Haco Australia managing director Kurt Bossuyt: CNC Direct was chosen from among other distributors because “we wanted a company that was in our opinion motivated to grow Haco’s market in New Zealand. CNC Direct has proved this with the successful distribution of FatHaco lathes. While FatHaco is part of the Haco Group, its product line is not distributed by Haco Australia”.
Mr Bossuyt is a member of the team that evaluated prospective agents for the New Zealand market. “I had a look at a few other agents and spoken to some of CNC Direct’s customers who said they were satisfied with the way CNC Direct takes on the business, from sales to service,” he says.
CNC Direct will initially concentrate on sheetmetal fabrication equipment, primarily CNC brake presses, CNC plasma cutting machines and CNC turret punching machines. However, it is authorised to distribute Haco’s range of machinery, including machining centres, turning machines, guillotines, drilling machines, laser marking and cutting machines and hot air generators. It also provides software solutions.
Mr Bossuyt says CNC Direct will not only distribute equipment and consumables but will also provide after-sales service in cooperation with Haco Australia. “We have a dedicated service team that will fly to New Zealand if needed. It is actually cheaper to fly from Melbourne to Auckland than to fly to Perth. On top of that we also provide online service from our offices in Perth, Melbourne and Belgium,” he says.
He believes that the market in New Zealand is picking up again, slowly but steady. “We want to be ready to go with CNC Direct as our representative.”
CNC Direct director David Thumath says his company has not been involved with the sales of fabrication machinery before but he is “pleased that Haco trusts that we understand the quality of the mainly European-manufactured machinery they produce”.