Mark Gardiner has been appointed as Sales Director. He joins the board of directors with responsibility for global sales and customer relationships.
Mark was previously Sales Manager for TBS, where he has held the role for over five years. Prior to this he spent two years in the USA as Business Development Manager, and was instrumental in the successful integration of Tekmax into TBS, adding enveloping technology to complete its end-to-end assembly line capability.
More recently Mark played a key role in the TBS joint venture with Digatron in Qingdao, further expanding growth in China.
Mark has over 15 years’ experience in the battery engineering sector, since joining TBS in 2001. Speaking of his new role he said: “I’m looking forward to working closely with TBS customers and continuing the great service and customer experience TBS prides itself on.”
Steve Sharpe has joined the business as Technical Director. He was previously Group Technical Director at Froude, manufacturer of test equipment for the automotive, gas turbine and shipbuilding industries.
He has a strong pedigree of innovation and New Product Development in addition to proven experience in assembly line optimisation and automation, having worked with the world’s biggest automotive brands, including VW, Toyota and BMW.
Steve began his career as a graduate apprentice with Lucas, having graduated with a BA Hons degree in engineering from Oxford University.
In his new role at TBS Steve is responsible for all engineering design and development, where he will be using his 35 years of engineering expertise to develop and evolve TBS’ fully automatic high speed assembly equipment.
Steve replaces Chris Barge, who departed after 24 years of service for TBS. Mark and Steve will be working closely to develop innovative new products that continue to lead the way in high speed assembly equipment for the lead acid battery industry.
Founded in 1967 TBS is the world leader in producing automatic machinery for the lead acid battery industry. Today it develops and supplies machines to produce automotive, UPS and industrial batteries for OEM and replacement manufacturers.