Irish eyes are smiling with ETG milestone
Another milestone in the success story of ETG has seen the creation of ETG Ireland Ltd as a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company along with the establishment of a new team and new showroom/ administration building in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
‘All the signs are that manufacturing activity in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic are returning to good health and that creates a positive environment for ETG to establish a strong foothold in both countries,” explains MD John Temple.
The Irish Republic has for some years fostered strong links with manufacturing and supplying the medical industries with high precision components such as replacement hip and knee joints, plates and similar. In the North, aerospace has traditionally been a staple industry but there is still a considerable amount of shipbuilding and oil and gas related manufacturing so the diversity is growing.
With the opening of a new custom-built administration centre and showroom, ETG is taking its unique sales and lifetime support philosophy to customers. The team will be led by James (Jamie) Fletchmoore, a well-known figure across manufacturing in Ireland who has established a strong reputation for sales and support of Mastercam NC programming software in both countries through his company JCNC Ltd.
He is supported by internal sales co-ordinator Triona Sourke with a fully qualified service engineer. Michael Kenna. An applications engineer is currently been recruited.
‘This operation is unique in that we will be representing the leading ETG band names directly as a fully integrated machine tool supplier, not an agency which is normally the case in Ireland,” explains Jamie. ‘Customers will therefore receive not only the benefit of our on-the-ground expertise but also the full support of the team in Southam where over 100 people are dedicated to customer service and technical support.
Further, the portfolio of brand names is so comprehensive there is virtually no application that we cannot address. Customers will also benefit from access to ETG’s finance solutions team who can develop the best finance option for the purchase of a machine or machines.
‘We aim to demonstrate up to half a dozen machines – all fully operational – in the showroom,” adds Jamie, ‘which will also give us the opportunity to network them with FactoryWiz.
‘And because we are continuing with our exclusive representation of Mastercam, again we are unique in that we are an integrated machine tool supplier that also offers a leading CAD/CAM design and manufacturing package,” he concludes.