Regional General Manager, North America
Owen Flemming has been part of the fabric of Russell Mineral Equipment for more than most after commencing his career as a Cadet Engineer in 2004. Today he is RME’s Value Stream Manager for the company’s THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammer brand – class-leading technology for the exacting task of removing grinding mill liner bolts more efficiently, effectively and safely.
Owen leads a strong cohort of mechanical and mechatronics engineers, and assembly technicians, who work in close collaboration with RME manufacturing, sales and after-market services to deliver products, automation and technology which set the standard for mill reline safety, efficiency, and mine site profitability.
As a leading member of this capability, the objectives for Owen’s role are three-fold. Firstly, to ensure the continuous improvement and innovation of the THUNDERBOLT Recoilless Hammer product range. Secondly, to identify and eliminate constraints across the THUNDERBOLT order-production-shipping value stream to improve flow and velocity, steadily and predictably. And finally, to discover, propose and implement initiatives which improve THUNDERBOLT product quality, reduce manufacturing cost and drive sustainable growth. Owen’s practical creativity ensures he delivers to task.
Owen’s knowledge and experience with the RME Mill Relining System is a result of his long-term commitment to the organisation. After learning the ropes as a Cadet Engineer, Owen moved into the role of Engineering Design Draftsperson, then Graduate Engineer in 2011. In 2013 Owen was promoted to Engineering Team Coordinator before moving through the roles of Regional Customer Support and Regional General Management (Australia, Asia, Pacific, Europe and Middle East) between 2016 and 2018 prior to assuming his present position in 2018.
Owen has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Hours from the University Of Southern Queensland and he completed a Diploma of Management in 2015 with TAFE Queensland South West.
Owen is currently acting Regional General Manager and part of the leadership team responsible for managing the North American operations as its strives to deliver world-leading customer service and mill reline optimisation programs to minerals processing clients in this important geographical market.