Manager Bill keeping tabs on production at Komatsu UK.
Bill, 41, from Washington, worked at some of the region's top manufacturing companies, including AEI cables, Dunlop Armaline, Formica and Viasystems, before being headhunted by Birtley-based Komatsu, where he joined as production control manager in 1999.
Responsible for operations planning, he worked closely with the marketing department to ensure product availability based on forecasted requirements, and then translated operational plans into detailed factory schedules. Throughout this, Bill had to ensure that factory capacity and inventory levels were controlled.
In his new position, as senior manager of production control and planning, Bill will continue maintaining production control, but with the additional responsibility of the company's long-term development schedule, looking specifically at cost controls for new models.
Bill, who will report directly to deputy managing director, Tomoyoshi Nishikawa, said: "What I am most looking forward to is being involved earlier on in the development and control of new models, overseeing the process through from the initial development schedule to the delivery of the first machine."