Barry Hill, Managing Director of Wittmann Battenfeld UK Ltd, will retire from his role on January 1, 2020.
Hill (pictured, left) has been instrumental for WITTMANN Group business in the UK for well over thirty years. He began his working life as an engineering apprentice with GKN Kent Alloys. His next position was as a service engineer for Battenfeld UK. Barry was thus very well placed to integrate the two businesses when WITTMANN acquired the Battenfeld global injection moulding business on April 1, 2008.
Michael Wittmann, WITTMANN Group General Manager, said that “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!”
Come the new year, WITTMANN BATTENFELD UK will be jointly run by Daniel Williams and Tracy Cadman (pictured, centre and right), responsible for sales and finance respectively. Michael Wittmann adds that “we are delighted with the WITTMANN BATTENFELD UK succession plan and we give Daniel and Tracy every support. The UK and Irish 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.”
Barry adds that “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.”