KNAPP UK appoints Craig Rollason as Managing Director

In management changes at leading warehouse automation provider, KNAPP UK Ltd, Craig Rollason has been appointed as Managing Director, while previous MD, David James, moves up to a new role of Regional Director for the UK, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Prompted by continued growth – the company has won business in the UK worth in excess of €100m over the last three fiscal years and now employs over 100 staff – KNAPP UK has also formed a board of directors to include David James, Craig Rollason (Managing Director), Ebb Kretschmer (Customer Service Director) and Neil Garner (IS and Projects Director).

Commented David James, "As the new board of KNAPP UK comprises our existing senior team, there will be a smooth continuation of our day-to-day business. I'm delighted to accept the invitation of our parent group, KNAPP AG, to become Regional Director for the UK, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Building on the reputation of the Moving brand – which KNAPP acquired in 2008 – to strengthen our presence in Scandinavia is a fresh challenge that I'm really looking forward to. To complement our success in the design, implementation and support of large handling systems, our group strategy is to make this region a centre of excellence for smaller system projects that do not require control above PLC level. We will also, of course, continue to supply the comprehensive Moving range of conveyor components to both end-users and system integrators."

Craig Rollason said, "The creation of the new board is great news for KNAPP in the UK and the trust that KNAPP AG has placed in David James to develop more business in Scandinavia – as well as here in the UK – is well justified, given the growth of KNAPP UK under David's leadership. I'm excited to be stepping into his shoes as MD and pleased that I will still be able to rely on his advice and expertise. There are some large and very interesting projects currently under discussion for KNAPP UK, so I'm confident that the success we have achieved in recent years will continue."