Tony Hague

Managing Director, PP Electrical Systems

As MD of PP Electrical Systems, Tony Hague has grown into one of the manufacturing sector’s most popular commentators and a keen advocate of productivity and skills.

The electrical engineer left school at 16 to serve an apprenticeship for a sensor and instrumentation manufacturer and this started a 30-year love affair with industry.

After serving a number of different positions he joined PP Electrical Systems in 2001 as Commercial Director, quickly being promoted to Managing Director three years later.

In the decade that followed, Tony has transformed the Cheslyn Hay-based firm into a world class provider of controls and automation systems, supplying 12 of the globe’s leading machinery manufacturers.

This has seen the company achieve 400% growth to £18m annual sales and led to 7 Best Factory Awards and recognition with Manufacturing Excellence. The future vision is to double revenue by 2019.

Tony, a member of The Manufacturer’s Editorial Panel, is also the current Chairman of the Midlands Assembly Network (MAN), a unique collective of 10 manufacturers who work together to win new contracts at home and abroad.

A number of changes have been made under his leadership, including the appointment of a dedicated business development manager, a new website and creation of a strategic partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group.