appointed Peter Redmond as managing director of Manroland Sheetfed's UK operations – effective from March 22.
He will oversee the company's operations and business development in the territory following current Managing Director Martin Hawley's departure to pursue new challenges.
Redmond started his career as an apprentice at Rockwell Graphics Systems, helping to design the latest newspaper printing presses. After several years in the design office, gaining Chartered Engineering status, he moved across to the customer service department to take on the role of European customer services manager.
His next career move was UK National Sales Manager, Manroland Web Systems, specializing in newspaper printing presses.
In 2010, Peter joined KOMORI UK to undertake a similar role, becoming KOMORI’s European Director of Service Operations, responsible for sheetfed service within the EMEA region.
More recently, he held the position of zone business director UK & Ireland for BOBST Web-fed division.
"I am excited to be joining Manroland Sheetfed UK at a time of sustained profitability, on-going growth and success, following its acquisition by Langley Holdings plc," Redmond said. "The combination of German engineering design, technological innovation and client focus coupled with the strength and stability of a UK based international organization had real appeal and made my decision to return to the company, after a nine-year absence, quite an easy one. As managing director, my initial focus will be to continue to build on the achievements of the former Managing Director, Martin Hawley.
"I aim to fully utilize and tap into the company’s highly skilled and experienced UK workforce to enable our new and existing clients to continue to achieve outstanding operational performance," he added. "I very much look forward to meeting old and new acquaintances alike; upholding the strong traditions of Manroland Sheetfed GmbH and discussing the benefits of our current service and equipment portfolio."
Added Hawley: "It has been an honor to have worked at Manroland Sheetfed UK for the last 9 years, especially since its acquisition by the Langley Holdings group. The decision to leave the company was not an easy one but it will enable me to support my family’s ongoing future commitments. Manroland Sheetfed UK has been profitable every year since the acquisition by Langley and with the appointment of Peter Redmond and his knowledge of the industry, I can see it going from strength to strength."