First British president for ECTA

The European Cutting Tools Association (ECTA) has a British president for the first time. Gordon McShannon, president of the Federation of British Engineers’ Tool Manufacturers, and chief executive of Hydra Tools International, will help the ECTA develop new standards and address new technology and environmental issues. Brian May has joined RHTechnical Industries as operations director. […]

The European Cutting Tools Association (ECTA) has a British president for the first time. Gordon McShannon, president of the Federation of British Engineers’ Tool Manufacturers, and chief executive of Hydra Tools International, will help the ECTA develop new standards and address new technology and environmental issues.

Brian May has joined RHTechnical Industries as operations director. He was formerly technical director for Danielson and product director for two of the firm’s manufacturing sites.

British Aerospace chief executive John Weston has been made an honorary fellow of the Association of Project Management.

The award, made by association president Sir Bob Reid, marks a distinguished contribution to project management.

Michael Futter, former managing director of Pickfords Industrial, has joined Ainscough Group as engineering services director.

David Szczupak, Jaguar’s S-Type chief programme engineer, has been made chief powertrain engineer with Ford Automotive Operations. He will be responsible for all Ford’s engines and transmission engineering programmes.

Fluid-carrying specialist Bundy Group has made Joan Serra its quality director for European business.

Paul Forster and Mark Gibb have been made managing directors of Atlet’s UK business. Predecessor Larry Blackwell becomes Atlet France managing director.

Parker Pneumatic has appointed Mick Brooks as European rail industry application engineer.

David Tanner has become engineering manager for the Port of Southampton. He succeeds Colin Greenwell, who is now port manager for the Port of Teignmouth.

Halmatic, part of Vosper Thornycroft, has appointed sales director Mike Burnham as managing director. He takes over from Peter Jones, who retires in May. Geoff Charles, Halmatic’s finance director, becomes deputy managing director.

James McCabe has joined ABB Industrial Systems’ projects and automation division as industry manager for chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Kim Bowkett has been appointed manager of Motivair’s Oxford branch. She was formerly service manager at the company’s Waltham Cross branch.

Rolf Eckrodt has become chairman of the Union of European Railway Industries (UNIFE). He was named president and chief executive officer of Adtranz in December 1998.