Dugard has appointed Alex Newman to support the unprecedented growth the South Coast company is experiencing across all brands in its portfolio.
Joining the company in January as an area sales manager, Mr Newman has been employed to support customers and expand sales in the South West of the UK – further bolstering the sales team.
With a degree as well as a Masters degree in mechanical engineering, Mr Newman has added to his academic knowledge by spending the last seven years with a leading workholding and ancillary equipment supplier to the machine tool industry.
During this period, Mr Newman progressed his career from technical engineering support to technical sales engineer. At this company, Mr Newman provided technical support to customers through the development of innovative solutions that resolve engineering issues facing engineering companies. This encompassed everything from problem-solving to creating productivity solutions for manufacturers, which eventually moved Alex into the realms of technical sales in the South West area.
Commenting on the new appointment, sales director Colin Thomson said: “We are delighted to welcome Alex to the Dugard team. Alex has a proven track record in the industry and his technical understanding and ability to solve problems for customers will be a genuine asset to Dugard. Alex has spent several years working with manufacturers in the South-West region, so his reputation and insight into the area will be a huge benefit for Dugard.
“Dugard has everything from cost-competitive machine tools and high-end solution-driven machine tools through to sliding head turning centres – the opportunity to service customers with this exciting and diverse range of machines was a factor in Alex wanting to join Dugard.”
Dugard has six machine tool brands that are complemented by extensive automation solutions. From its cost-competitive range through the robust SMEC series and the Kitamura high-end machining centres, and on to the heavy-duty Ibarmia multi-tasking machines, the company has a machining centre to meet the needs of a range of industries.
For turning, Dugard has the heavy-duty SMEC slant bed turning centres, multi-process travelling column Ibarmia range and productive sliding head turning centres with the Hanwha line-up.
“Armed with such a diverse line-up, Alex will certainly make in-roads with existing and new Dugard customers in the South West area,” Mr Thomson concluded.