From the MD

 

Hi and welcome to the first 2021 Okuma quarterly newsletter.

On behalf of all Okuma Australia and New Zealand members I wish to say a belated Happy New Year and wish all of our customers, both current and future, the very best for 2021 and beyond.

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Whilst 2020 was very positive for manufacturing in a general sense, I also wish to recognise that it was also tough for many.

Last year certainly focused the minds of many in order to re-energize our industry in support of Sovereign Manufacturing. Strong local projects, open public commitment for manufacturing industries by our state and federal governments, healthy currencies, a positive workforce and a general “can-do” mentality resulted in investments for capital equipment not seen for many years.

At Okuma we have been most fortunate to be awarded machine tool orders well in excess of our expectation. Such strong orders are a very real sign of current work volumes and confidence going forward, as machine tool investment is a long-term commitment.

In support of increased investment from our customers we have also invested in additional resources both by way of employees and technology. This is in line with our parent company’s enduring philosophy of Monozukuri “The Art Of Making Things Better”.

2021 may still be different to the normality we are all wishing for, however we at Okuma are fully operational to support our customers’ needs in line with the strengthening we are experiencing within the metal cutting manufacturing industries.

Please always feel free to call upon any of our Okuma members for support.

Yours sincerely,

Dean McCarroll
Managing Director
Okuma Australia + New Zealand