Aspinall has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, moving from an apprentice toolmaker and CNC machinist, through manufacturing engineering and leadership roles with prominent aerospace manufacturers like BAE Systems and Safran Nacelles. For the past three years Aspinall has put this experience into training apprentices at Training 2000 Ltd.

He says: “Joining Quickgrind gives me the opportunity to work closely with innovative aerospace businesses in the northwest and Wales, as well as manufacturers from other industry sectors. Along with Quickgrind’s tooling solutions, the company is expanding rapidly, is forward thinking and has huge plans for the future. The opportunity to be part of that future was too good to pass up.”

Echoing this sentiment, managing director at Quickgrind, Ross Howell, says: “Our aims are to provide technical manufacturing solutions for our clients, and having an aerospace engineer with decades of experience is a huge benefit. Furthermore, as an educator of apprentices, Mark’s ability to communicate the technical merits of our ‘Total Solution Engineering’ will benefit both manufacturers and Quickgrind alike.

“Unlike other cutting-tool manufacturers, our philosophy is to nurture partnerships based on mutually beneficial goals – we’re not here to just sell products,” he continues. “This is where the experience of an engineer like Mark, perfectly fits our blueprint for success. The appointment will underpin our aims to grow the business in the northwest and Wales, while enhancing our technical support network. With our new technical centre in Tewkesbury, all our engineers now have the facility to work even closer with clients to test, trial and develop technical solutions for end users.”