Air and fluid power specialist Thorite has appointed Gregg Blyth as Business Development Manager for the North East region, as part of its national growth strategy.

Gregg has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and business development and a wide breadth of knowledge, having previously worked for companies including Nike, Yell UK and, most recently, JTI (Japan Tobacco International).

He will be based at Thorite’s North Shields branch, in Orion Business Park – one of the company’s ten regional Trade Counters.

Thorite is the UK’s leading independent supplier of air compressors, air tools and pneumatic and fluid power process products, supplying over 70,000 products from more than 100 global brands.

A key objective for Gregg will be to promote Thorite’s comprehensive aftermarket offering, including compressor servicing and maintenance, air purity testing, air leak detection and energy saving solutions.

Gregg said: “I believe there are many opportunities to develop and grow the North East region for Thorite. I’m looking forward to learning, progressing, and developing as an individual in my career within a more technical and challenging sector.”

Thorite Sales Director, Mark Yates, said: “Our one-stop shop service with 360 aftermarket support is central to our plans to achieve £10 million growth over the next five years.

“We have a strong customer base in the North East and I’m delighted that Gregg is joining us to enhance our services in the region.”