Compaction equipment specialist appoints new UK MD

Simon Robinson and Stuart Truckel

BOMAG has announced the appointment of a new managing director in the UK as the compaction equipment manufacturer launches new products built specifically for the British market.

Stuart Truckel, a former director of Bearmach – the specialist Land Rover parts supplier – succeeds Alan Batty, who has retired after leading BOMAG GB for 18 years.

BOMAG paid tribute to Alan Batty, describing him as ‘instrumental’ in achieving ‘market leader status’ for the brand in the compaction industry, having navigated the pandemic and Brexit periods, and won contracts with HS2 – taking it to £37.5 million turnover and a 35-person team.

With almost 25 years’ experience under his belt, including working within the aggregates and waste industries at Finning UK, and being responsible for export markets and product development at Bearmach, Stuart Truckel will be tasked with leading BOMAG through its next phase of growth.

The company has introduced two new products to the British market, including a 1m and 2m milling machine.

Speaking about his new role, Stuart said, “Alan has left a strong legacy, which in turn leaves a very strong business and one that will sustainably embrace the new product introductions and the exciting years ahead with HS2 and other projects.”

Jonathan Stringham, VP of sales and marketing at BOMAG, said, “When Alan told us he was retiring, we commenced the recruitment process straight away, to ensure that his incredible knowledge and experience could be passed over seamlessly.”

Experienced headhunter Simon Robinson, co-founder of Red Diamond Executive, was appointed to source Alan’s replacement.

Jonathan Stringham added, “We were lucky enough to recruit two managing directors at the same time in two different markets. We were able to compare both recruitments and partners. What particularly impressed us was the seriousness, professionalism, and support from Red Diamond.

“Simon took the time to understand BOMAG’s challenges, philosophy, and corporate culture. His approach is very structured, and customer focused. He was very active in finding candidates who could best meet our expectations while being able to challenge himself if necessary. Finding a successor for Alan was not easy because he has unparalleled experience in this market. We are excited by Stuart’s complementarity, his enthusiasm, and his dynamism.”