April 19 2007.

Micron's sales and marketing director, Ross Clifford, is to leave the company next month, but the British exhaust manufacturer is looking forward to a bright future after his tenure.

Micron has recently announced a major distribution deal with the US's second-largest motorcycling wholesaler, Tucker Rocky, and, with a wide range of new products for 2007, this agreement has boosted production considerably at the company's Derbyshire headquarters.

Clifford, 36, joined Micron a year ago with a specific brief from managing director, Mick Slater, to develop the brand's international profile. A 12-year industry veteran, Clifford began his career with Triumph and he was given a place on the Micron board soon after his appointment last year.

Mick Slater commented: "Of course, we're sorry to see Ross go but he has done the job he was brought in to do. Micron has a 30-year manufacturing heritage behind it and Ross's role was to build on that to develop our domestic and international strategies.

"We're really pleased with the job he has done," added Slater, "and Micron is extremely well-placed to capitalise on the recent success he has helped us to orchestrate. We wish Ross every success in his future career."

Clifford said: "I've had a great time working with Mick and everyone at Micron. We both saw what was needed and I'm very happy that we've achieved what we set out to. I believe that the company is now in a position to maximise its clear potential and establish itself as a major international automotive brand for the future."