XYZ Machine Tools has announced the appointment of Mark Chappell to the role of Mechanical Engineering Manager, where he will be responsible for process and product development involving internal procedures and working closely with XYZ’s network of suppliers.

Mark brings with him extensive experience gained working both in industry and academia, spending 11 years at Renishaw, where he held production engineering and customer training positions, eventually managing the Renishaw subsidiary in India, where he undertook sales and service related roles. Most recently he worked at the University of Bath on aerospace engineering projects, and acted as an interface between the academic and industrial partners in European Regional Development Fund projects as well as the Government and industry-backed Sharing in Growth programme.


Mark Chappell alongside one of the recently introduced XYZ LR series of vertical machining centres.

Mark’s connection to XYZ goes back almost 20 years through his time at Renishaw and the University of Bath, when he worked with XYZ on calibration projects. Therefore, when the opportunity to join the Devon-based machine tool company arose he quickly accepted. “I am excited by the opportunities that this new position at XYZ offers me and it is a great opportunity to join one of the most successful and forward-thinking machine tool Companies. This coming year will see some interesting developments at XYZ and I am looking forward to being a part of those,” says Mark Chappell. In his new role Mark will be overseeing the development of a range of standard operating procedures for machine build and quality at XYZ. He will also work closely with machine suppliers to develop products and drive continuous improvement, which will lead to benefits for XYZ customers through cost-down initiatives.

“Mark joins us at an interesting time and will play an important role as we continue to develop our business and product ranges. His experience of project management and engineering will prove extremely valuable and allow us to continue to provide efficient and cost-effective solutions for all of our customers,” says Nigel Atherton, Managing Director, XYZ Machine Tools.