SCHUNK introduces new general manager
After 18 years at the helm of SCHUNK Intec Ltd, Martin Kent has stepped down from his role as general manager to allow Marcel Machado to take the reins and continue Martin Kent’s exceptional efforts. As the new general manager at SCHUNK, Marcel Machado has arrived from leading machine tool and plastic injection moulding brand ROMI Machine Tools.
Marcel Machado graduated as a mechanical engineer from university in Brazil and was immediately accepted on the ROMI graduate training program and subsequently a management fast-track initiative. In 2011, Marcel Machado arrived in the UK to take the role as sales & technical manager at ROMI UK, soon graduating to the role of general manager in 2014. Following a period of rapid growth, and market penetration for the ROMI brand in the UK, the self-driven Marcel Machado desired a new challenge; and SCHUNK has delivered the perfect opportunity.
Commenting upon his new role at SCHUNK, Marcel Machado says: “I thrive on new challenges. The opportunity to work with a global leading brand like SCHUNK was too good to miss. Roles of such magnitude are generally only available when a company is in difficulty. However, Martin has done a fantastic job in growing the UK business; the SCHUNK brand and market penetration are particularly prominent and this is recognised in the sales performance, which is yielding year-on-year growth.
“I am extremely proud to be joining a company like SCHUNK and with year-on-year growth, Martin has certainly left some pretty huge boots to fill. Thankfully, Martin will be staying with SCHUNK in a managerial role and his expertise and support as we go forward will be critical to our continued success. My personal challenge is to keep a consistent pace of growth and intensify our efforts with regard to targeting new market segments, and building new relationships and sales networks, whilst not dropping-the-ball on the exceptional reputation the company has for service and support.”