New Samco Website Highlights All of the Company’s Capabilities

Samco Machinery, a manufacturer of custom roll-forming and material handling equipment, has launched a new website to fully showcase the company’s capabilities.

“Our website had run its course,” said Steve Kagan, Marketing Specialist at Samco Machinery. “So, we’ve created a dynamic and professional user-friendly website that loads quicker and is easy to navigate with fewer drop-down menus. We’ve also upgraded the responsiveness of the site to be easier to use on a wide range of devices.”

Kagan noted the new Samco Machinery website places more emphasis on videos and imagery showcasing the company’s capabilities and the industries in which they serve. 

The site will be updated on a regular basis with company news, product activity, upcoming events, and latest articles. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the company. 

For more information, please visit the new Samco Machinery website.

Samco Machinery Announces New Project Manager and Sales Specialist

Samco Machinery hires Gary Sanford as Project Manager in the Project Management Office.

Samco Machinery hires Gary Sanford as Project Manager in the Project Management Office.

Samco Machinery announces the hiring of Gary Sanford as Project Manager in the Project Management Office and Angel Carpio as an Inside Sales Specialist as part of the Business Development Team. Sanford previously worked for Samco and has training and experience in lean manufacturing, production, operations, team management, project management and customer relationship management. Carpio brings to Samco Machinery a background in inside sales and project management with a technical background in engineering. Fluent in Spanish, he will also be the team’s additional resource for current and future opportunities in Latin America.

Angel Carpio joins Samco Machinery as an Inside Sales Specialist.

Angel Carpio joins Samco Machinery as an Inside Sales Specialist.

Samco Machinery provides customers designs and solutions to satisfy any metal roll forming project need. Maintaining ISO 9001 certification, Samco manufactures roll forming machines, uncoilers, roll tooling, presses, and material handling solutions servicing a multitude of customers worldwide in varied industries.

Rollforming Line Performs at Variable Speeds up to 60 Feet per Minute

Samco Machinery introduces the Hands-Free Multi-Product Roll Forming Line, a high-performance line engineered for the specific needs of customers producing multiple profiles.

Samco Machinery introduces the Hands-Free Multi-Product Roll Forming Line, a high-performance line engineered for the specific needs of customers producing multiple profiles.

Samco Machinery introduces the Hands-Free Multi-Product Roll Forming Line, a high-performance line engineered for the specific needs of customers producing multiple profiles.

Samco Machinery’s latest innovative rollforming line is designed to produce products for “Just-in-Time” production. This machine has the ability to perform at variable speeds up to 60 feet per minute, depending on the punching pattern and part lengths. Very much a “hands-free” machine, the entire process is automated from the moment coil leaves the uncoiler until finished product exits the cut-off.

Features include:

  • 10K double-ended uncoiler with hydraulic mandrel expansion.
  • Universal Bottom Driven Roll Former with side-by-side tooling for “Just-in-Time” production.
  • Auto Pre-Punch/Notch Press Selection System with guiding system and AMS controller as required by “Just-in-Time” production.
  • Closed Loop Length Control Systems to maintain sufficient coil stock in the line.
  • Stop-and-Go Cut-Off Hydraulic Press mounted on the roll former base includes three sets of cut-off dies with auto-die change system.
  • Sweep unit with adjustable sweep with roller straightener dedicated for specific profile(s).
  • Just 2 feet of prevailing scrap on leading and trailing ends of coil.

App Allows Access to Photos, Videos and Detailed Technical Information

Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information.

Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information.

Customers are searching for information in new ways and Samco Machinery is doing even more to put that information right at their fingertips.

Earlier this year, Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information. That application is now available to Android users. Once the Samco App is downloaded, it can be accessed at any time, without the need for online access.

The Samco Machinery App, available for free in the Apple Store and now in the Google Play Store, contains five sections to provide any data the potential customer may need.

  • About Samco Machinery: contains company information, a product gallery and the corporate video.
  • Markets: contains spec sheets and machine videos relating to the various industries served by Samco.
  • RFQ: allows customers to submit a request for information.
  • Support: features a link to the company website as well as the names, titles and email addresses of support staff.
  • News: hosts the latest company news, media coverage, as well as providing up to date trade show information.

Access Rollforming Information, Pictures, Videos and More through App

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company rollforming information, pictures, videos and technical information.

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company rollforming information, pictures, videos and technical information.

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company information, pictures, videos and technical information. Once the Samco App is downloaded, it can be accessed at any time, without the need for online access. The app, currently available in the iTunes store, contains five sections—About Samco Machinery, Markets, RFQ, Support, News—to provide any data a potential customer may need.

Samco Machinery Finds Rollforming and Metal Processing Representation in Australia

Samco Machinery, a global manufacturer of rollforming and metal processing solutions, has joined forces with Australian-based global company Metal Form Group, to provide representation for Samco in Australia and surrounding areas.

“For 42 years, Samco has managed growth internationally and strategically with our increasing customer base and diverse product line-up,” said Bob Repovs, Samco President and CEO. “Representation throughout the Australian market by Metal Form Group enables our existing customers and new prospects the convenience of local sales and service support.”

