Ian Roberts has joined Bevan Group in the newly created role of engineering & production director to streamline the design and manufacturing teams and help accelerate growth plans.
Roberts brings 25 years of experience including a lengthy stint in a senior management role with another bodybuilder. He joins Bevan Group from Danish-owned truck-mounted crane manufacturer HMF, where he spent the last six years as managing director of its UK operation.
Roberts is now leading the design and manufacturing teams at Bevan’s three production facilities in the Black Country, as well as its Supertrucks operation in St Helens, Merseyside, which specialises in building glass-carrying vehicles but undertakes other projects too.
He is also overseeing the re-location of the Bevan Specialist Products operation from its current base in Stone, Staffordshire, to another site, close to the Group’s headquarters in Wednesbury.
An early priority for Roberts is to achieve efficiencies and cost-savings by implementing synergies across the Bevan Group’s disparate operations following the acquisitions of the Supertrucks and Bevan Specialist Products (formerly Stag Bodies) business units within the last three years.
Roberts commented: “We’ve already made some dramatic changes at Supertrucks, which have delivered an increase of 30-40% in productivity. That’s a big ‘win’ which has allowed us to reduce lead times for customers, but there’s plenty more to come.”
Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.