JTS Engineering diversifies with the times

When you add it up the team at JTS Engineering – Jim Strounis (Director), Mal Winzer (Operations Manager) and Scott Mohammed (Service and Accounts Manager) – have over 90 years of combined industry experience and now they are diversifying into new areas including custom fabrication, project management and general engineering solutions.

The company’s team of mechanical and electrical engineers also share a passion for the print industry, with many of them being either OEM factory trained or printers themselves. They possess specialist technical skills and a solid understanding of a broad range of printing presses, packaging machines, finishing equipment and other related machinery.

To maximise this talent pool, JTS Engineering Services – which has been servicing the industry now for eight years – recently took on a workshop in Sydney’s Fairfield so it can handle more diverse work including equipment modifications, servicing, rebuilds and custom fabrications.

A full-time machinist with over 40 years’ experience has also been employed in the workshop. Scott says the expanded service offering goes beyond traditional press dismantle and rebuild work and into areas that can help existing equipment be more productive.

“We are able to make up parts which could be obsolete and give new life to older equipment. We can provide custom solutions for customers from an engineering perspective. We now offer a more complete package as an engineering business,” he said.

In terms of fabrication work, JTS Engineering Services recently assisted a customer by fabricating a purpose-built handling system to the exact specifications required, as nothing off the shelf was suitable.

While the company is exploring new diversifications, it says it continues to hold firm to its heritage and with customers including IVE Group, Ovato, Bright Print Group, Spotpress, Westrock and Graphic Packaging International it is easy to understand why.

Jim said, “We want to maintain our core business of servicing the printing and packaging industry. We are also excited to announce the commencement of our partnership with Longer Machine Industrial Co, as our first agency.

“We all have backgrounds in the industry, and we all have a passion for it. Many of our biggest customers are printers, so we still want to support Australian printers, however, we have realised we need to diversify and are now offering a more complete package. So, now rather than just call us for a breakdown, we would like the industry to know there are many other areas in which we can assist them whether that be on the fabrication side, with project management or for new equipment.”

He added that JTS Engineering’s core business has always been responsiveness, which is required in the printing game.

“We want to be responsive to our customers, but we also want to offer more than just the printing machine breakdown response. We now offer a more complete package for our customers,” Jim said.

“So, if you need a printing machine moved but if there is anything else you may have engineering related, we can also help with that.”

Skilled engineers

Jim says there has been somewhat of a talent drain in Australia, especially when it comes to skilled technicians who really understand print and packaging machinery.

“We have found there is a lot of skills and knowledge that have left our industry,” Scott said.

“Rather than just build a team with a bunch of guys so we can send someone out and show face, we have built a strong team of guys who do quality work and have solid backgrounds. So, even if they are not a dedicated ‘branded’ engineer, they are highly skilled and specialised in the industry with deep industry knowledge.”

“Each type and brand of machine has different intricacies, so you need an understanding of this,” adds Scott. Our guys have experience in a wide range of areas so we can definitely have a look at any job.”

For more information about JTS Engineering Services and how they could help you, please call Jim on 0433 100 243 or Scott on 0431 887 501, or visit www.jtsengineering.com.au.

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