About Us

Hugh Joseph

Hugh worked for Westwind for 21 years and for 10 of those years as Aftersales Manager where he successfully managed the internal service department and external services centres worldwide – commercially and technically. He was the main contact for technical support to all customers in the PCB drilling industry and industrial spindles division. Hugh spent much of his time travelling throughout Asia, USA and Europe, trouble shooting, supporting new applications and managing the service business.

Hugh is very well respected throughout the industry and formed excellent business relationships with the key OEM’s in the PCB industry – Schmoll Maschinen, Posalux, Hitachi Via Mechanics, Excellon Automation, Pluritec, Lenz, Tong Tai and others.

In 2008 he set up and managed the UK office for Colibri Spindles, their main business is supplying air bearing dicing spindles for the semiconductor silicon wafer industry.

After completing and indentured apprenticeship as a Toolmaker working on mould tools and high pressure hydraulic / pneumatic valves, pumps and systems, joined Westwind Air Bearings (Federal Mogul) in 1987. Completing 21 years in technical and managerial roles as Nightshift Team Leader, Production Engineer and 10 years as Aftersales Manager.

Neil Brett

Worked for Westwind Air bearings for 16 years on a variety of products, as well as Colibri Spindles and Penny and Giles industrial sensors. Neil is responsible for the design and development of many air bearing spindles ranging from high speed PCB drilling spindles through to rotary atomisers for the automotive industry. In the 1990's he also worked on the optical system for a laser drilling system and successfully developed low cost aerodynamic scanners for laser printing. He was also responsible for solving many key issues relating to performance and manufacture of spindle products ensuring projects were successfully turned around and revenue streams fulfilled.

Neil's experience also includes the management and development of sensors for the automotive and marine markets as well as working on aerospace projects.

Neil's experience stems from a 5 year apprenticeship and further study at the Southampton Institute passing an honours degree in mechanical design.