This week the "Manufactured in Australia"
project made one of the most important decisions for its future. On
Monday we have commissioned the delivery and installation of a KERN
MicroHD – which is the latest generation of 5-axis milling machines by
German manufacturer KERN, the world leader in micro machining.
For the last six months, our precision machines and fully equipped
watchmaking workshop have been getting a lot of attention from the
broader manufacturing sector. Australians do some amazing manufacturing
work, and some of the companies and institutions that do this work have
been searching for reliable and capable manufacturing partners. Medical
devices, space-borne devices, tools for precision assembly, satellite
parts and parts for other watchmakers have all recently passed through
When we started the project of manufacturing watches in Australia from
the ground up, we fully expected that our capabilities would get this
attention, but the scale and growth of that interest surprised us. So
much so, that we were actually very quickly swamped with work. This had
some fairly large implications - Our own watchmaking production became
stop-start, the momentum we would gain in making a few parts was lost
when large customer projects came in, it also meant that our production
schedule also filled up really quickly. Currently the next 8 weeks are
completely booked out with work for our clients. What a nice problem to
Our first mill, a Kern Pyramid Nano, which is capable of operating at
sub-micron levels, is running to its maximum capacity leaving us no
choice but to expand. The Kern MicroHD is Kern's newest machine, with
their most advanced technology - it is more accurate, precise, stable,
reliable, dynamic and productive than our current machine, possibly even
by one order of magnitude. When we imported our previous machine, it
was arguably the most accurate machine in Australia. The HD is not only
the most accurate machine in Australia, but is also the first machine of
its type in all of Asia.
This is absolutely massive news for Australia. Not once in the history
of this country have we had the capability to manufacture parts with a
machine of this precision. Machines like this are not sold to small
businesses, only to large companies (Rolex, IWC etc.) that use them
solely for internal use. However our plan is to make this machine
available to parallel precision industries, which demand a high level of
accuracy. For the first time, this capability has been made available
to the Australian Engineering industry, on Australian soil.
Our MicroHD is now being built in Germany - the build process takes 7
months - and it is expected to be delivered by the end of this year.
Final installation and calibration is scheduled for March 2022.