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It will be sad to see the company go but I wonder if the 300 orders and the staff can be redirected into a phoenix company?

Only last September the company - on the back of the new investment from Endless Private Equity - appointed Mike Willink as chief operating officer.

From the Amdega blog: "Amdega is delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Willink to the main board as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Willink's appointment quickly follows the significant investment into the company by UK private equity house, Endless LLP, in August 2010.

The appointment is central to Amdega's wider strategy of driving a series of major operational improvement initiatives through the business on the back of the fresh investment provided by Endless.

Mr Willink has worked in senior roles with Rolls Royce Marine (where he led several operational and supply chain improvement projects across Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and China), Moores Furniture (part of US giant Masco) and Howdens Joinery.

Steve Sutherland, Chairman of Amdega, who joined the business at the time of Endless' investment in August, said "We are thrilled to welcome Mike to Amdega. Mike has an outstanding track record in driving positive change and improvement initiatives through organisations, and he brings impressive dynamism and energy. Mike's pedigree and leadership abilities are a perfect fit to what is needed at Amdega and securing someone of his calibre is testament to our strategy and ambition for the business."

Mike said "It is tremendously exciting to be joining Amdega at such a key time in its history. There are challenges, however with the fresh investment support behind us, I'm excited by the numerous improvement opportunities for us to pursue. Amdega has a very proud heritage and our aim is to be once again renowned for the highest operational excellence and quality."

http://amdega-conservatory.blogspot.com/2010/10/amdega-recruits-mike-willink-as-chief.html

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