Newsmith Stainless strengthens food industry role with Hiley engineering acquisition

Automated cleaning and handling specialists Newsmith Stainless Ltd. is announcing the acquisition of Hiley Engineering, manufacturers of conveyor distribution and product feeding systems, primarily for the food industry.  The company, which becomes a subsidiary of Newsmith Stainless, will retain its name and identity with which it has developed a leading international reputation over many years. 

“We see this as an extremely beneficial alignment of complementary capabilities in a key sector in which both Newsmith Stainless and Hiley Engineering operate,” comments Steve Woffindin, Sales Manager at Newsmith Stainless.

“Our own track record, in both food and non-food sectors, is based on the design, manufacture and installation of high quality systems – such as Oliver Douglas cleaning stations and Oddy bakery production facilities – which are in operation throughout the food production industry,” he continues.  “Because Hiley Engineering is also very active in the same field, there is a close synergy between our operations which will be of benefit not only to both brands but also, more importantly, to the full range of markets that we jointly serve.”

Hiley Engineering points to a focus on working closely with customers to meet precise installation requirements across the food, confectionery, cake and biscuit production sectors.  Its track record in the installation of complex, integrated conveyor systems in the food industry worldwide pays testimony to its skills, innovation, and understanding of application requirements.

“The organisation’s ability to meet both bespoke systems and stand-alone installation needs echoes a key principle upon which the success of Newsmith Stainless has long been based,” adds Steve Woffindin.

“We have a passion for our product, for our customers and for the brand that is Hiley, and believe this was an excellent opportunity for our business to develop further,” comments David Longbottom, Hiley Engineering’s Chairman.  “This represents not just a way to secure business but also to develop the product and systems beyond our current production capabilities.  Newsmith can offer so much more than we could hope to achieve working alone, which means this is an opportunity for the organisation to become more than the sum of the two parts.”