According to Fred, Australia has a great market for high-tech manufacturing products.
“The biggest thing is building a product to suit customer needs - we custom-build machinery for our customers,” he explains. “We have patents on several of our products. If you can keep your design simple and easy, generally it's very successful.”
Given the focus on horticulture in Mildura, Spagnolo Engineering specialises in manufacturing products such as vine cane and orchard sweepers, orchard cutter bars, mechanical pruning machines for wine grapes and green trimmers which are sent to Queensland’s lime farmers.
For Fred, who currently runs a team of seven staff including his wife and son, finding high quality workers is the biggest challenge right now.
Bu he adds “being a family-owned business, you can control the product that you manufacture to a higher standard”.
One of the things I have learnt spending time with customers like Fred is the amazing impact of technology. Of course, we say that in every field of life but it is so apparent in Fred’s work. We’re increasingly seeing great Australian companies like Spagnolo Engineering manufacturing equipment not just for the Australian market but for global consumption.
There's a great future for that and it's something we want to facilitate and help grow.
Shayne Elliott is CEO of ANZ