Allied Machinery in expansion mode

The company has doubled its turnover in the past two years and has moved into larger purpose built premises in Penrose with space for a full engineering facility. It has also taken additional engineering staff and has built a close working relationship with engineer and sales consultant Andre Gil, of AE Gil Technologies.

AMS sales engineer and director, Ross Hudson, says there has always been a healthy second hand printing machinery market in New Zealand but printers are only now becoming more aware of the benefits of having their own machines refurbished.

“It is certainly much cheaper to refurbish a machine when you are looking at the large capital cost to replace it. You could save anywhere from $100,000 upwards and you are substantially extending its life expectancy,” he says.

AMS has been refurbishing a variety of machinery for the printing, graphics arts, mailing and packaging industries which it imports or buys locally, making the majority of the replacement parts themselves. It also offers a design service, identifying weaknesses in any existing equipment which can be improved with a custom-made modification. It was one of the first companies to assist with the successful integration of a Servo Register Control System on a Hikari Press.

AMS also carries out contract servicing and refurbishes printing equipment for one of the biggest print finishers in the country. Among recent refurbishments is a label machine imported from the UK and subsequently rebuilt and on-sold by one of its customers.

Along with its refurbishment business, the company has agencies for new equipment based around the print finishing industry.

It has recently taken on a Germany-based VIS Belting distributorship which provides an extensive range of belting for the packaging, printing and graphic industries. Ross says VIS belting is competitively priced, high quality, has excellent longevity, and AMS can offer on-site installation from its extensive range.

AMS also distributes machinery from the Italian wrapping machinery manufacturers CMC and has assisted with the first CMC film wrapping machine sale to the New Zealand market.

Ross says the CMC will arrive in July and comes with a variety of features including an automatic format change, pivoting sheet feeders and a rotary disk separator.

“This is the first intelligent flow wrap machine sold in New Zealand market and it is able to selectively insert or on-set from any feeder and match these to the appropriate person during production wrap.

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