ABB’s new UK drives manager takes up position

2017-03-03 - ABB has appointed Stuart Melling to lead its UK variable-speed drives and controls business following the promotion of Neil Ritchie to a global service management role.

Stuart’s role, effective from 1st January 2017, follows his previous experience successfully guiding the company’s UK drives service operation. Prior to that he was sales manager for ABB’s marine and cranes business and operations manager for its UK measurement and analytics portfolio.

Melling says he intends to use his new role to focus on supporting customers by closing the loop between Industry 4.0 technologies and the real business value they can bring, whilst providing long-term support for customers with older drive systems.

“2017 is an exciting year for motor-driven applications,” says Melling, “While my focus is on variable-speed drives, we are working closer than ever with other ABB businesses that provide vital parts of the drive train – such as motors, mechanical power transmission, PLCs and HMIs.

“Our aim is to reinforce our position as a leader in the supply of complete packages. This is a particular strength as we are one of the few manufacturers of both motors and drives and ancillary equipment. Not only can we offer a perfectly matched pair, but we are also able to extract valuable data from an application and through the Internet of Things ensure that equipment lifetime is extended, productivity is enhanced and even more energy is saved.”

Stuart, who joined ABB 12 years ago, is based in the North West of the UK with his wife and children.

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    Stuart Melling, Local Business Unit Manager for ABB Drives & Controls UK.
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