Hillfoot appoints Peter Morris to strengthen buying team

Leading UK supplier of engineering steel, Hillfoot, has strengthened its buying team with the appointment of Peter Morris to Purchasing Director.

After a previous spell with Hillfoot, Morris returns with over 20 years of purchasing experience within the industry, as well as an enhanced knowledge of metals sector supply chains. Throughout this time, Morris has also accumulated an extensive network of relationships with steel producers around the world.

Morris has spent the last six years in the role of Managing Director of Energy Alloys and Director of Blencathra Industries.

Craig James, Hillfoot Managing Director, said of the appointment: “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.

“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.”

Hillfoot offers a wide range of certified engineering bar along with value added services such as processing, testing, supply-chain management and metallurgical advice. The business now supplies materials to customers in 38 countries, spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.

Morris said: “I’m delighted to rejoin Hillfoot to work with an already industry leading purchasing team and to have the opportunity to further develop the operation to ensure it continues to meet the changing needs of our customer base in the manufacturing sector.

“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.”