Sheffield-based engineering steel supplier Hillfoot has appointed Peter Morris to the newly-created role of Purchasing Director.
Peter has more than 20 years of purchasing experience within the industry, including a previous spell with Hillfoot.
He returns to the business with enhanced knowledge of metals sector supply chains and an extensive network of relationships with steel producers around the world, having spent the past six years as Managing Director of Energy Alloys and Director of Blencathra Industries.
Craig James, Hillfoot’s MD, said Peter was a key appointment for the company’s plans to further improve its service levels in 2019. “We’re thrilled that Peter has agreed to return to Hillfoot, as we strongly believe he is the best person in the industry to lead our purchasing operation through what promise to be challenging market conditions next year,” said Craig.
“Our primary focus is on ensuring continuity of material supply to our customer base, at a time of increased global demand for engineering steel and the best quality mills look to remain on extended lead times for many commonly-used carbon and alloy grades.
“Peter’s experience of developing supply chains and establishing new supply routes for certified materials will be crucial in supporting the demands of our customers and making certain they have the steel they require for their manufacturing process when they need it.”
Peter added: “It’s an exciting time for Hillfoot, with investment being made in new equipment and expanding the team, and I’m looking forward to helping the purchasing function make a significant contribution to the company’s growth targets over the next 12 months.”
Hillfoot, established in Sheffield in 1923, is now a division of the Murray Metals Ltd group, a supplier of steel plate, long products, general steels, engineering bar, aluminium and processing services to customers around the world.