MANUFACTURING company Ebac has appointed a new managing director.

Graeme McGregor will work with the Newton Aycliffe-based firm’s founder and chairman, John Elliott, to take advantage of the economic recovery following Covid to build and sell more electricals such as washing machines.

The role of MD has been vacant since Mr Elliott's daughter Pamela Petty stepped down in 2016.

Mr McGregor previously worked with specialist chemical industry companies and spent nearly 27 years as a leader with the sustainable technology company, Johnson Matthey.

During his career he was managing director of different Johnson Matthey businesses in the chemical, industrial processes and oil and gas sectors and most recently headed up the New Business division.

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His working life has taken him from Tioxide International in South Africa, where he is from, to a former ICI business on Teesside, Synetix, to Johnson Matthey organisations in Europe, the USA and Africa.

Mr McGregor, graduated in finance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the London Business School.

His key skills, which will all be applied in his new role at Ebac, are the development of detailed strategies, including financial targets, and developing key performance indicators and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and anchored within a Time Frame) objectives to deliver market leading performance results which benefit customers, staff and shareholders.

He said: “Ebac is exactly the type of business the North needs to help our economy reach its potential. It is locally owned, with specific objectives in its constitution to deliver manufactured products from factories in County Durham. Its focus is on designing and manufacturing great electrical products that are popular, reliable and affordable in the UK market and beyond.”

He added: “The initial phase of the development of the Ebac washing machine is over, now it is time to scale up and deliver the only UK manufactured washing machine to more consumers.

"If we are successful, we will offset imports and help the country’s balance of trade, at the same time as creating and securing long term employment for more people in County Durham.

"The firm is a great SME manufacturer, and I am proud to join its inspirational Chairman, John Elliott, to drive growth in the years ahead.”


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