United Machinists precision engineer critical components for high tech manufacturers across the aerospace, medical, mining and marine industries – we like to say we ‘machine possibilities’.
Founded in 1977 by Doug Ramsay, we have a long history servicing leading New Zealand manufacturers.
Today, owned by the next generation Alex & Sarah Ramsay, our vision is to be the machine shop of the future, working in partnership with New Zealand’s leading product innovators. To achieve this we’ve invested heavily in new capabilities, plant and machinery:
• 13 mills and lathes up to 5 axis
• Lights out 24/7 production capability, with custom process automation for production clients
• Dedicated research and development team, focused on process automation and consulting on design for manufacturing
• Real-time live customer production links showing all work on order, stages of production and scheduled delivery
• Vision CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), capable of measuring up to .002mm tolerances
• Assembly and sub-assembly – inhouse assembly of mechanical products. Sub-contracting and project management of electronic assemblies.
But perhaps our biggest point of difference is our attitude. We are big on purpose and culture. We believe customers will have the very best quality and experience if our team really believe in, feel part of and enjoy what they are doing – our purpose is to lead the renaissance of manufacturing in New Zealand.
Our Country is seen as an incubator of high-tech ideas, but without a manufacturing backbone that’s sustainable all of these ideas are going to go offshore for production. What does that mean for the future of work? Not everyone is born to be a programmer, we want youth in our community to have taking up the trade as a career goal. Because who wouldn’t want to make camera gear for the set of X-Men in Canada, propulsion jet Units bound for the Yukon Delta, or life changing and world leading prosthetic hands.
The craft and passion in our trade is inspiring, but our workforce is literally dying – we want to help change the narrative from one that says there is no future in manufacturing, to one where NZ doing manufacturing better is the future.