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Dutch motors giant appoints UK sales director

18 December, 2009

The Netherlands-based motor supplier Dutchi Motors has appointed David Ede as its dedicated sales director for England, Scotland and Wales. Ede previously ran WEG Electric Motors in the UK before becoming MD of IMO Precision Controls in 2007. He will be targeting the UK`s top 50 OEMs with the aim of capturing 10% of the market within five years.

Dutchi`s existing distributors, including Camis Motors & Drives and the Hayley Group, will continue in this role.

“We are expanding across the globe rapidly and decided the time was right to increase our presence in the UK,” explains Dutchi sales director, Mark Williams.

“Never before has it been more necessary to inject new blood into the UK supply side so that manufacturers have a real choice of electric motors from credible suppliers,” suggests Ede (above). “Dutchi is the best placed manufacturer to enter the UK in more than a decade,” he adds, pointing to its range of products and to "a well-funded parent company that can sustain growth."

In 2008, Dutchi was bought for $34m by the US motor-maker Regal Beloit, which also acquired the Chinese motor manufacturer Hwada which is one of Dutchi’s key suppliers. Dutchi now has global sales worth $75m and stocks more than 80,000 motors worth $20m at its 18,500m2 European headquarters in Arnhem. Regal Beloit`s sales in 2008 were worth $2.25bn (25% up on 2007), while its net income grew by 9% to $128.6m.