The new appointment will target sales of the Victor CNC portfolio and build brand and market awareness in the Southern counties. As the UK’s exclusive distributor for the Victor CNC machine tools, the GM Group has witnessed significant growth, which more than justifies both the company’s recruitment drive and the investment in a new facility that is planned for completion this Autumn.
The company is investing heavily in its factory expansion, new staff and infrastructure investment to enhance customer service, support and sales.
Starting his career as a mechanical engineering apprentice in the late 1980s, Andrew followed his comprehensive apprenticeship programme in several roles as a CNC machinist before progressing to a team leader position at the prestigious Westwind Air Bearings facility in Poole.
Following a successful period at Westwind, Andrew spent the next decade as a technical sales engineer with several world-leading cutting tool manufacturers.
In 2011, the experienced engineer moved into machine tool sales, spending the last 10 years supporting all types of businesses from small subcontract job shops to OEMs in all industry sectors, identifying and meeting the needs of manufacturers with tailored machine tool solutions – from consultation and sales through to training and commissioning.
GM Group director Nicola Howard said: “We had a phenomenally successful debut at the MACH show in April and the number of enquiries for Victor machines in the South of the UK, more than justifies the appointment of Andrew.
"The Victor brand of machine tools is renowned for its build quality, performance, longevity and also the remarkable diversity that caters for all applications.
"The Victor range encompasses everything from small and simple machine tools through to large multi-axis machining centres and twin-spindle triple turret turning centres with Y-axis – and much more. We have a complete range of high-performance machine tools that can cater for every industry sector and customer.
"With more than 20 years of working with manufacturers in the South of the UK, Andrew’s unfathomable knowledge of the area combined with his industry expertise will certainly accelerate our market penetration in the area.”