Joining Dugard in August, Andrew started his manufacturing career in 2007, serving a machining apprenticeship before moving to globally renowned oil & gas company Halliburton.

With extensive experience in 3, 4 and 5-axis machining and programming, he then moved to an industry-leading steel company where he was tasked sales and estimating for the subcontract division of the business.

For the last three years, Andrew has been operating as the area sales manager for a well-recognised cutting tool and ancillary equipment distribution company.

Andrew said: “The Dugard brand is well respected for both its quality and service, so the reputation of Dugard was certainly appealing. Furthermore, Dugard has a significant number of machines installed in Scotland as reference points, so I will be aiming to apply my previous experience and contacts to further grow the brand whilst ensuring that existing Dugard customers are fully up to speed with all of the new machines that we have available.”

Dugard managing director Eric Dugard said: “Employing engineers with the enthusiasm and experience of the marketplace in Scotland is a real asset. For several years, we have gradually grown our market share in Scotland and Andrew will help us to build upon this momentum.

"In the last couple of years, we have added the high-end range of Kitamura machine tools and the IBARMIA brand to our stable as well as the Hanwha brand of sliding head turning centres and automation solutions.”

“We already have an expansive range of machine tool solutions for industry, but these latest additions are giving us the impetus to increase our footprint in all regions of the UK.

"In the case of Andrew and Scotland, we recognise the strength of the offshore, power generation and heavy-industry sectors; the 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. These flexible powerhouse machines will be the perfect solution for heavy industry in Scotland and the North.” concluded Eric Dugard.