Experienced machinist Joe Latham has established his new engineering business ProWest Engineering in Western Australia

Experienced machinist Joe Latham has established his new engineering business ProWest Engineering in Western Australia, driven by a passion to succeed in a climate of change in the manufacturing industry.

With more than 19 years’ experience in the industry this award-winning engineer with trophies for Top World Skills Machinist for Western Australia and a top ten World Skills entrant for Australia has a business theme of ‘If you can dream it - we can machine it’.

When establishing a new green-field site with a pristine engineering workshop, Joe’s first purchase has been a brand new Okuma Model Genos L3000e-MY x 1000 CNC lathe.


“Over the years I have worked on a wide range of CNC machines and I love the Okuma machines for the easy interface and the outstanding finish they achieve. The backup service that Okuma provides is also outstanding from people who really care”, said Joe. “This machine is a very big investment for us however the new plant layout is planned for additional machines and I already know the next Okuma machine model I want”, he said.

In following his dream Joe has held a passion to start his own engineering business for some time but the loss of a close family member was the catalyst for moving his plans forward to the start of 2020.

While just a husband and wife team or ‘Army of Two’ at start up, Joe is keen to take on an apprentice as soon as possible and to grow the business.

As the business kicks off Joe is confident that his business from clients in the broad market segments of mining, automotive, energy, marine and general engineering will grow rapidly with the renewed confidence and support for manufacturing in Australia as against a reliance on off-shore manufacturing.

Okuma Branch Manager Western Australia, John Dale commented “Joe is supported by Okuma’s 12 months bottomless training support from our Western Australian team along with access to our network of Service and Applications Engineers Australia-wide”.


Joe’s impressive engineering background plus the pristine presentation of the workshop machining centre cannot help but impress and draw new and existing clients to this exciting engineering operation.

“At Okuma we are excited to be part of a new enterprise such as ProWest Engineering and to support its growth with the latest technology and machines,” said Okuma Australia Managing Director, Dean McCarroll. “ProWest and all our customers can be assured of our on-going support.”