MD Tony Calvert celebrates 20 years at Camloc Motion Control
1995. Bill Clinton is President of the United States, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song is the Christmas number 1 and Eric Cantona Kung-fu kicks a Crystal Palace fan. But more importantly, one Mr Tony Calvert is asked to join the Fairchild Corporation to become the MD of their UK Gas Spring Company in Leicester – Camloc Gas Springs.
Yes, our MD Tony Calvert is celebrating an impressive 20 years at the helm!
Tony’s working life started at the Welcome Foundation, based in Crewe, where he joined as a qualified engineer. The Division he was originally involved with manufactured Drying and Filtration equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.
From this came a career change into Material Handling and then into Divisional Management, leading to a role in the Automotive sector working for Metzeller, a German company that was part of the Pirelli Group. Metzeller manufactured a range of car sealing systems and hydraulic engine mounting systems for light vehicles. Tony set up a Design and Supply operation for them in the UK to supply the UK divisions of Ford, GM, Nissan and Jaguar.
Following the acquisition of the UK office, Metzeller moved him to Germany and the USA, where he spent approx 12 months in each country, giving him great experience and a good understanding of the different cultures.
1995 saw his move to Camloc Gas Springs, and in 1999 the company was acquired by Arvin / Meritor Inc – an American Corporation with a turnover of $4.2 billion. Meritor manufactured a range of specialised products such as axles for trucks. The company was subsequently bought by an American funding organisation in Detroit in 2011 and re-named as the company we know today – Camloc Motion Control Ltd.
“I know it’s a cliché to say it, but I really can’t believe it’s been 20 years!” says Tony. “Over the last two decades I’ve seen Camloc grow into the thriving, UK manufacturing business it is today. Camloc Motion Control has gained a reputation for quality, expertise and excellent customer service, and I couldn’t be more proud of what the whole team has achieved.”