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CEO Update: A Message from George Yammouni

CEO Update: A Message from George Yammouni


Hope you’ve all had a great start to Calendar year 2024.


In January (50.1) we saw a once off rebound in the PMI in Australia which has since returned to 47.8 in February. In the last month we have seen some softening across all indices, including new orders and employment. We also saw an increase in shipping costs and logistics affecting the manufacturing output costs. However, overall the industry is reporting optimism for increased production and future demands for 2024.

Similarly, New Zealand is still in contractor mode. However New orders, production and finished stock indices improved. We are seeing some positivity return to the New Zealand market.


We have welcomed four new engineers as additions to our growing service team, now well past 50 technicians. All four have started this year in Australia and New Zealand. Christian Wissmann – Sheet Metal engineer in WA, Chris Rowlands – CNC engineer in QLD, Dalton Ferreira – Sheet Metal and Plastics in NSW and Waisak Gautama, who joins our Sheet Metal team in New Zealand. Please join me in welcoming them. They bring excellent talent and depth of experience to our very capable group.

Additionally, we will soon welcome an addition to our Sheet Metal sales team in Queensland in April. Stay tuned for more detail shortly.


Our commitment to  investment in our people continues with more engineers heading overseas for advanced factory training in the coming months. Our focus is to cross-train and up-skill for new technology models with focus on our Plastics solutions, TRUMPF technology, Waterjet, Automated Storage, and our CNC range.

Upcoming Events

AMW Sydney

We are looking forward to AMW in Sydney. We will have an OMAX Maxiem 1530 waterjet and Timesavers 32 series machine on display. Our stand number is MT118. Please drop by and say hello.

EuroBLECH 2024

I’m pleased to announce the planning of a guided EuroBLECH 2024 tour. This comprehensive tour promises an immersive experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit several reference sites, providing valuable insights into industry best practices. Notably, the tour will include a visit to TRUMPF’s headquarters, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some very exciting technology from the world’s largest and most successful smart factory innovators. The highlight of the tour will be several days dedicated to exploring the renowned EuroBLECH trade fair in Hannover. If you are interested in joining this exclusive tour, please contact Matt Malatt (matthewm@headland.com.au) for further details.


This event is fast approaching in November, on the 5th – 10th 2024. We are pleased to be organising a delegation of progressive manufacturers eager to explore the latest innovations in precision machining. Please get in touch with Nigel Kelly if you wish to take part.

We have also been fortunate to receive many of our OEMs visiting and talking to clients around the country, including STOPA, Hanel, TRUMPF, and soon will include Timesavers and Nakamura-Tome. Please reach out to our team if you’d like to meet with any of our visiting experts to discuss any specific requirements. Your topics of interest will guide our planning for continuously bringing some of the best and brightest minds to our shores.


Kind regards,

George Yammouni