Schaeffler (UK) Ltd has appointed John Loonam as its new Linear Product Specialist to spearhead the company's plans to increase its linear motion business in the UK and Ireland.
Loonam will be responsible for overseeing the growth of INA linear motion sales, organising and co-ordinating the engineering, product support, sales and marketing of all linear products sold in the UK and Ireland. He brings a wealth of engineering and sales experience to the new role, including six years as a regional sales engineer at Schaeffler UK, as well as previous roles at a power transmission company and a construction vehicle business.
He comments: "This is an exciting time to be spearheading Schaeffler's linear business in the UK. Many INA linear products have and are being developed as we speak, making the company's portfolio second to none. My focus will be on both emerging, niche markets in the UK and on the more traditional markets for our linear motion products, including medical, power generation, machine tools, rail, construction, packaging, electronics manufacturing and machine building.
"As a design engineer at a previous company, I used to regularly specify INA bearings, which were renowned for their quality and reliability. To now be responsible for selling the INA linear range in the UK is an exciting challenge for me."
The Schaeffler Group, which incorporates INA, FAG and LuK branded bearings, offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of linear guidance products available from a single source. In the UK, Schaeffler's Linear Quick Centre, which is based at its manufacturing plant in South Wales, provides customised, assembled linear bearings and guidance systems, including cutting and machining of shafts.