Mila customers benefit from new appointment in China

Mila customers are benefiting from the appointment of Steve Johnston as the first Head of Global Sourcing for its parent company Arran Isle Ltd. 

Based in the Ningbo region of China, right in the heart of Mila’s biggest manufacturing area, Steve is working with the company’s dedicated team there to ensure the consistent quality of all Mila products supplied into the UK.

Steve is an expert in his field, having spent 15 years earlier in his career working directly for Mila in the Far East, and most recently having enjoyed a successful spell with merchant giant Travis Perkins.

He has already been instrumental in the setting up of a new joint Quality Improvement Task Force across the Arran Isle group to share the vast amount of knowledge which exists about how the suppliers operate, with the aim of reducing the costs and incidence of non-compliance.

Steve said of his new role:

“Mila already has a very impressive quality performance set up here, built on the fact that it has 10 year partnerships in place with many of its suppliers.  Moving forward, I’ll be looking at ways in which we can help those suppliers to perform even better and deliver the incremental improvements in quality which will make a difference to customers.”

Mila has a team of 16 operating directly in China and has its own testing facilities enabling it to check everything from material specification to plating finishes before products are shipped to the UK, so already puts its suppliers under intense scrutiny.  However, Steve’s appointment will strengthen this still further and his focus is very much on driving Mila’s continuous improvement agenda.

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