FRESH from setting sales records in Australasia, the team from Bonfiglioli Transmission Pty Ltd recently turned its talents to totally new high performance tasks.
Bonfiglioli teams from all over the world competed in a series of automotive tests ranging from being quickest to change the tyres of Michael Schumacher's world championship winning 2004 F1 Ferrari, to driving WRX race vehicles on obstacle courses near the 5km circuit. The event was sponsored by Shell, of which Bonfiglioli is the largest Italian customer.
The prize for members of the wining team was to drive a 296 kW (400bhp) Ferrari 360 Modena, which scoots from 0-100kph in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of nearly 300kph (180 mph).
The Bonfiglioli Monza event followed on from the serious business of the "50th anniversary corporate meeting" in Milan, where the group's recent global results were discussed as well as future strategies.
One of the presentations made at the meeting related to the new Head Office for Bonfiglioli Transmission Australia which has recently moved its Headquarters in Sydney to a brand new site with much improved facilities.
The new $8 million Head Office assembly and warehouse located near the M7 Orbital in the suburb of Glendenning accommodates a Drive Service Centre (DSC) equipped to meet Bonfiglioli's global technical and service standards. In addition to the capital investment in its new Australasian headquarters, Bonfiglioli is spending a further $9 million on stock inventories in Australia and New Zealand to ensure the broad availability, and prompt deliveries of its drive technologies.
The new Headquarters and Drive Service Centre, managed by Mr Matt Ryan, is complemented by Bonfiglioli branch offices around Australia, plus a new branch in Auckland, New Zealand, where Bonfiglioli has a joint venture assembly facility with its BEST Partner, Saeco Bearings and Transmission New Zealand.
BEST is the highest level of partnership with Bonfiglioli, which is a world leader in drives technology with sales of more than $650 million a year and more than 2500 staff with extensive operations in mainland Europe, the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, India, China, South Asia and Australasia.