Lödige Industries, MecFab Enterprises partner to expand operations in Australia

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Lödige Industries, a provider for material handling systems based in Germany, has joined forces with MecFab Enterprises. With branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, MecFab is specialised in plant manufacturing and maintenance at airports. With the acquisition, Lödige Industries is significantly expanding its offering in Australia.

MecFab offers a wide range of services on airports, especially in the air cargo sector. With a high degree of focus on carrying out specialist maintenance of freight handling equipment, repairing and maintaining non-motorized GSE (Rolling Stock) and fabrication of various equipment for airport operations, such as access stairs and platforms. 

Iit has carried out numerous major upgrades to TV’s, ETV’s and Hoists for clients such as Qantas Airways, dnata Air Services and Menzies Aviation. The company has recently completed an upgrade to the dnata Sydney Cargo Facility ETV and is currently carrying out major upgrade works to the Qantas Sydney Container Park Facility. 

MecFab and Lödige have a history of cooperation and have already worked alongside each other for several years. For example, in 2018, they worked together on a cargo terminal of airport services provider dnata in Brisbane, where MecFab delivered the truck dock for the project. Currently, both companies are collaborating on an automated parking system in Sydney for a luxury residential building called The Lennox Parramatta. The parking system with six levels, offers space for 330 vehicles. MecFab Enterprise is installing the various lift and turntable systems to transport vehicles inside the system. 

Mark Cutts and Michael Dolso, founders of MecFab Enterprises, elaborate on joining forces with Lödige Industries. “Very early on we realised the shared vision between our two companies to be best-in-class while delivering to our clients’ specific needs. Both companies have reputations for excellence in our fields and joining forces will increase our ability to support Australia’s air freight and express courier markets. Now that the Lödige/MecFab alliance is secured, we will be able to exponentially expand our services, bringing cutting edge engineering and material handling technology exclusively to our customers." 

Cutts and Dolso will both retain their positions as directors at MecFab Enterprises and look forward to the joint future.

Philippe De Backer, CEO of Lödige Industries, sees the acquisition as the pinnacle of a highly successful partnership. He says, “Over the last few years we have increased our activities in the Australian market and recognised a significant area of opportunity in both air freight and express handling systems as well as automated parking. MecFab is the ideal partner to support us in realising these opportunities.”

Nicholas Tripptree, managing director of the Lödige Industries subsidiary in Asia Pacific, explains why this in particular is very important for the company: He says, "The quality of their work is excellent, matching our own high quality standards. All MecFab locations in Australia include fully equipped workshops and are able to carry out a wide range of projects from major overhauls to simple repairs. Integrating MecFab into the Lödige Industries organisation offers a multitude of possibilities and will bring tremendous value to our clients in Australia."

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