An­gus firm spins global fu­ture with new team

IN­VEST­MENT: £1m and ad­di­tional em­ploy­ees to de­velop tex­tile ca­pa­bil­i­ties

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - BUSINESS - MichaeL aLeXaN­der busi­ness@the­

An An­gus-based global tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany is con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in China, In­dia and the USA as it un­veils a re­vamped ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team to take the com­pany for­ward.

J&D Wilkie Ltd, which has been oper­at­ing as a fam­ily-run busi­ness in Kir­riemuir for al­most 150 years, has re­it­er­ated its pledge to be “lead­ers in the world of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles” for fil­tra­tion, con­struc­tion, en­ergy and de­fence in­dus­tries.

In a state­ment ahead of the firm’s 150th an­niver­sary next year, fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor Roger McGill said: “J&D Wilkie has in­vested ap­prox­i­mately £1 mil­lion in new equip­ment and wel­comed ad­di­tional new em­ploy­ees to help de­velop and grow its tech­ni­cal tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties at the group’s head­quar­ters in Kir­riemuir.

“These de­vel­op­ments are es­sen­tial prepa­ra­tion for the ex­cit­ing plans to mod­ernise our core busi­ness over the com­ing years.

“We op­er­ate on a global scale with thriv­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing bases in China and In­dia and have re­cently ex­panded our sales pres­ence into the USA.

“Our on­go­ing fo­cus is to de­velop and in­no­vate tech­ni­cal tex­tiles for our cus­tomers to al­low them to make their prod­ucts and busi­nesses safer, more ef­fi­cient and more pro­duc­tive.

“We would like to thank the work­force for all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to make our shared vi­sion, a re­al­ity and our com­pany in Kir­riemuir stronger.”

Founded by James and David Wilkie as a jute weaver in 1868, the com­pany has seen many changes through the years and prides it­self on be­ing one of the best tex­tile weavers in Europe.

Michael Rowan, Bob Low and Alan Downs (re­tired) have been hand­ing the reins over to the new team for the last year.

Un­der the new set-up, Mr Rowan con­tin­ues as non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the board and Mr Low will cease em­ploy­ment with the com­pany but will be avail­able in a con­sul­tancy role.

Hamish Rowan (sixth gen­er­a­tion) and Jean-Christophe Granier will con­tinue as joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tors and will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­tion and sales re­spec­tively with Roger McGill as fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor.

Pic­ture: Gareth Jen­nings.

Seated are the new J&D Wilkie board of Roger McGill (fi­nance di­rec­tor), Hamish Rowan (joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor) and Jean-Christophe Granier (joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor), with the old board, stand­ing, of Michael Rowan and Bob Low.

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