ESPI, the French family-owned designer of innovative hardware and software solutions for measuring and controlling machine tool performance, has created a new subsidiary – ESPI DPC UK – and opened a new office in the UK to bring its advanced technology to British precision manufacturers.
Vincent Borgraeve has been appointed to lead the new division as Director of ESPI DPC UK alongside his role as Northern European Sales Manager for the Group.
ESPI’s Scanflash technology is able to make fast and accurate geometric measurements and subsequent adjustments to machine tools on the shop floor. In less that 10 seconds it can calculate the corrections required to the machine tools to achieve target-centred output. The machines push the boundaries of ‘traditional’ control devices and techniques to meet the ever more complex needs of machine tool operators in terms of repeatability, flexibility, responsiveness and ultimately productivity.
Vincent says that in opening a dedicated UK business, ESPI can capitalise on the interest already shown by British and Irish firms: “UK manufacturers are quick to embrace innovation and new technologies that improve productivity and, ultimately, their bottom line,” he explains.
“With the uncertainty of Brexit, production efficiency and manufacturing competitiveness is high on the agenda, and measurement devices that can be used ‘on the line’, with minimal disruption or changeover times, will help give manufacturers the advantage they need.”
Before coming to the UK, Vincent held a Customer Support Manager role at ESPI in France, and as such has a deep understanding of what manufacturers are looking for. He has both a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a similar Degree in Finance.
“The opening of a new office reflects our Group’s long-term strategy of investing in key markets,” Vincent concludes.