He is responsible for promoting half of the eight German machine tool agency lines - Burkhardt + Weber, F Zimmermann, SHW and Waldrich Coburg - that the company sells exclusively into the UK and Ireland.

Based in the company's Birmingham office on Blythe Valley Business Park, Thomas brings directly relevant experience to his new role, having joined from another multi-agency machine tool distributor in the Midlands where he was latterly key account director for the firm's high value machining centres.

He has also worked for a number of other high profile manufacturers in Europe and the US of large capacity prismatic metalcutting machines.