Changes well underway for Exalto Bearings

Mark Chesher Exalto UK2016 has been a big year for Exalto UK already. In January we were sold by our former parent company, Exalto BV, to US Corporation Graphite Metallizing Holdings Inc. (GMHI), and re-established as Exalto Bearings UK Ltd.

Under new leadership with Mark Chesher joining us as Business Manager, the first quarter has seen many changes to the business as we take steps to modernise and grow in terms of equipment, process and manpower.

Mark comes to Exalto with 38 years of experience in Engineering – a former apprentice having worked his way through the shop floor to the Senior Manager we have running our business today.

“I bring with me a fresh management style and tonnes of experience in the optimisation of manufacturing methods, as well as the management of culture change within a business – both are skills proving invaluable as we move Exalto forward this year under my management and our new ownership”.

“To keep Exalto ahead of our competitors we have to continually modernise in terms of the machinery and tooling we use, the staff we train and hire as well as the processes we employ throughout the business – we continually strive to keep our lead times as short as possible and the changes myself and Graphite Metallizing are making to the business will guarantee these stay as low as possible.”

The introduction of engineering apprenticeships at Exalto, as well as the creation of bespoke staff training programmes are just some of the ways Mark is changing how we approach manpower.

“Apprenticeships can be an invaluable source of fresh new talent and ideas, as well as keeping us up to date with technology as it changes” he comments, “while existing staff are motivated and developed by more tailored training”. This coupled with major investments in equipment and machinery, especially digital CNC machines and new tooling, will ensure our production is as streamlined as possible, therefore ultimately reducing lead times for customers who need quick turnaround on bearings.

Amongst all the changes however, Exalto also retains a familiar face with Dennis Rawle returning as Managing Director.

“As the former General Manager, I have long been associated with the Exalto Bearing business and am excited to continue my involvement in this new chapter for the company.”


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