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Getting to know Stuart Browne

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 ( #976 ) - Newcastle-under-Lyme,, United Kingdom
Stuart Browne
Stuart Browne
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries recently appointed Stuart Browne as general manager of its UK operation. We asked Stuart a few questions to get to know him better. Forkliftaction News: Prior to this appointment, what has been your biggest achievement? Stuart Browne: I've had a nice, progressive career (So far!) with some great companies, including Hoppecke and Jungheinrich. So far, at Hoppecke, we have rebuilt the service team, formed a new sales team and won new customers, all of which I'm very proud to have been a part of. Forkliftaction News: What attracted you to the new role? Stuart Browne: The chance to steer my own ship, whilst still being part of a bigger global group. Hoppecke is big enough to work with the truck OEMs, but small enough that the global management team is just that - a team. In the UK, we also have a great team; many have joined since I arrived, but also some long-standing staff with a depth of experience that cannot be matched. Forkliftaction News: What is the biggest challenge you see in your new role? Stuart Browne: Right now, of course, COVID. So far, we weather the storm very well, with some orders supporting the NHS, military and food production and distribution. Mid-term, the move from lead-acid to Li-ion batteries, but Hoppecke produces both, so we are almost uniquely placed to advise the pros and cons of each, specific to the individual customer's needs. Forkliftaction News: What is the biggest opportunity that you see in your new role? Stuart Browne: Continuing with the change, for Hoppecke, from the 'industrial' to the more 'tech' world. This could be Li-ion for your new or existing forklift, an intelligent monitor for your lead-acid battery, or the huge Li-ion train batteries we supply as the sole motive power for the train, powering it over 50 miles on a single charge. Forkliftaction News: Can you share one piece of information about yourself which would surprise our readers? Stuart Browne: I don't know if it will surprise the readers, but it surprises me, that after 13 years in this industry, I still don't have any form of FLT licence!