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Technical Solutions

Thorite's dedicated Technical Solutions Department can advise on all your technical application, support and systems queries including fluid handling and fluid process control.

To get in touch please e-mail:

Mike Perry

Technical Solutions Manager

Tel: 07791 051574


A former Royal Air Force Engineer, Mike has extensive engineering experience in high speed manufacturing processes. He also worked directly with SMC Pneumatics before moving to Thorite ten years ago. Mike now leads the team of engineers to provide full technical support and customised solutions to our customers.

He is currently undertaking CMI Level 5 study in Management and Leadership.


Electro Pneumatic solutions, business development, project development.

Ross Town

Technical Specialist

Tel: 07866 781297


Ross joined Thorite fresh from sixth form in 2008 and has had various roles during in which he has gained valuable product knowledge and experience in a wide variety of industrial processes.

Ross has also been an active member of the Leeds Association of Engineers since 2012 to be elected as Vice President in 2017 and becoming President in 2019.


Process and pumping applications. SMC, Norgren and Festo products.

Max Crosland

Engineering Manager

Tel: 07973 324554


A fully apprentice trained engineer; Max has over thirty years engineering experience in Pneumatics.

An expert in pneumatic control and circuit design, covering a huge variety of applications. There are not many industries which Max has not been actively involved in.


Electro pneumatic solutions, control panel design and build, workshop management.

Mik Rhodes

Technical Manager

Tel: 07969 875615


An apprentice trained mechanical and production engineer, Mik Joined Thorite in 2015 after ten years with SMC and previous equipment design, project and health & safety management roles in a number of industries.

After four years as Thorite Pneumatic Applications Manager, Mik became Technical Manager in 2019.


Pneumatic applications, systems & control panels, electric drives, safety applications. SMC, Norgren and Festo products.

Paul Derrick

Technical Specialist

Tel: 07980 930183


Paul joined Thorite in 2017 after many years working with industry leading companies including IMI Norgren.

His wealth of knowledge covers most aspects of factory automation with particular experience in delivery production and energy efficiency.


All major pneumatic brands, Rexroth modular aluminium systems, Pick & Place systems and conveying.

Adam Robottom

Deputy Engineering Manager

Tel: 03333 660149


Adam has worked for Thorite since 2017, progressing from a Technician role, adding to his skillset along the way.

Since studying Mechanical Engineering he has also worked in specifying parts for the heavy transport sector and in Research & Development for a ceramic pipe manufacturer.


Circuit design & specification, CAD modelling, PLC programming and general engineering applications.

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