Leading New Zealand machinery supplier Scott Machinery is pleased to launch its newest exclusive agency for MEP, a high-end Italian manufacturer of industrial band saws and cold saws, the first container of which is now available for viewing in the company’s Auckland branch at East Tamaki.
The agency is the result of 12 months of work by Scott Machinery’s Logan Scott, including a visit to the Italian factory and building a relationship with MEP’s Enzo Magnani, grandson of the company’s founder. MEP was already an established brand in New Zealand, but Scott Machinery say MEP believed it would take promotion and development of the brand to the next level. Logan says MEP and Scott Machinery are a good fit.
As an established and trusted firm, and one of the largest saw suppliers in New Zealand, Scott’s extensive customer base and support network offers MEP assurances of strong sales and an ability to support the brand and maintain relationships with users.
For Scott Machinery, the brand represents its efforts to offer ranges across all applications and prices. MEP is a higher-end brand, but still offers cost-effectiveness to New Zealand customers and an extensive range of machines, from more manual options, to fully NC systems that even offer automatic bar feed options, enabling operators to leave the machine unattended.
Logan says the implications for efficiency are obvious.
Auto feeds would reduce staff hours and override human input error. Every machine in the range can be customised to suit, so the brand is accessible for all from the smallest of one-man businesses to large corporate customers.
User-friendly NC control systems are a standard feature on MEP and the potential ranges of industries is broad, from mechanical workshops for the manufacture of mechanical parts and components, to metalwork manufacturers , companies operating within the building industry (cutting of beams for skyscraper, bridges or buildings) manufacturers of industrial plant (cutting of pipes, flanges) as well as customers operating in special areas, such as the cutting of golden bars for an important Swiss watch manufacturer.
‘’MEP offer circular saws and band saws to carry out cuts of various steels, light alloys, ferrous materials, aluminium, bronze, copper, in light and heavy industry with a 0-1500mm cutting capacity,’’ Logan says.
MEP saws are operator friendly, with monitoring of blade tension standard on most models, meaning fewer broken blades and less costly down time.
“Over the years MEP’s technologies have evolved both in the mechanical sector (with regards to the raw materials used and the solution adopted) and in the electronic sector (controls). MEP has therefore been able to consolidate its leading position in Germany, France, Spain and Scandinavia.
“Also with the acquisition of HYD-MECH Group, MEP also acquired a considerable presence on the North American market, where it is currently the undisputed leader with the widest range of products available,’’ says Logan.
More than 12,000 saws are sold internationally each year, in 50 countries, and with bases in Canada, China, Italy and the US, the company’s reach is wide.
MEP manufactures all its own components, ensuring consistent quality throughout that has cemented them as a leading manufacturer.
The brand’s focus on safety is another advantage. With a focus on operator safety, MEP has led the way in reducing incidents by following the European model of industrial safety requirements, more extensive than previously expected in New Zealand, but an indication of where regulations are headed, ensuring the purchase of an MEP is future-proof in the Kiwi manufacturing environment. Low energy consumption also dovetails nicely with customers’ requirements for greater savings in that area.
Constant development of technology allows MEP to offer a solution for any cutting requirement, Logan says.
“MEP are a world leader in the manufacture of standard and special execution band saws for metal cutting,’’ he says.
Scott Machinery offers more than 70 different models of MEP saws, with options including swing head or on-linear guides, double mitreing, pivot arm or vertical column cold saws. Machines can be viewed on the floor at Scott Machinery’s Auckland office and Logan Scott and sales manager Garth Mahony are available for all queries. Enzo Magnani will visit New Zealand this month and Scott Machinery invites all existing and future customers to visit their showroom on July 11 and 12 to meet Enzo and view the range.