Global baggage handling systems integrator, Daifuku ABH, has announced that it has appointed Ron Osborne as Managing Director of Daifuku Logan with immediate effect.
Osborne, who is based at the company’s UK headquarters in Hull, England, was previously Director and General Manager. Throughout his 22 year career with Daifuku Logan and its predecessor firms, he has held a number of senior management posts covering all aspects of the business.
He takes over from Mike Jeffery, who is stepping down after 40 years with the company, 13 of those as MD, to take on a new role with Daifuku Logan in an advisory capacity Jeffery will continue as Executive Director and a member of the Daifuku Logan board until March 31.
Over the past few months, Osborne has taken the company through a name change and rebranding of Logan Teleflex to Daifuku Logan, in order to further position the business in the marketplace as an integral part of the Daifuku Group’s Airport Baggage Handling Division. It is the latest phase of a ‘New Vision and New Statement’ of intent to compete with the very best in Airport Baggage Handling over an exciting decade ahead.
Commenting on the many future opportunities and challenges, Osborne said, “I am honoured to be taking over as Managing Director and being a part of a new management team dedicated to building Daifuku Logan and Daifuku ABH Division as an outstanding brand in the Airport Baggage Handling market.
He added: “Over the past year we have invested in a dedicated UK infrastructure with new offices in Reigate. We will see our operations develop further into Asia, China and the Middle East, to provide customers with world class and one of a kind products and services and increase efficiencies in their baggage handling systems. We are already using the might of the Daifuku Group to develop products that will add value to airport projects."
Daifuku Logan is already using its brand message - "Always an Edge Ahead" - to convey the Daifuku ABH Division's global intent to be the best in the world.
Osborne has a vast wealth of senior management experience in the airports industry, especially in the key business areas of engineering, advanced manufacturing, operations, supply chain, quality control and projects. He has been instrumental in helping the company to win over £60 million of orders from UK airports in a three year period. Recently, he has been heavily involved in shaping the company's strategic development plan under Daifuku.Osborne has an MBA Master's Degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Manager Institute (CMI) and holds Chartered Manager Status along with Membership of the Institute of Engineering & Technology. He has won numerous awards for his work in the industry.