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    OWEN GIBBONS has been appointed by Citizen Machinery UK to take over the role of European Sales Manager with effect from the middle of February 2019.

    Based at the firm’s Bushey headquarters, showroom and technical centre, he is responsible for supporting the activities of the dealer network that markets and sells the Japanese parent company’s Cincom sliding-head and Miyano fixed-head turn-mill centres into countries around Europe.

    In addition to the UK and Ireland, Citizen Machinery UK is currently responsible for sales in France, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa. A further remit of Mr Gibbons is to expand the network into other European countries.

    He commented, “I am delighted to join Citizen at a time when its patented LFV (low frequency vibration) chipbreaking technology has helped propel it to market leader in Europe for sales of sliding-head lathes, with deliveries well in excess of a thousand units per year.

    “The company is also highly innovative in seeking ways to introduce different features into its machines. A good example is the current development of laser cutting technology for integration into Cincom lathes, which is eagerly awaited by the medical sector.”

    Mr Gibbons has spent virtually his entire career in the machine tool industry, both in sales and sales management. In all of his previous positions he has had detailed experience of launching and selling fixed-head turning machines in the UK, and most recently sliding-head lathes as well, including complex twin-spindle multi-turret product lines.

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