Leading drives solution group, SEW-Eurodrive, celebrates 25 years in Australia.
From day one, SEW-Eurodrive Australia has leveraged its engineering expertise to provide local manufacturers with customised, end-to-end solutions. These now range from geared motors through to advanced electronics and drive control software.
SEW-Eurodrive’s original site at Tullamarine, in Victoria, has grown continually over 25 years.
Sister facilities in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Queensland have allowed SEW-Eurodrive to develop a national manufacturing presence. According to SEW-Eurodrive Australia MD, Robert Merola, new facilities are planned for Adelaide and Perth, and there are plans afoot to expand the Brisbane site.
SEW-Eurodrive’s presence extends beyond the capital cities. “In such a vast continent, round-the-clock, regional support is vital,” he said.
“It was important to quickly establish authorised and skilled service centres throughout the whole country. Specialists are available at all times to perform repairs, provide replacements, design technical solutions, or just talk through application issues.”
With SEW-Eurodrive’s global network of 11 manufacturing plants and 61 assembly, sales and service plants in 44 countries, the commitment to service extends off-shore.
Exporters are provided with access to SEW-Eurodrive’s worldwide support network, ensuring a consistently high level of on-the-ground support.
“This service extends across our entire product range, regardless of where the drive solutions are used,” said Merola. “Geared motors, industrial gear units, drive automation, and drive electronics are all catered for.”
According to Merola, SEW-Eurodrive serves a variety of Australian industries, such as building and construction, packaging, bottling, ports and harbours, mining, timber, automotive and airport logistics.
“In these industries, our end-to-end solutions provide local manufacturers with the flexibility and optimisation tools they need,” he said, “and our engineers are trained to understanding the unique requirements of each industry.”
Throughout its 25-year Australian history, SEW-Eurodrive has been active in the wider community, with involvement in sport, cultural pursuits and charities.
“This year we are also celebrating another milestone--the tenth anniversary of the ‘SEW Charity Event’, which has raised over $1 million for Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria,” said Merola.
Having overseen the first 25 years of SEW-Eurodrive in Australia, Merola predicts an equally bright future.
The decision to expand facilities around Australia reflects this confidence, as does the company’s continuing commitment to a strong engineering and service presence.
“It is not enough to supply Australian manufacturers with high-quality products; we believe technology suppliers all have a responsibility to enhance the national engineering skill base,” he said.
“In the end, it is the expertise and dedication of our people that has laid the foundations for a solid future.”