SCM Group, a leading producer of industrial machinery and components for woodworking and advanced materials processing, boosts its presence in Australia with Gabbett Machinery joining the group to become SCM Group Australia.

Supplier’s Phil Ashley caught up with Andrea Aureli, CEO SCM; Lee Gabbett, Managing Director (Australia) and Marco Rampichini, Regional Manager, on the occasion of the launch of SCM Group Australia (L-R pictured) at AWISA 2016.

For the SCM Group the incorporation of their Australian distributor is a natural consolidation of 20 years of fruitful collaboration with the Gabbett family. Thanks to this partnership, SCM Group Australia can rely on an extremely widespread territorial presence, with offices in five locations; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth; and a staff of 55 professionals.

Mr Luigi De Vito, SCM Group Woodworking Machinery Division Director said: “The SCM Group can now consolidate and boost our market share in this country. We have achieved deep market penetration selling classic machines and technological solutions to joinery shops and cabinetmakers. We now wish to expand our operations by offering the Australian woodworking industry our entire range of solutions, including our exclusive CMS machinery range for processing wood, plastic, glass, stone and advanced materials.
“The Australian market offers a significant growth potential, if we consider that in 2015 our Woodworking Machinery Division had a +60% annual growth in the Asia and Pacific region. With our new branch and consequent expansion, we plan to bolster our operations and increase our growth.

“Australian companies are looking for solutions with automated and highly flexible cell systems, which we can easily provide offering a wide range of competitive products,” concluded Luigi.
SCM has been building quality machines for 65 years and now builds 17,000 machines a year: 90% of these are exported and all are made entirely in Italy.

Just as significant will be the SCM investment in improving its service, one of the key elements that has established the group’s reputation, with an extensive training program to ensure that every customer is provided with the most competent assistance in a timely manner. SCM Group Australia will be headed by Barry Gabbett, President, and Lee Gabbett, Managing Director and member of the board.