DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing



FINNCO CONTROLS was originally founded in 1987 in the Bay of Plenty and was started as a pneumatics supply company. In 2002 the company establishe­d a machine shop and started to manufactur­e cylinders for its customers and distributo­rs as well as repairs to all makes of pneumatic valves and cylinders. In 2004 it was purchased by Jason Light and became Finnco Pneumatics. In 2009 Finnco Pneumatics management identified a need in the market for a customer focused compressor service company that would offer exceptiona­l services across all makes and models of compressor­s at a competitiv­e rate; Finnco Compressor­s was started. In order to offer customers the complete reliable package of a true customer-focused compressor service company, the company needed to find a compressor supplier that had similar goals, values and focuses as its own and in 2010 Finnco Compressor­s was proud to be appointed the Sole New Zealand agent for ELGi Compressor­s. Introducin­g a new brand into an already busy market had its challenges but Light says with a forward-thinking company like ELGi his customers saw the benefits and were able to offer excellent feedback and references. ELGi has now grown to become one of New Zealand’s premium compressor brands, says Light. Since the sale of the first ELGi machine by Finnco the brand has flourished and hundreds of units have been sold country wide leading to the purchase in 2016 of Westec Automation in Auckland to look after the growing Auckland customer base and service that market. Light attributes a big part of the success of ELGi in New Zealand to the highly skilled and dedicated sales and service team at Finnco. With the experience, knowledge, passion, can- do attitude and high standard of workmanshi­p of the entire team, the company continues to have huge growth. Finnco Compressor­s sells the entire range of oil flooded ELGi compressor­s from the ‘ever- reliable’ piston compressor­s, to the introducto­ry level Encap screw compressor­s, to the Premium Global series range. ELGi machines have been installed in all types of industries from schools, food processing and general workshops to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest sawmill, the Red Stag Timber ‘super- mill’ that processes over one million tonnes of logs per year. And with the introducti­on of the new Oil Free screw compressor­s the company is looking forward to getting into markets that have otherwise not been possible, says Light. In 2019 Compressed Air Controls joined the ELGi NZ group and now allows the company to cover the entire North Island. Finnco is also working on future plans to set up branches in the South Island. ELGi continues to invest strongly in resources and innovation to develop the best possible product on the market while maintainin­g a strong customer focus and keeping the price competitiv­e. Light says ELGi offers customers an incredible product for every applicatio­n in the market and market leading warranties and full factory backing to Finnco. In 2019 ELGi backed up its policy of reliabilit­y, customer focus and quality with recognitio­n by winning last year’s Deming. The Deming Prize is one of the highest awards in TQM ( Total Quality Management) in the world. Since its establishm­ent in 1951, no other globally establishe­d compressor manufactur­er outside of Japan had won this award.

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