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Telford Smith Engineering: A Century Of Excellence In Machinery Manufacturing

Telford Smith Engineering: A Century Of Excellence In Machinery Manufacturing

Telford Smith Engineering: A Century Of Excellence In Machinery Manufacturing

Establishment and Ownership Through the Years

Telford Smith Engineering Australia commenced its journey in 1923 under the visionary leadership of Cecil Telford-Smith. In 1927, the business was officially established and remained within a single family for over six decades. Ownership transitions saw a brief period under APV U.K for two years and then a stint with a small private group for an additional eight years. Since the year 2000, the Picone family has been the proud custodian of this legacy, bringing with them a wealth of experience from the plastics industry.

Expansion into China and Global Operations

Recognising the changing dynamics of the manufacturing landscape, Telford Smith Engineering ventured into China in 2005, establishing a wholly owned business in Ningbo. This strategic move complemented the existing Chinese Trading business and has since evolved into a robust manufacturing hub with 24 full-time staff, including six qualified engineers. The Chinese operation not only provides cost-effective manufacturing solutions but also serves as a gateway to offer Telford Smith's cutting-edge equipment and services to customers both in China and around the world.

Focus on Specialised Applications and Recent Projects

Telford Smith Engineering has continually focused on meeting the evolving needs of the plastics industry. The company's expertise extends to specialised extrusion applications, wash plants for plastic waste, and size reduction equipment for plastic, rubber (tyres), timber waste, among other areas. Current projects include the development of high-tech extruders, including co-rotating twin screw extruders, and expanding its washing plant production capacity to cover everything from basic washing plants to turn-key bottle-to-bottle washing lines.

Expert Design Team and Global Collaboration

The company boasts an experienced design team based in Australia, complemented by the support of Chinese engineering staff. Telford Smith Engineering emphasizes collaboration between its Australian and Chinese teams to ensure the highest standards of design and innovation. While many components are manufactured in-house, Telford Smith also sources critical items from European suppliers to maintain the quality and reliability of its machinery.

Quality Control and Manufacturing Excellence in China

In 2005, Telford Smith Engineering established Telford Smith Machinery & Engineering (TSME) as a wholly-owned subsidiary in China. Operating under a Chinese manufacturing license and a registered trading license, TSME occupies a government-owned manufacturing site in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province. Recognising the key to successful manufacturing in China as quality control, the company emphasizes its ability to oversee and manage all aspects of the business. This involves Michael Picone overseeing the TSME business in China, while Steve Picone, the founder dedicates a significant portion yearly on-site to ensure meticulous oversight. In the future, Telford Smith Engineering intends to strategically assign engineers from both local and Chinese teams to each location, fostering learning, collaboration, and a dynamic exchange of ideas between the two teams.

Electrical Engineering Expertise and Global Integration

Telford Smith Engineering places a strong emphasis on electrical engineering, boasting a high skill level in designing electrical circuitry and PLC programming. This expertise is not confined to Australia but is seamlessly integrated into projects globally, with Chinese engineers actively participating in both domestic and overseas commissioning projects. The company's commitment to quality and innovation extends beyond borders, with a well-coordinated team of engineers, both in Australia and China, working cohesively to deliver cutting-edge solutions.

Looking Ahead: A Vision for the Next Century

As Telford Smith Engineering celebrates its centenary, the company looks toward the future with a commitment to progress for the next 100 years and beyond. This includes staying at the forefront of technology, maintaining integrity with customers, and preserving traditional "Old Fashioned Values" of service and quality. Telford Smith Engineering stands poised to continue its legacy of excellence in machinery manufacturing, contributing to the advancement of the plastics industry globally.

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Partners, Suppliers, and Valued Customers

As Telford Smith Engineering celebrates a century of innovation, we extend our deepest appreciation to our partners, suppliers, and valued customers. Your unwavering support has been the bedrock of our success. To our partners, thank you for your collaboration and shared vision. To our reliable suppliers, your commitment to quality is the backbone of our manufacturing prowess. And to our cherished customers, your trust fuels our drive for excellence. Here's to the next century of continued collaboration, shared success, and innovation together. Thank you for being an integral part of our extraordinary journey. 

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