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Apprentice urges other women to consider careers in STEM

Apprentice urges other women to consider careers in STEM

Movers and Shakers, Training
An 18-year old former drama student from Liverpool, who is now just one of three female apprentices at Linde Material Handling is determined to trailblaze the way for other women to consider a career in engineering. Self-confessed tomboy Lucy Pover joined the team of 88 apprentices at Linde in September last year and since then has been working hard to prove to her male counterparts that women can be just as good, if not better than men at fixing forklift trucks. The 18-year old former drama student said, “Although I’m very much a tom boy who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and enjoying the practical hands-on approach to learning, I’m also a girlie girl at heart which can sometimes give people the perception that I don’t fit into this very male dominated field. “When I fi
Narrow Aisle announce Business Development Manager appointment

Narrow Aisle announce Business Development Manager appointment

Movers and Shakers
Narrow Aisle Ltd – manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated warehouse truck-based intralogistics solutions – has announced the appointment of Ken Jackson to the role of Business Development Manager. Having worked previously for a leading materials handling equipment distributor and manufacturer in the UK, Ken has extensive experience of the logistics and supply chain sector and joins Narrow Aisle as part of the company’s ongoing expansion programme, John Maguire, managing director of Narrow Aisle Ltd, said: “Ken’s industry knowledge and commitment to customer care is second to none and we are delighted to welcome him to the Flexi Warehouse Systems team. The application of Flexi truck storage systems continues to grow worldwide as companies in diverse industry sectors realise th
Clark Veteran Appointed to New Role in Spain

Clark Veteran Appointed to New Role in Spain

Movers and Shakers
Clark Europe, widely seen as the oldest forklift maker in the world, has named a new senior executive for the Spanish market. Johannes Menzel started his new Clark Europe role as Regional Sales Manager for Spain on 1 July 2019. He is now responsible for the supervision and expansion of Clark’s forklift and spare parts activities in the country. In his 14 years at Clark Europe GmbH – where he has worked in spare parts order processing, interdepartmental technological coordination, spare parts procurement and sales, right through to the planning and implementation of web-based spare parts sales – the company says he has not only managed to expand his expertise in the field of industrial trucks, but also built up an extensive network of contacts in Spain. Menzel will be reporting di
AFI promotes Higgins to COO

AFI promotes Higgins to COO

Movers and Shakers
Powered access hire group AFI group has promoted Nick Higgins to group chief operating officer. The appointment of a COO is part of a restructure following last week’s acquisition of Facelift (GB). The acquisition takes AFI’s UK rental fleet to 7,500 machines. Nick Higgins will assume overall responsibility for AFI’s UK rental operations as well as group services. Working with him is a rental management team. Steve Williams heads the AFI-Uplift powered access hire business; Pete Wajner, the specialist rental division; and Neil Gellender and Graham Hawkins look after Hampshire Plant & Access, which was acquired by AFI in 2015. The move allows chief executive David McNicholas to work with chairman David Shipman on strategy and business development. David Shipman said:
New UK Managing Director for Baumann

New UK Managing Director for Baumann

Movers and Shakers
Leading sideloader manufacturer, Baumann, has appointed Mark Bann as UK managing director. Mark steps up from general manager and will take on the role with immediate effect, as Jason Reynolds becomes Group Managing Director. In addition to overseeing the existing Baumann business in the UK and Ireland, Mark will be responsible for working with the network of dealers across the country. Jason will focus on developing the burgeoning North American market as president of Baumann Canada. Said Mark: “It’s an exciting period in Baumann’s history and a great time to be taking on this responsibility. We began as a newly established UK company in August 2015. Today we have the relationships and infrastructure in place, significant stockholding and a fantastic dealer network.” Despite
Manitou’s MD, Mark Ormond, takes a seat on the CEA’s Management Council

Manitou’s MD, Mark Ormond, takes a seat on the CEA’s Management Council

Movers and Shakers
Following the CEA’s (Construction Equipment Association) AGM at Plantworx Construction Exhibition, Chief Executive, Rob Oliver, announced a new member of the Management Council – Mark Ormond, Manitou UK’s Managing Director. Commenting on the announcement Rob said, “I’m really pleased to welcome Mark to the Management Council team. As a former President of the Agricultural Engineers Association, he will bring an understanding of trade association work and fresh ideas.” Mark has been at the helm of Manitou UK for the past 18 months. His remit covers both the Manitou and Gehl brands with full responsibility for operations in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Manitou reported record sales in the region in 2018 with significant further growth during the first half o
New Marketeer at Manitou

New Marketeer at Manitou

Movers and Shakers
Manitou UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Tarek Husain as Marketing Manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland. Continued business growth has meant an even greater emphasis on marketing and this new appointment highlights Manitou’s commitment to promoting the brand and supporting our dealer network. Mark Ormond, Managing Director at Manitou says, “I am very pleased to welcome Tarek to the Manitou family. His role will bring a new focus to Manitou UK’s marketing efforts.  With 25 years marketing experience in both B2B and B2C marketing, excellent communication, branding and relationship building skills, his experience will help with our continued growth and raise the profile and awareness for the Manitou and Gehl brands in the UK and ROI”. “Globally, Manitou Group's gr
Management Team Shake-Up for Clark Europe

Management Team Shake-Up for Clark Europe

Movers and Shakers
Clark Europe, based in Duisburg ,Germany, has announced a shake-up of its top team. The forklift manufacturer has reorganized its management team in the operating business segment as well as in sales and marketing. It says the move was necessary to equip the company for the future and in particular to set in motion the plans for assembly production at the Duisburg site. Rolf Eiten, President & CEO of Clark Europe, has handed over the management of the operational business to Andreas Krause, in order to be able to concentrate better on strategic business development for the future. As the new COO (Chief Operating Officer), Krause will in future be responsible for spare parts, order processing, technical support, IT, the European development centre and logistics at the Europ...
Ireland’s 2019 Rich List No 235: Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett Worth €60 m

Ireland’s 2019 Rich List No 235: Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett Worth €60 m

Business, Movers and Shakers
Forklift business Combilift was started in Monaghan 18 years ago by engineers Martin McVicar (44) and Robert Moffett (62). Before the company went private in 2005, it had accumulated profits of almost €23m on a turnover of €53m. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength with revenues now at €1bn. It is difficult to put a value on the business, which recently opened a new facility built at a cost of €50m. Combilift currently exports 98pc of its products to 85 countries. The current workforce stands at 550 with over 200 new jobs being created. Financial experts have conservatively valued the business at €60m, although it is likely to be worth substantially more.
Day-to-day management team buys controlling stake in Narrow Aisle

Day-to-day management team buys controlling stake in Narrow Aisle

Business, Movers and Shakers
Management led by Managing Director, John Maguire, have acquired a controlling share in Narrow Aisle Ltd – the manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions – and its rental division. The move follows the decision by Narrow Aisle’s founder, Peter Wooldridge, and Group Finance Director, Cedric Randle, to step back from their day-to-day executive responsibilities with the company. Key management stakeholders within Narrow Aisle also include Donald Houston and Jim Porter who have joined the company as Finance Director and Chairman respectively. Both men have extensive experience of the materials handling sector: Donald Houston is a former director of Linde Scotland and Linde East, while Jim Porter previously served as MD of Jungheinrich
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