With effect from 1 May 2015, Stellex Manufacturing Ltd is once again trading as a stand-alone entity.
It was previously absorbed into distributor ScoMac Catering Equipment in 2011, while ScoMac itself has been part of the Unitech Industries Group since a buyout in 2009.
Stellex will continue to be owned by the Unitech group of companies and supply catering fabrications to the distributor and trade markets.
The Hadston, Northumberland-based firm has welcomed back former employee and technical manager Tony Chamberlain. As the new co-owner/MD, Chamberlain said he is looking forward to re-joining the business, which was previously managed by his father, Peter Chamberlain, prior to its 2011 sale.
Chamberlain has experience as a sheet metal worker, technical manager and kitchen designer. Nick Imlah, group chairman/MD of the Unitech Industries Group commented: “His background puts him in a great position to provide a solution-based response to distributor’s demands. Likewise, his experience in project management will be a major advantage in helping him ensure that customers’ expectations of having on time deliveries with a right first time/hassle free approach experience, are met.
“With first-hand experience of working for a Newcastle-based distributor, Tony appreciates the demands of distributors when it comes to finding reliable suppliers that they can trust and rely on. In essence, Tony’s goal when assuming this new role, will be offering a ‘hassle free fabrication and delivery solution’ that works. In conjunction, with a commitment of working with and building relationships with suppliers and customers, this focus will be placed at the forefront of Stellex’s business plan.
“Equally important, Tony will be returning to a business that already has in place an enthusiastic and committed workforce. Some who have previously worked with him remain keen to build on this ethos, whilst continuing to grow and improve on the current offering. In doing so, Tony looks forward to embracing new technologies and developing products that can deliver efficiency savings and reduce running costs; paramount in today’s marketplace.”
Iain Munro, MD of ScoMac explained: “By re-aligning the overall ScoMac/Stellex business strategies, this will allow both independently run companies to focus on their core production capacity and capabilities. Upon reflection, when the former Stellex business was acquired by ScoMac, its initial purpose was to increase its portfolio of services to include a more modular range of hot and cold service counters, with general fabrication production facilities, to meet all our clients’ demands.
“Now that ScoMac has become an established core element of the Unitech Group, linked with the changing market place, the directors identified Stellex would be better placed to compete in the market place, if it became a stand-alone operation once again. We therefore wish Tony, his team and the new Stellex Manufacturing Ltd business all the very best in this new and extremely exciting venture.”
Unitech Industries Group remains confident that Stellex will be now be in a much stronger position to continue to develop under this new management regime. It believes this newly formed business should be quick to achieve its desired outcomes by focusing on delivering, a quality manufactured product, into the distributor market.
Imlah commented: “Tony will be able dedicate himself to Stellex and pick up some of those past relationships Stellex previously had with distributors across the UK and Ireland, whilst continuing with the development of new. We look forward to a prosperous future ahead, building on relationships with existing/former customers whilst welcoming new.”