DMG / MORI SEIKI Australia appoints new President

DMG/ MORI SEIKI, Australia’s leading CNC machine tool provider, has appointed Stefan Weiwadel as its new President. Together with Vice President and QCD Manager Wada Tetsuji, Mr Weiwadel will lead the company’s expansion efforts into new and existing markets. He brings to the job an impressive track record for success, having served more than 25 years at leading international tooling companies where he held multiple executive positions.

Mr Weiwadel has extensive experience in cutting and machine tool technology sales, and prior to joining DMG / MORI SEIKI in July 2010 as General Manager for the South-East-Asian market, he spent two years as General Manager with a local company in Singapore.

After German machine tool builder GILDEMEISTER AG commenced joint sales and services with the Japanese machine tool manufacturer Mori Seiki Co Ltd in Australia on 1 March 2010, the joint company DMG / Mori Seiki Australia is now market leader in Australia, and plans to increase its market share to 50%, Mr Weiwadel says.

“While we see huge potential for growth in the mining industry in WA and QLD as well as general engineering in all states, I believe we will see long-term growth coming from the local aerospace sector,” Mr Weiwadel says. He anticipates positive impacts on DMG / MORI SEIKI sales through the Joint Force Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, which has recently been restructured. The Australian Government approved the acquisition of the first 14 aircraft in November 2009 and the first two aircraft will be delivered in 2014.

With the combined strength of two leading global machine tool builders, DMG / MORI SEIKI offers solutions for 95% of all metalcutting applications. While the company offers high-end, quality CNC lathes, 5-axis milling machines, mill/turns and ultrasonic laser machines, not all machines come with the high price tag, Mr Weiwadel emphasises.

“We work closely with our customers to ensure that they have the best possible solutions for their machining needs,” he says. “When it comes to economical turning and milling products, DMG offers its ECOLINE range of machines. The idea behind the design is to deliver DMG’s usual high quality standard through consistent standardisation and a simple, reliable machine construction that has an unbeatable price-performance ratio.”

Moreover, Mori Seiki has launched its new X-Class series range of machines, which covers the NTX1000 and NTX2000 mill-turn centres, the NHX horizontal machining centres, the NLX2500 CNC lathes, and the NVX5000 vertical machining centres. The NLX2500 Series CNC lathe was the first machine to be launched in the X-Class, optimised to ensure high rigidity, longer tool life, and the capability to perform heavy duty cutting operations.

Mr Weiwadel and Mr Wada join the company at a time when a growing number of companies in Australia get ready to get involved in major international projects and are gearing up to face competition from not only Asia, but also Europe and the US, where manufacturers who have survived the GFC have done so by streamlining their processes.
“Faced with this increased competition, Australian manufacturers must become even smarter with their manufacturing techniques, and DMG/Mori Seiki is the right partner for companies seeking greater production efficiencies,” Mr Weiwadel says.

About DMG / MORI SEIKI
DMG and Mori Seiki, two worldwide leading machine tool manufacturers, closely collaborate in Australia and plenty of other markets around the globe. The strategic partnership includes production, purchasing, research and development as well as sales and service in selected markets and customer financing. The company manufactures and sells high precision machining centres, turning centres and multi 5-axis machines as well as ULTRASONIC / LASERTEC Technologies. Product lines include DMG, Mori Seiki, Taiyo Koki vertical grinders and DIXI ultra-high-precision machining centres.

Contact:

DMG Mori Seiki Australia Pty Ltd
6 - 6 Garden Road
Clayton, 3168, VIC
Phone: 03 8545 0900
Fax:      03 9561 4999
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