Plant & Works Engineering

Plant director at Schaeffler UK awarded MBE

Published:  10 August, 2009

Roger Evans, Plant Director at precision bearing and automotive component manufacturer Schaeffler (UK) Ltd. has been awarded an MBE (Membership of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for his services to the Engineering Industry in Wales.

As well as successfully managing the day-to-day operations of Schaeffler UK"s manufacturing plant in Llanelli since 2001, Evans has also been instrumental in formulating and driving forward a manufacturing strategy in Wales.

Roger is currently Chairman of the Welsh Manufacturing Forum, an organisation that reports directly to the Welsh Assembly Government on manufacturing strategies for Wales. He is also Director of the Welsh Automotive Forum and Director of the Wales Management Council. Roger also sits on the Board of Governors for both EEF (Engineering Employers Federation) South West and EEF Wales.

Evans commented: "I am truly honoured to receive such an award and must now continue to work hard in supporting Welsh engineering and manufacturing companies.

"Although this year has been a very tough one for manufacturing companies in Wales and the UK as a whole, it is particularly encouraging to be recognised for my efforts in helping to drive this sector forward. One of my key objectives for this year is to try to enthuse and encourage more young people in Wales to choose engineering as a profession. We have to get young, enthusiastic people involved in engineering if the UK is to survive as a manufacturing nation."

Tim Williams, Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum commented: "We are delighted that Rogerís significant contribution to the manufacturing and engineering industry has been acknowledged at the highest level, and through his inspiration and leadership, we will see this vitally important sector in Wales achieve even more added value, thus turning vision into reality."