People Matter at Maher

The Maher team

Maher Limited is a stockholder and processor of high-strength, high-performance alloys. Maher holds a comprehensive range of nickel and copper-based alloys as well as special stainless steels including K500, 400, 625, 718, 725, 286 and DEF STAN 833. Maher’s customer base spans a number of industries including Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Aerospace and Naval and Marine. Supported by both customer and industry approvals, Maher supplies into the full supply chain, from the OEMs to valve, pump and fastener manufacturers. Having been founded in 1932, the company boasts many years of experience and in-depth understanding of how the specialist materials it supplies behave.

One employee with lots of experience is Ellen Chibi who works in Maher’s Naval & Marine sales team. She confirms: “I have worked at Maher for 27 years (longer than many of our colleagues have been alive). The company has grown in so many ways, not just physically, from our smaller premises in the centre of Sheffield to our group sites in Sheffield, Rotherham (at the AMP) and on the Isle of Man, but also in terms of what we do and how we do it (and how we can do it better). I work on the premise that ‘if you don’t learn something new every day, you are doing it wrong’ and that certainly applies to why I’ve stayed at Maher. With this diverse, energetic team, everyone can learn.”

Whether it be international or domestic, Maher’s overall strategy is to form long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with its customer base. Whilst Maher has many local representatives across the world, the head office in Sheffield forms the base of all operations. Through many long serving, experienced employees with specialist skills and knowledge, Maher can maintain the same high standard of service across all markets. Maher’s Sales Director for the Asia-Pacific Region, John Fenton has worked for the company for over 30 years. He says: “I have always been impressed with the company continually moving forward and investing to improve products, customer service and quality. The relationships built up with customers and colleagues over the years have made my job both interesting and also very rewarding.”

The company has three core values: People Matter. Profit with Integrity. World Class Service.

In challenging times such as the looming potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit and the uncertainty it brings for many businesses across the country, Maher believes that ‘People Matter’ even more. The business is confident it has the right people to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Maher’s shipping team leader, Glinys Capewell, who has been with the company since 2003 states: “I have seen many changes over the years as the company has expanded from principally a stockholder to include manufacturing, machining and special products. The world of exporting and importing has many challenges, the biggest one this year will be to ensure we are able to continue supplying our customers regardless of the result of the forthcoming Brexit deal.”

Maher formed a Brexit committee many months ago to discuss possible scenarios. Now the 29th of March is quickly approaching and exiting without a deal is becoming a real possibility, the business is stepping up its plans. The current actions mainly focus on understanding the terms on which Maher will deal with suppliers and customers, the administrative duties that will need to be performed pre and post Brexit, plus the resource required to support the changes ahead.

Maher will continue to closely evaluate the progress of the UK’s negotiations with the EU but in the meantime the company’s customers can be assured that Maher have a dedicated and experienced workforce, committed to ensure that the company offers continuity of service and supply to its customers, wherever they are.

Tel: 0114 290 9201

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 48

Winter 2019 // Issue 51
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