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Siemens appoints Peters to be MD of UK drives plant

12 May, 2014

Siemens has appointed Andrew Peters to be the new managing director of its drives manufacturing plant in Congleton, Cheshire, succeeding Finbarr Dowling, who is going to be the project director for Siemens’ new wind turbine manufacturing facilities at Green Port in Hull, and Paull in Yorkshire.

Peters has spent more than ten years in various senior management roles in Siemens, most recently leading the Drive Technologies Division for Siemens Industry UK and Ireland. He has worked in the electrical and electronic engineering industry for more than 25 years and spent time as a strategic consultant to Cap Gemini

“Andrew is ideally suited to become managing director of the Siemens Congleton Plant,” says Juergen Maier, managing director of Siemens Industry UK and Ireland. “He has a breadth of experience in change management, leadership and manufacturing.

“What especially makes Andrew stand out is his commitment to UK industry,” Maier adds. “Put simply, he is an industrial growth champion, with a commitment to helping Siemens and our domestic supply chain develop and grow.”

Peters: at the cutting edge of UK manufacturing

Peters, who takes up his new role on 1 July, says he is looking forward to building on “the tremendous success of the plant in recent years”. He points out that the award-winning plant has a reputation for being productive and innovative, and using the latest digital manufacturing software to improve its competitiveness. “I will be committed to helping the plant achieve strong and robust growth, whilst ensuring the facility remains at the cutting edge of British manufacturing.”

The Congleton plant, established in in 1971, produces more than 1.3m motor drives each year. The site employs more than 500 people, and exports 98% of its output to 78 countries. Recently, the plant opened a “junior factory” – a business-within-a-business for apprentices to develop the skills to run British factories of the future.

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