Master Abrasives becomes an authorised ROSA Machine Representative


Midlands-based Master Abrasives has recently been appointed as the ROSA Ermando S.p.A authorised agent in the UK and Ireland, a leading worldwide supplier of grinding machines based in Italy.

For this brand addition to Master’s range, discussions have been handled slightly differently and it has been mutually agreed with ROSA’s current distributor that Master Abrasives will work closely with them in a gradual handover.

For several years, ROSA has been represented in the UK by NL Machine Tool Consulting Limited whose Managing Director, Mr Norman Loughton, has served them very well and has a long history in the UK machine tool industry. As Norman is now considering slowing down as he heads towards retirement, it was fortuitus that Master Abrasives and ROSA had started discussing future representation in the UK.

Following a three-way discussion, it was mutually agreed that Master would represent ROSA from the 1st Jan 2024, working closely with Norman in a slow and seamless hand over.

Paul Batson, Master Abrasives’ Managing Director, stated: “Whilst we are very honoured to have reached an agreement to represent ROSA and work with them on potential new business, we also want to show our respect for the work that Norman has put in to the brand and customer base over recent years. For this reason, it was critical that Norman was on board and we’re glad he was happy to work with us on the smooth transmission from NL Machines Tools’ distributorship to Master Abrasives.”



ROSA, founded in 1964 by Eng. Ermando Rosa, designs and builds horizontal-spindle grinding machines for plane surfaces and profiles, grinding machines with universal head for slideways and profiles and creep-feed grinding machines. Mr ROSA bought the rival FAVRETTO Machines Tool company in recent years so they can also offer the range of FAVRETTO machines, sitting well beside the ROSA range for a very comprehensive machine portfolio.

Giuseppe Bucci, Export Manager at ROSA stated: “This new partnership with Master Abrasives is a wonderful opportunity to keep serving the manufacturing community in the U.K. Our surface and profile grinders are optimally targeted towards many high-end grinding applications offered by British market.

Master Abrasives with their expertise and competence will add value to the quality and reliability supplied with any ROSA surface grinder by providing process-related support and guidance. I am sure this collaboration will set the basis for increasing our market presence by assisting existing customers and becoming a reference for new prospects.”

Ian Meredith, Master Abrasives Applications Engineering Manager, commented “ROSA have a great history and pedigree in the machine tool industry and their range falls very nicely into our machine tool portfolio. We can offer our customer base top quality machine tools but with the support of abrasive products to ensure they get the optimum productivity out of their machining set up.”

The main industrial sectors where ROSA surface grinders are to be found are mould and dies manufacturers, tool makers, the machine tool industry, aerospace industry guideways and linear guiding systems and circular knives and straight knives for steel, aluminium and paper industry, all of which will be a target markets for the Master team and potentially others that are waiting to be developed. You can visit Master Abrasives at MACH Exhibition this year to see a ROSA machine on their stand 430 in hall 6.

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