Nexxis to target robotics market with GMT acquisition

27/02/2019 - 10:33

After acquiring custom engineering firm Groves Manufacturing & Tooling on January 1, Nexxis will restructure and rebrand its new acquisition under the name SixDe, as it pushes into the robotics industry.

Nexxis to target robotics market with GMT acquisition
SixDe, formerly GMT, is specialised in precision machining and metal pressing.

After acquiring custom engineering firm Groves Manufacturing & Tooling on January 1, Nexxis will restructure and rebrand its new acquisition under the name SixDe, as it pushes into the robotics industry.

Nexxis said SixDe would retain GMT's three existing employees, add three more immediately, and then search for three more engineers.

It said the company would retain core offerings of precision machining, custom roll forming design and build, and metal pressing.

It would add new robotics-related services , including technical robotics specialists.

SixDE will have specific focus on servicing the mining, oil and gas, construction, fabrication and building industries.

Stephen Groves, who founded GMT in 1976, will stay on with the new entity as a technical engineering consultant.

Nexxis founding managing director Jason De Silveira said the company wanted to be at the forefront of industrial robotics development while continuing to deliver GMT’s custom design and engineering services.

“The capabilities that SixDe offers the market in terms of robotics technology and custom engineering is unique for Perth and across Australia,” he said.

“The custom aspect is significant, providing the opportunity for companies to communicate directly with us and be involved throughout the delivery of highly specialised and fit-for-purpose robotics applications.

“That’s a massive step up for industry in Australia, which often has had to rely on international providers for custom applications or make do with equipment that may not have been ideally suited to their needs.”

Primero Group managing director Cameron Henry endorsed the robotics aspirations SixDe is targeting.

“We know from our client-based focus that operators and service providers in this region are constantly looking to be more efficient, to reduce downtime and to maintain impeccable safety records, but that’s difficult due to the remote and hazardous environments in which they operate,” Mr Henry said.

“There’s no question that automation and remote operation provide opportunities to overcome many of the obstacles but to date it’s been costly and time-consuming to access custom solutions.”

 

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