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15 October 2014

Miller invests for future global expansion

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
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Mike Askew and Brendan Quill, Miller’s executive team
Mike Askew (left) and Brendan Quill join Miller's executive team
Miller UK, which is investing heavily to enhance production processes and product availability in preparation for global expansion over the next decade, has strengthened its executive team with the strategic appointments of group managing director, Mike Askew, and global sales and marketing director, Brendan Quill.

The north-east England company, which designs and manufactures attachments for earthmoving equipment, recently launched a range of hydraulic breakers to add to its product line.

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.

Mike Askew, who has a background in mechanical engineering and brings with him substantial hands-on experience of large-scale industrial production, said: “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 invested 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 , whose wealth of experience includes working with international OEMs, said: “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.”

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