Power Machinery Australia celebrates 50 years in the Sheet Metal Machinery Business
In the dynamic world of sheet metal and fabrication machinery, Power Machinery Australia has stood the test of time celebrating its 50th year in business this year.
In the early 70’s, Pat Manning crossed paths with Chris Christensen and Power Machinery Australia was officially incorporated in 1973.
The late ’70s and ’80s marked a period of transition in Australia’s manufacturing landscape. The country faced global competition, and traditional workshops were giving way to modernisation, with CNC machines replacing old setups.
In 1985, with business flourishing, Chris brought his son, Ken, into the fold. Ken, as a qualified Toolmaker, joined the team during a time when the industry was undergoing significant changes.
By 1990, Power Machinery Australia had secured agreements with European Machine Tool manufacturers, representing brands like Cidan from Denmark, Mep from Italy, and Adira from Portugal.
The philosophy behind these brand choices continues to this day. Power Machinery Australia continues to focus on machines that provide innovative solutions for sheet metal and steel fabricators.
“The early 90’s saw a shift towards CNC machines and as you can imagine this was baffling for Pat and Chris! Being in my early 30s and across new technology, I was able to ensure we stayed up-to-date with the changes in the industry” noted Ken.
In 1995, Power Machinery Australia evolved, with Ken Christensen purchasing the business and taking over as the sole Director. The company’s commitment to innovation persisted, focusing on machines that provided innovative solutions for sheet metal and steel fabricators.
By 2010, the company had installed numerous Adira Press Brakes and Shears, some of the largest ever sold in Australia.
A dedicated service department emerged in the early 2000s, ensuring continued support for machines dating back to the late ’90s. This institutional wisdom became crucial as machines outlasted their manufacturers.
Ken states, “With a service department and technicians that have decades of experience, we have the capacity to keep machines that have been operational for 20 years plus going. Not many other companies have the ability to do that.”
As Power Machinery celebrates its fifty-year milestone this year, the passing of Chris Christensen in May marked the end of an era. Yet, his legacy lives on in the heart of Power Machinery Australia. Moving forward, with over 1000 MEP Saws installed Australia wide and 100’s of CNC Press Brakes, Shears and full range of quality European equipment for the steel fabricator they continue to build knowledge and expertise and support their customers.
The company’s success, rooted in core principles of honesty, integrity, and service, stands as a testament to the resilience and adaptability that has defined this powerhouse business in the Australian machinery industry.