George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, visited Masterhitch Europe Ltd. on Monday 17th November 2014. Masterhitch are a Kent based manufacturer of specialist excavator attachments, quick hitches and buckets for the UK construction equipment industry.
Mr. Osborne first had a private meeting with Hugh Edeleanu, the Managing Director of Masterhitch and also Neil Davis, the General Manager, following which he was treated to a tour of Masterhitch’s factory on the Medway City Estate in Strood, where he was shown the design and manufacturing processes used to create the Masterhitch equipment, as well as meeting the Masterhitch workforce including some of Masterhitch’s local apprentices who have learned advanced fabrication and welding skills, and are helping to rebuild Medway’s industrial heritage.
During the private meeting, Hugh Edeleanu told the Chancellor of the increasing amount of “red tape” that businesses have to comply with and the cost of that on UK businesses.
During the tour, the Chancellor stopped at one of the work stations to try his hand at rolling a half tonne plate of steel using a 200 tonne set of hydraulic rolls, the Chancellor commented that the process was harder than it looked!
Mr. Osborne visited Masterhitch as a part of the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign accompanied by the Conservative candidate, Kelly Tolhurst. The election will take place on Thursday 20th November 2014.
Masterhitch Europe Ltd. was founded over 25 years ago, and are leaders in the design, development and manufacturing of heavy duty, expert-designed and built excavator quick hitches, attachments and buckets, whose slogan is “Leaders in Digger Attachments.”
Hugh Edeleanu, who is also Chairman of Masterhitch’s parent company, H.E. SERVICES, stated “It was a pleasure to have the Chancellor visiting Masterhitch today and for him to see for himself some of the great British manufacturing and design work that is happening here in Medway, and to meet some of our young apprentices who are developing into professional engineers and fabricators”.