ZF Services UK has appointed a new product support engineer responsible for driving forward its technical support and mentoring.
Simon Ackroyd has been appointed to the role, and will oversee training for its customer base and partners in the UK. Simon has worked with the ZF family since 2002, First with Hindle group as a workshop engineer before later progressing into a technical manager role with powertrain products Ltd. Altogether, he has more than 15 years’ automotive industry experience working with ZF.
Speaking about the challenges facing the automotive industry moving forward, Ackroyd commented: “All driveline engineers need to be ready for the hybrid and electric vehicle era, which is already among us. As production in these areas ramps up, we are likely to see an end to traditional diesel vehicles, so I will be making sure the ZF technical team is well-placed to support our customers with these technologies, in particular through remote diagnostics and our Openmatics platform.”
As Simon joined the ZF team, its previous product support engineer announced his retirement, following 39 years of service with the company. Bob Glazebrook first joined ZF back in 1978 and has held a number of technical roles with the business, looking after various products in the ZF range, as well as assuming responsibility for warranties and customer care.