Kingsbury appoints Director of Large Prismatic Machines division

Graeme Thomas has been appointed Business Development Director for the LPM (large prismatic machines) division of Kingsbury. He is responsible for promoting half of the eight prestigious 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, Mr 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. His responsibilities have been many and varied over the years, covering machine tool fitting, rebuilding, service, training, applications engineering, sales and senior management.

Whilst undergoing his five-year apprenticeship in the mid-1980s, during which time he gained an HNC in mechanical production engineering, Mr Thomas learned the importance of maintaining geometrical accuracy over a large working volume. Even at that time, the borers and machining centres he worked with were capable of holding tolerances of less than five microns.