Metal Form Group (originally known as BMH Australia Pty Ltd) commenced operations in 1969 with drafting as its predominant business. In the 1980’s, the company expanded operations and a second company (Balmic International Pty Ltd) was born. That move saw increased focus in selling and servicing products used in supporting the metal stamping industry and in 2006 the business plan shifted from a local-based business to become a global company known as the Metal Form Group. The company has overseen steady growth progressing through various different sites in outer eastern Melbourne and now calls home a 10,000 square meter site located in Knoxfield, Victoria.

“Expertise in rollforming and metal forming processes in general comes from many years of experience and technical knowledge,” said Lindsay Izzard, Metal Form Group General Manager. “To join forces with a well-established, reputable company such as Samco brings exciting opportunities to the Australian roll forming market. As a team Samco and MFG have a vast knowledge of industry requirements and look forward to being able to offer the best quality and service to our customers.”

Like Samco, Metal Form Group is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and with both companies leveraging each other’s strengths, the prospect of offering Australian based customers “the total metal forming solution” is an exciting one.

“The Metal Form Group provides the channel to promote and deliver innovative technology and rollforming solutions to companies new to Samco within the Australian market. Having a great product is one thing; how to ensure a successful project and on-going partnership with a company on the other side of the world is another. This relationship bridges that concern,” said Repovs.

Samco Machinery Expands into India

About 10 years ago, Samco Machinery Ltd. discovered a way to improve its business and grow its business through globalization, all while helping customers. CEO Bob Repovs recently presented the Samco story to students at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University as well as the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, both in Ottawa, Ontario.

It’s a story that may serve as a blueprint for a manufacturing or service business in any number of industries. Somewhere, someone needs and wants your products or services. At the risk of oversimplifying, the key is knowing what you do well and, of course, finding someone willing to pay you for that product or service.

Samco Machinery is a manufacturer of rollforming equipment for a variety of industries, including building and construction, storage, automotive and HVAC. Founded in 1972 in Toronto by Joe Repovs (Bob’s father), for years Samco did much of its business in the United States. After reading Thomas Friedman’s bestselling book on globalization, The World is Flat, the Repovs family investigated doing business in India, one of the countries Friedman sited as a country open to North American businesses in his new book.

“We picked India for three reasons,” explains Bob Repovs. “They have a British system of law, so we would have an understanding of how to protect ourselves and our business. They speak English in India and, obviously, communication is very important to making any partnership work. Finally, we had some employees who were born in India and they became a big part of the development process.”

Meetings with potential customers led Samco to an eventual partnership with Tata, a large conglomerate with interests in multiple industries, including an expanding venture in the automotive market. Tata was searching for a way to produce the world’s least expensive car, the Nano. Part of the solution would end up being rollforming equipment from Samco Machinery to produce various parts of the car’s undercarriage.

The equipment was constructed by Samco at its Canadian headquarters at the insistence of Tata because of the quality of Samco’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Samco eventually opened a facility in New Delhi to serve the growing market in India. The country’s infrastructure is growing rapidly and Samco has already supplied roll formers for many products being manufactured in India. Shelving and racking, steel stud and framing, purlins, and automotive are among the growing industries. Samco currently operates the 20,000 square foot plant in India with 60 employees. This corporate growth has not led to any reduction in employees at the Canadian plant. Samco now competes for business in Asia and the Middle East and brings a strong manufacturing reputation.

It may sound simple, but Repovs said the company experienced several growing pains along the way. “Operating in a foreign country has its challenges no doubt, but our experience and knowledge gained in India has helped us export to 32 other countries,” he says.

With a new plant in India, Samco also has been able to hold the price on a number of products in large volumes over time by supplying product to Canada at reduced cost by saving money on labor. Standard mechanical items are manufactured in India and then shipped to Canada where hydraulic and electrical work, integration, and final testing is done.

“The Vision of the Company’s founder to target India over 10 years ago has been an ingredient to our success through tough times and markets,” Repovs says. “The venture has opened doors and created opportunities globally, which otherwise would not have been possible. However, execution of the plan remains everything.”

Samco Machinery Aligns with Bulgarian Firm for Efficiency

Recognizing the business synergies both companies share, Samco Machinery Ltd., Toronto, has formed an alliance with VAPTECH, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together, these companies have plans to foster a culture of advanced technological exchange and quicker product development to each other’s geographic areas.

VAPTECH is a worldwide supplier of system solutions for the metal-forming industry specifically designing and manufacturing mechanical and hydraulic presses, biomass processing equipment and complete manufacturing lines with automation. For more 40 years, Samco Machinery has provided its global customers across varied industries cost-effective rollforming equipment and metal-processing solutions, including uncoilers, roll formers, material handling solutions and presses.

“Our history with VAPTECH goes beyond 10 years, integrating their quality press systems. We also realize there is hidden and untapped roll forming technology available for the European and surrounding markets and we also wanted to offer our customers more value and opportunity concerning their press solution applications,” says Bob Repovs, president & CEO of Samco. “Aligning with VAPTECH allows us to do this effectively.”

“The aim of this strategic alliance is to unite VAPTECH and Samco Machinery’s more than 140 years combined history of industrial and engineering excellence to the benefit of their esteemed clientele worldwide,” adds Vasil Vlaychev, general manager of VAPTECH. Vlaychev also acknowledged Samco’s strong background in engineered solutions for metal rollforming could be utilized to provide solutions for VAPTECH¹S own global customer base.