Mark Smith, regional sales manager for solid wood products at Weinig UK
Leading woodworking machinery manufacturer, Michael Weinig (UK) Ltd, has appointed Mark Smith as Regional Sales Manager for Solid Wood Products. Covering the North West, Midlands, Wales and South of England, Mark’s role will see him manage a team of five Weinig UK representatives, whilst continuing to strengthen sales and develop relationships with new and existing customers in the solid wood sector.
With a career spanning almost 40 years, Mark’s industry knowledge and technical skill-set made him the ideal candidate for the role. Starting his career as an engineering apprentice and moving into woodworking machinery sales in the 1980’s, Mark was first introduced to Weinig’s product portfolio at Leicester Wood Technique – one of Weinig’s first machinery agents in the UK.
After spending over a decade selling Weinig machinery and tooling to the UK’s woodworking industry, Mark went on to work for Wadkin, SCM and Oertli Tooling. The latter position saw him responsible for equipping high-end machines like Weinig’s Powermat moulders and industrial Conturex lines with the tooling required to fulfil customer’s unique requirements, strengthening his in-depth technical understanding and problem-solving abilities.
Mark says: “I really enjoy immersing myself in the technicalities of machinery and finding solutions to challenging manufacturing processes. I’ve worked with a wide range of brands throughout my career and as such, I have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of solid wood machines and their capabilities. I’ve also had first-hand experience selling Weinig machinery and, while the range has evolved, I understand the machines well.
“After 16 years at Oertli Tooling, I’m now ready for a new challenge. I enjoy pushing myself and learning new skills. Weinig is a great opportunity for me and a chance to work with one of the industry’s leaders. They’ve always been at the top of the manufacturing tree when it comes to their solid wood machinery and I’ve always had a great deal of admiration for the company. I’m really looking forward to building relationships and working with my team to find new and innovative solutions for our customers.”
Malcolm Cuthbertson, MD of Michael Weinig (UK) Ltd adds: “Mark’s attributes are a great fit for the role of Regional Sales Manager for Solid Wood Products at Weinig UK and he brings a wealth of industry experience with him. His specialist technical experience, solid wood machinery sales background and impressive knowledge of our products make him a great addition to the Weinig UK team.
“At a time when we’re experiencing record-breaking order inflow and have just had the most successful year in Weinig UK’s 33-year history, it really is an exciting time for Mark to join our growing team and I’m thrilled to have him on board.”