Like much of Europe, the UK is in the midst of a fuel crisis that is pushing the UK government to source more fuel from the North Sea as well as driving investment in the renewables industry. To capitalise upon this, we’ve employed Steven McBride as our new area sales manager to maximise opportunities in Scotland and North East England.
Appointing Steven will let us build on our strong customer base and support the exceptional growth and interest levels we’re currently witnessing in our machine portfolio. Joining the company in February as an area sales manager, Steven’s relishing the challenge of introducing the vast range of Ibarmia, SMEC, Kitamura and Hanwha brands that are available from Dugard.
With more than 20 years in manufacturing, Steven started his engineering journey as a fresh-faced electrical and instrumentation engineering apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship, Steven worked in electrical roles overseas whilst travelling, eventually returning to the UK to work as a maintenance engineer with a company that provided extensive mechanical education to complement his excellent electrical talent. In 2015, Steven joined a world-leading machine tool manufacturer as a maintenance engineer and when the opportunity arose, he moved into field sales. Since 2016, Steven has worked closely with both OEMs and subcontract manufacturers to deliver machine tool solutions to businesses in Scotland.
Talking about the addition of Steven to the Dugard team, sales director Colin Thomson says: “We are delighted to welcome Steven to Dugard. He has an excellent track record in technical sales, which will put him in good stead for his future with Dugard. Additionally, as a highly-skilled maintenance and sales engineer, Steven’s fundamental knowledge and understanding will be extremely beneficial to customers of Dugard in Scotland.”
“We have six machine tool brands that are complemented by extensive automation solutions. With everything from the Dugard 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, we have a machining centre to meet the needs of every business. Likewise, we have the heavy-duty SMEC slant bed turning centres, the multi-process travelling column Ibarmia range and the most productive sliding head turning centres in the industry with the Hanwha line-up. Armed with such a diverse line-up, Steven will certainly make in-roads with existing and new Dugard customers in the north and we are excited about the opportunities for expanding the Dugard footprint in Scotland.”