Enhancing Okuma capabilities in NSW

The Okuma New South Wales branch has made some changes to further enhance our capabilities, in line with the Okuma Monozukuri philosophy - "the art of making things better".

To improve our customers’ experience we have added new resources, modified some positions and even further renovated the NSW branch office.


Front row: Steve Norbis, Alan Forbes, Paul Baker, Dirk Vooren, Prasad Katkar
Back row: Peter Cassar, Wayne Norman, Mitchell Norbis
Absent: Ian Shaw

New South Wales Branch Team

Leading the team of thirteen in New South Wales and Queensland branches is Steve Norbis, Northern Regional Manager - NSW & QLD.

Steve is passionate about Engineering and Okuma.  His drive and enthusiasm for manufacturing in Australia filters through the entire New South Wales and Queensland teams.

“I’ve witnessed the evolution in manufacturing over many years and this inspires me and my team each and everyday,” said Steve Norbis, Northern Regional Manager NSW & QLD.

The NSW Sales team is very experienced in the manufacturing industry with Steve Norbis, Ian Shaw and Wayne Norman, each with 30+ years in the industry.

Ian Shaw is very well known to many Okuma customers and with the addition of Wayne Norman joining the team we have a very accomplished Sales group to ensure our customers continue to get the right advice for each and every machining application.

Whilst our Service and Applications Team in NSW is also a very strong and experienced group we have made some refinements to further support our customers and streamline our internal processes.

  • Alan Forbes has taken on the role of Service Team Leader – NSW
  • Karl Corry remains National Technology Manager (based in Melbourne) supporting all the Applications engineers and new technology from Okuma
  • Paul Baker is now a Senior Applications Engineer – NSW
  • Prasad Katkar continues as a Mechanical Service Engineer but will also provide further technical support and assistance to all NSW Okuma service engineers as well as those Nationally.
  • Peter Cassar will continue in his role as Mechanical Service Engineer
  • Dirk Vooren will continue in his role as Electrical Service Engineer
  • Mitchell Norbis will continue his Apprenticeship with Okuma

We trust these refinements will benefit our customers in both improved response times and technical advice.

New South Wales Branch Office

In addition to the above personnel changes, our NSW branch has undergone a refurbishment with the office being painted both inside and out in Okuma Corporate colours, new carpets and furniture.


New South Wales Workshop

The NSW Mechanical Repairs Workshop is also now fully functional and led by Alan Forbes, an experienced Service Engineer with over 20 years in the industry. 

The addition of this workshop is streamlining repairs, refurbishments and service activities in the Australian market.

“This additional workshop primarily services our New South Wales, Queensland and Northern regional customers, with our expertise supporting specific needs on a National basis.  It also ensures quicker turnaround time for repairs and further reduces downtime for our Okuma customers,” commented Alan.

We have also commenced building a semi-clean/spindle repair room and updating our Okuma machine showroom which will further support our customers in NSW.

As a business we are continually working on the Monozukuri philosophy in order to retain our premier market position, support our customers and our employees.

Steve commented, “I’m excited for the future of Australian manufacturing because our customers are inventive, pro-active and resilient and I see this all the time in the workshops I visit.  The buoyancy in the economy is certainly reflected in our on-going engagement with our customers.”