As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Dugard Machine Tools has now employed a new Area Sales Manager to support customers in Scotland and the North East of England. With more than 30-years of industry experience, Gerald Coyle will be a welcome addition to the Dugard team.
Joining Dugard at the start of the year, Gerald started his manufacturing career back in the late 1980’s with a renowned Scottish subcontract manufacturer. Serving a machining apprenticeship and rising up the ranks to fill machine shop manager and production manager positions, Gerald finished his time at the subcontract company as the plant manager. Gerald’s experience has also included spells with a world leading cutting tool manufacturer, serving the Northern England and Scottish territories as a technical sales engineer. Commenting upon taking the opportunity to join Dugard, Gerald said: “The Dugard brand is well respected for both its quality and service, so the reputation of Dugard was certainly appealing. Additionally, in my previous role, I got to know Colin Thomson and Mark Anson, who are now both enjoying life at Dugard. Their experiences of working at Dugard made me realise, it was a company I wanted to work for.”
Joining Dugard, Gerald will be tasked with exploiting new sales opportunities and introducing the raft of new Dugard brands that are now available to manufacturers in Scotland and the North East of England. Commenting upon the appointment, Managing Director at Dugard, Mr Eric Dugard says: “Employing engineers with the enthusiasm, experience and the knowledge of the marketplace in the North is a real asset to Dugard. For a number of years, we have maintained market share in Scotland, but our efforts have been built around servicing existing customers, essentially good ‘housekeeping’. However, in the last 18 months we have added the Hanwha brand of sliding head turning centres and automation solutions, the high-end range of Kitamura machine tools and, just at the turn of 2020 we have added the IBARMIA brand to our stable.”
“We already have an expansive range of machine tool solutions for industry, but these latest additions are really giving us the impetus to increase our footprint in all regions of the UK. In the case of Gerald and his North East and Scotland area, we recognise the strength of the offshore, power generation and heavy-industry sectors; the new IBARMIA Series of heavy-duty Spanish built 3, 4 and 5-axis travelling column machining centres up to 12m are perfect for this heavy engineering environment. Adding to the travelling column machines from IBARMIA is their T-Series of fully universal 5-axis machines that offer a swing diameter from 1.2m up to 3.6m with a 2.15m height capacity. We are relishing the challenge of introducing these machines to UK manufacturers; and nowhere will these flexible powerhouse machines be better suited to industry, than in the North.” concludes Mr Dugard.