Winterhalter UK is to separate out its service division and turn it into a standalone company, FEJ can reveal.
The move is part of Winterhalter’s plans to expand its service operation into new areas, while continuing to provide national coverage to existing warewash customers.
The new, independent company will trade as Winterhalter Service Ltd.
Stephen Kinkead, managing director of Winterhalter UK (pictured), said: “In spite of the tough economic climate and concerns over Brexit, our German parent company has given the board here in the UK a huge vote of confidence in backing the expansion plans. By creating Winterhalter Service as a separate entity we believe we will be better able to focus on developing its full potential.”
Winterhalter launched the new company following an extensive review of the total UK catering market, along with allied sectors such as the bakery industry.
The plans include increasing the size of the existing operations, and developing a number of longer term growth opportunities.
Winterhalter Service will continue to operate out of Winterhalter UK’s head office in Milton Keynes.
“Our continued investment in new technology, such as the recent launches of ‘Connected Wash’ and ‘Pay Per Wash’, demonstrates Winterhalter’s commitment to remain at the forefront of technological innovation in our industry,” added Kinkead. “Our service provision is crucial to our success. We will continue to innovate and to drive standards forward in our market sectors.”
The service company will be headed by Kieran Lynch, who has been appointed managing director. He has an extensive background in service management from the operator side of the foodservice industry, having worked with a number of `blue chip` international organisations such as Whitbread, Laura Ashley, Pizza Hut, Tesco and Starbucks.
“I’m keen to drive service standards through innovation and collaboration with business partners, dealers and end-users,” he said.
Lynch will join Winterhalter Service on 1 August with a brief to expand the business through organic growth and by broadening the company’s reach into compatible markets. He will report directly to Kinkead and will join the board of Winterhalter UK.