Brulines, the supplier of beer-dispensing monitoring equipment, has appointed Bill Knowles as managing director of the group's gaming machine management interests. Knowles, who has 25 years experience with firms like Punch Taverns and Allied Domecq, will be in charge of Machine Insite and Coin Metrics. Mark Bowen has also been appointed account manager for the south of England for Coin Metrics. Commenting on the appointments, James Dickson, chief executive of Brulines, said: “I am delighted that Bill is joining the team at a very exciting time for the gaming machine industry. “The knowledge and experience he has gained within the pub and machine sectors will prove invaluable as we continue to develop market leading machine management information and reporting tools. “The machine industry faces significant challenges, and we look forward to working with key stakeholders to develop our service and improve operational efficiency and customer profitability.” Knowles added: “I experienced Brulines' potential during my time at Punch Taverns, and having recently provided consultancy services to the group, it became apparent that it has fantastic opportunities to grow its customer offering and market share.” Last month Brulines announced that it full-year results were marginally ahead of market expectations. In a pre-close update, the company reported that trading in the second half of 2007 was robust and that successful new installations and upgrades had resulted in ongoing year-on-year growth in revenue from support services. The group said the integration of Nucleus Data, which it acquired in January 2008, had delivered the expected synergies and would enhance earnings in 2008 and 2009. The company also revealed that it planned to change its name to Brulines Group in July 2008.

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