Supply side: Dugard well placed for a strong year

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​Dugard Machine Tools has been at the forefront of the machine tools industry since it was established in 1939 and like most firms in the marketplace it has had a challenging 12 months, but sales have been growing strongly over the last few months and it is optimistic about business for the rest of 2021.

The Hove-based company provides a range of machines to suit almost every need of the market and is the exclusive dealer for premium CNC machine brands, such as Kitamura, SMEC, Hanwha, Chevalier, Ibarmia, as well its own Dugard range.

Managing director Eric Dugard, explains: “Last year in the summer months business was awful so that was a tough period, but since September and October we have seen growth and people seemed to have bounced back and everybody we are talking to is extremely busy.”

His thoughts were echoed by sales director Colin Thomson, who says that many machining shops are talking about having 100% capacity and some are even turning work away, which all bodes well for the UK machine tools industry.

He adds: “There is demand across the board and we are very well placed with the range of machines we have and can cover anyone from one man in a shed, right up to a big OEM, so with the product range we have, it gives us the ability to address a wide range of customer base, which puts us in a very good position and especially, as it is now picking up.”

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