Bibra Lake, Australia -- Australian manufacturer of foam-cutting equipment Wintech Engineering Ltd had an "eventful and thoroughly satisfactory year, given the economic conditions of the world," said managing director Jim Tweddle in a New Year newsletter.
Australia suffered from floods, fires and cyclones during the year, and Wintech said it was able to give some help by "promptly rebuilding machines" for two customers whose machines were submerged.
Wintech shipped and installed a mixture of machines in 2011: oscillating blade machines for the furniture industry; compuset EPS cutting machines for the buildings and packaging industries; fast wire abrasive wire machines to the Insulation industry; and vertical fast wire machines for wind turbine blade manufacturers, Tweddle noted.
These machines went as far afield as Algeria, Canada, China, the US, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand as well as being sold domestically, the Wintech MD added.
According to Tweddle, Australia's very robust economy has a downside in the high value of the Australian Dollar. During 2011 it ballooned to US $1.10 and is now around parity. "When the AUD was at US$0.85 we could easily compete with the Asian 'copy' machines. For the moment we have to rely on our superior software and build quality," Tewddle commented.
Wintech now has its own permanent site, having relocated from a leased property to a new location at Dobra Road, 5 km away. Tweddle notes that the new property is "much better suited to Wintech's operation."