SEW-Eurodrive, a global leader in keeping industry moving, realised a multi-million dollar investment in Mackay with the March opening of a new state-of-the-art facility.
Mackay is the gateway to the Bowen Basin, home of vast reserves of black coal and also at the epicentre of the sugar region.
The 2000sqm facility houses testing equipment found nowhere else in Queensland, a coup for the company’s sales and operations manager for the region, Daniel Dallari, who arrived in Mackay mid last year.
“Customers will be able to take advantage of the technical expertise of a global player with a strong local presence to ensure the reliability of their operation and processes,” Mr Dallari said.
“SEW-Eurodrive’s state-of-the-art Heavy Industrial Solution Service Centre combined with our product specialists and the support of Werner Engineering’s machine shop will provide assistance from repair of SEW products, all the way to replacing aging non-SEW units with energy-efficient, modern and space-saving ‘drop-in’ engineered replacements.”
Many gear drives within the region are now reaching a stage where they require some serious servicing/rebuild or possible replacement, according to Mr Dallari.
“This can be achieved in a few weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the replacement part,” he said.
With a staff of 16,000 at 51 locations worldwide, including seven in Australia, Mr Dallari said the company had the capability to also manufacture bespoke parts for aging machinery that may no longer be available across the counter.
“We can even make improvements to existing machinery with our diagnostics equipment that will reduce gear failures,” he said.
The new facility has been built with an eye to the future.
“We have the room to expand and depending on how we go, could have a few extra staff by the end of the year,” Mr Dallari said
While Mr Dallari identified the coal mining and sugar industries as the principal sources of business, he sees far wider applications for the company’s skill set.
The ports of Townsville and Mackay, which use conveyor machinery extensively, are among the prime targets.
Mr Dallari said SEW-Eurodrive had a technical representative in the largest city in northern Australia, Townsville, who was also on the lookout for additional business opportunities.