SEW Gears Up for Grand Opening of Heavy Industrial Solutions Division

SEW-EURODRIVE’s new Heavy Industrial Solutions Division, adjoining their Tullamarine headquarters, is in the final stages of development. Since operations began in the country in 1982, SEW-EURODRIVE has continued to invest in resources and infrastructure; their most recent at the Tullamarine office. The new 10,000 square metre Heavy Industrial Solutions Division is being fitted out to produce and service the largest drives in Australasia. The state-of-the-art facility includes cranes capable of handling 50 tonne loads, automated two-pack paint line and a storage capacity in excess of 3000 pallets.

Managing director, Robert Merola, is optimistic about the new facility. “This $15 million investment will enable us to increase local assembly, holding and servicing of products, allowing customers to become productive much quicker than in previous times.”

The facility will be officially unveiled as part of a special 30th anniversary dinner held on November 1. “We are planning to erect a giant marquee at the rear of the building to accommodate 300 guests,” said Merola.

Guests will include state politicians and dignitaries as well as overseas SEW company representatives. Melbourne company staff, state managers, selected existing customers and potential clients will also attend.

This new facility is the key to the company’s future in Australia. “Despite the changes we’ve seen, our commitment to our customers and the community are just as important as the day we started, and will form the heartbeat of SEW-EURODRIVE’s Australian operations for the next 30 years and beyond,” Merola said.
SEW-EURODRIVE’s existing Melbourne Head Office (left) will be more than doubled in size by the addition of the new Heavy Industrial Solutions Division (right).

The SEW-EURODRIVE group is a global designer and developer of mechanical power transmission systems and motor control electronics, headquartered in Bruchsal, Germany. Its broad spectrum of integrated solutions includes geared motors and gear units, high torque industrial gear units, high-efficiency motors, electronic frequency inverters and servo drive systems, decentralised drive systems, plus engineered solutions and after-sales technical support/training.

The Australian division of SEW-EURODRIVE, celebrating 30 years of driving Australian industry in 2012, is headquartered in Melbourne and is supported by a network of offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. A comprehensive service and technical support centre is located in Melbourne, and complemented by assembly facilities in both Melbourne and Sydney. The company’s customer base includes large-scale corporations and smaller entrepreneurial enterprises across Australia.

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