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    Citizen Machinery UK has appointed Sam Nottage-McNeice as European Sales Manager responsible for co-ordinating distributor operations that come under the Citizen Machinery UK (CMUK) network to include France, Portugal, Spain, Scandinavia the Middle East and Africa.

    Said Deputy Managing Director Darren Wilkins: “We are progressively looking for younger people for our team in the UK and Sam is a prime example of a young, enthusiastic and ideally qualified engineer, able to work with the principles and CEOs of distributors that come under our responsibility, as well as having to report to Japan.”

    Following an engineering background as an avionics technician in the REME, he spent six years in machine tool sales before joining CMUK. The machine tool exports from CMUK has seen significant growth during 2017 with more than 300 machines being installed and as with the UK market, each dealership had a record year of trading. This increased activity contributed to an important increase in market share. Meanwhile, forecasts are proving very strong that this trend will continue through 2018.

    As in the UK, sales of Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) technology machines has given a massive international boost to Citizen’s Cincom sliding head machine sales as it is being progressively introduced across the range including the company’s Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

    Said Mr Nottage-McNeice: “As Citizen continues with the roll-out of LFV technology across both Cincom and Miyano model ranges, I am now finding that customers right across my territories have become very enthusiastic for Citizen to develop and feature the technology as soon as possible.”

    In his European support management role, Mr Nottage-McNeice has to accurately forecast sale trends and update Japan’s build programme to secure production slots. He is also involved in modelling the proven CMUK strategies specifically tailored to suit different cultures and market demands overseas while being involved with commercial aspects, sales training and certain application needs.

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