Richard Taylor has joined world leading battery automation Group, TBS, as Group Operations Director.
In his new role Richard is responsible for all UK manufacturing operations, supply chain, and facilities management at the automation specialists new £15m state-of-the art headquarters, which opened in Gloucestershire in 2018. He also has responsibility for the manufacturing and supply chain throughout the TBS Group.
The newly created role is another significant step forward in TBS’ ‘Automating Tomorrow’ strategy and evolution into a ‘truly global Group’ says it’s Group Managing Director, David Longney.
Richard joins the TBS Group Leadership Team, with extensive experience in the engineering sector having worked for international manufacturer, Halliburton for 27 years as manufacturing centre manager and site director, at its UK operation. During this time Richard implemented systems of lean and continuous improvement, which realised impressive efficiency improvements of 100 per cent.
Richard qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1992, before receiving an MBA from the Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University. Having completed bronze Level Lean Leader training, he later led the transformation of the Halliburton Tewkesbury site, realising significant capacity gains.
Taylor says he has a clear vision for the supply chain and is looking at opportunities across the TBS group, to evolve the culture of continuous improvement and increase capacity:
“The business has a fantastic culture of innovation, which is helping to generate even greater speed, flexibility and output for its customers in the manufacture of lead-based batteries.
“Twelve months from now I’d like to see us using lean manufacturing tools to drive daily improvements, that will allow us to grow with the market, and our customers. I know from previous experience, what amazing results can be achieved with a process driven infrastructure that is lean, and an engaged workforce.”
“It’s exciting times within the sector. The battery industry is poised for growth, and there’s a clear vision within TBS to move the business onto new heights. With the financial backing of parent company MiTek, there’s huge potential across the group.”