Briggs International appoints new President and CEO
International materials handling equipment distributor Briggs International has appointedDarron Ash as...
International materials handling equipment distributor Briggs International has appointed Darron Ash as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ash was previously Chief Financial Officer for Sammons Enterprises, the holding company for Briggs International. Briggs Equipment is the UK arm of Briggs International and Sammons Enterprises is Briggs Equipment's parent company.
Heather Kreager, Chief Executive Officer of Sammons Enterprises, said: "Our Briggs businesses continue to expand service and product lines to provide customers with solutions that minimise the cost of operating materials handling equipment.
"Under Darron's leadership, we expect Briggs companies to evolve further, leveraging innovative practices from across the global business to give customers access to innovative and effective materials handling solutions and services."
During his tenure with Sammons Enterprises Ash has been responsible for all aspects of the company's financial planning and reporting. He also worked closely with the company's board of directors in defining the company's growth strategy and in evaluating capital allocation and opportunities for value creation across the Sammons Enterprises businesses.
Prior to joining Sammons Enterprises in 2006, Ash's professional background was in the private equity and public accounting industries.
Briggs Equipment UK is the national distributor of Hyster and Yale Europe Materials Handling equipment. Sammons Enterprises, Inc., is a diverse holding company composed of financial services, industrial equipment, and real estate investment businesses operating in five countries. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas (US), Sammons was established in 1938. With more than $4 billion in annual revenues and $70 billion in assets, it is one of the largest privately held companies in the US.
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EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”