Wood-Mizer's regional office in Asia has appointed a new manager with specific responsibility for the company's activities in the huge and important market of India.
Bobby Joseph joins the company with effect from January 2011, and brings a wealth of experience over many years of working with leading woodworking machinery manufacturers including Wood-Mizer. He is well-known in the industry throughout India, and will be responsible for managing and coordinating the sales, installation and servicing of Wood-Mizer's full range of sawmills, as well as expanding the market for the company's own-manufactured thin kerf bandsaw blades among users of Wood-Mizer and other makes of sawmill.
"During the years I have worked with Wood-Mizer I have been convinced of the great benefits which these sawmills give to customers, through improved accuracy and quality of cut compared with traditional Indian saws", said Bobby.
"The company's thin kerf bandsaw blades also mean higher yield of quality sawn timber and less waste, which is good for customers' profits and also contributes to the overall environmental requirement to protect the forest resources by maximising the use of each log.
"This is an exciting time to join Wood-Mizer and I am looking forward to meeting existing and new customers".
Based in Kerala, Bobby will cover the whole of the country, working with agents and distributors and directly with customers. He will report to Wood-Mizer's office in Singapore, liaising closely with James Wong, Regional Manager for Asia.
"I am pleased to welcome Bobby to his new role and am confident that we will benefit from his knowledge and contacts and that he will be successful in developing and supporting the market in India", said James Wong. "I have known him for many years and look forward to working with him.
"India is a huge country, with a land area of 3.29m km2 compared with 4m km2 for the whole of Southeast Asia. It accounts for 2.5% of the world's land area and 15% of its population, with an entrepreneurial spirit that is certainly evident among our many customers in the country.
"With the Indian economy expected to show an increase of 8.5% or better for the year 2010-2011 and remaining strong for the next financial year, it is good timing for us to appoint a dedicated manager to support the country's sawmillers".