession plan and we give Daniel and Tracy every support. The UK and Ireland markets are significant for us – not least for their manufacturing creativity and their capacity to ‘enjoy innovation’ – our current theme and slogan for K 2019 and beyond.”
Speaking about the announcement, Hill said: “I have every confidence in passing the baton on to Daniel and Tracy. Like myself, Dan has come up through manufacturing via the apprentice route and therefore has a solid grounding in the issues and principles of industrial life. Our customers are in very good hands.
“It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve the Wittmann Group through my career. It is rare indeed to work today for a global business that adheres so faithfully to true family values. Over the transition period of the next six months I am looking forward to steadily handing over the UK reins and to seeing many old friends and customers on site and at the K 2019 in October in Düsseldorf.”
Barry Hill featured in the May/June 2019 issue of PRW, commenting on the benefits of Industry 4.0 and how automation can help improve manufacturing efficiencies for plastics moulders.