In line with its continuing business growth and to ensure world class support to its increasing customer base, British transmission technology specialist Torotrak (Development) Ltd has strengthened its existing management team with the appointment of a new Engineering Director.
Roger Stone, who has more than 30 years’ experience in design and new product development and a distinguished engineering and technology background, largely in the automotive sector, is to head up the Leyland-based firm’s engineering, R&D and procurement activities in a new role reporting to the company’s CEO, Dick Elsy. He joins Torotrak, the world leader in full-toroidal traction drive technology, after spending ten years with the German-based Power Transmission Division of US company Gates Corporation.
The appointment comes just weeks after Torotrak announced its largest single licensing deal with Allison Transmission Inc, giving the American company rights to utilise the firm’s innovative transmission technology in the medium commercial vehicle sector. Torotrak, which operates in the automotive, truck, bus, off-highway and agricultural markets, as well as in motor sport and outdoor power equipment, has also concluded significant licensing deals during the past two years with both Tata Motors Ltd and a major unnamed European truck manufacturer.
Roger Stone has worked for some of the industry’s biggest players including Ricardo, where he was Technical Director in charge of design, Ford in Germany, Rover Group, where he won awards for his leadership of the ‘K Series’ engine programme, and Lotus, where he was Joint Powertrain Engineering Department Manager.
As part of plans to invest greater resources into further developing its technology, Torotrak has also created a new R & D Director role within the company. Steve Murray, who has worked for the firm for the past 12 years, will be taking up this position and will be responsible for accelerating the development of the company’s core technologies into new markets and applications.
Commenting on his appointment at Torotrak, Roger Stone said: “The commercialisation of Torotrak’s IVT and CVT technology has reached an exciting stage. The company already has a strong footing in heavy-duty applications and with huge potential in the field of hybrid vehicles, it’s an environmentally-friendly technology whose time has arrived. I am delighted to be joining the company at such a key stage in its development.”
Dick Elsy, CEO of Torotrak, added: “Amongst our international client base we already enjoy a strong reputation for our technical capability and Roger will further enhance this with his proven leadership record of delivering results. Torotrak will continue to provide our customers with world class support and to push the boundaries of the technology. Both of these are key elements in the growth in value of our business.”
Torotrak is the world’s foremost developer of full-toroidal traction drive technology. The company designs and develops Continuously Variable (CVT) and Infinitely Variable (IVT) transmissions which deliver outstanding levels of performance, functionality and refinement along with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Torotrak develops main drive transmissions as well as variable ratio transmissions for application in flywheel-based mechanical hybrid systems and for use as auxiliary drives.
Torotrak operates in the automotive, truck, bus, off-highway and agricultural markets, in motor sport and in outdoor power equipment. Its customers are equally widely spread across Europe, North America, India and Japan, and include major vehicle makers and tier one transmission manufacturers.
Torotrak plc is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information about Torotrak, go to www.torotrak.com