Last month, ACRA took part in Austech 2019 – Australia’s Premier Advanced Manufacturing Machine Tool Exhibition. This is Australia’s only fair that specifically targets the metalworking, machine tool and ancillary market. It’s a great way to showcase new products and connect with other like-minded individuals and industry fellows. ACRA was there representing some fantastic brands and had some incredible sheet metal machinery on show – which we will be having a look at in today’s blog.

Austech itself is presented by AMTIL (Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited). AMTIL is the highest body in Australia that represents manufacturing technology suppliers’ best interests – as well as users within the advanced manufacturing and precision engineering sector. They were established in 1999 and act as a national hub for all associated industries. 


Jorns is a Swiss-based sheet metal machinery company that has been in operation for 46 years and manufacture 120 machines per year. 40% of the manufactured machines are double bending machines, but that number is expected to grow to 50% soon. On display at Austech this year, was the Jorns JDB Double Bending Slitter Folder. This incredible machine can bend multiple pieces of parallel, tapered or overlapped profiles into complex shapes simultaneously, giving it an edge over some other slitter folder products. 

What is great about Jorns, is the fact they’re only a small team of 70, giving the brand a unique and boutique touch. They currently have over 5,500 machines in operation and are able to manufacture machines built to custom specifications – some of which have been up to 16m in length in the past. We have been proudly partnered with Jorns for 13 years. You can watch a video of the slitter folder in action here


Established in 1956, Durma supplies to over 120 countries across the world. They have a large manufacturing space based in Turkey with over 150,000 square metres. We showcased and sold two Durma press brake’s at Austech this year and have a fantastic selection of other Durma products available on our website. Durma have been partners with us for 25 years, making them our longest partnership. Some of the other types of products that Durma manufacture are:

  • Lasers;
  • Guillotines;
  • Punch presses;
  • Plate Roles;
  • Plasmas;
  • Profile Rolls;
  • Iron Workers; and
  • Notchers.


This company manufactures and assembles their products in the UK – as it is a UK based brand. Their clientele spans a cosy eight countries but their expertise spans over 40 years. They have been partnered with us for three years and have over 3,500 products in stock and ready to ship with 300,000 shipped orders already under their belt. For this brand we decided to go with one of their ProCut plasma cutters – the 1050 CNC with Hypertherm Powermax 85A. 

This plasma cutter is 3m x 1.5m and integrates the latest technology and manufacturing processes to bring you a high-end machining tool. You can see the machine in action in this demo video. Some of the products other features include:

  • A breakaway head;
  • Water bed extraction;
  • Digital height sense control;
  • Arc voltage control;
  • Precision linear rail; and
  • Laser positioning.


Fintek specialise in folders and pan brakes and have been in operation for 36 years. This Taiwan based brand supply machines to 40 countries worldwide and offer more than 80 different types of models – some of their folders are even capable of folding metal up to 4000mm long and 6.5mm thick. 

We showcased a hydraulic pan brake from their VH series – in which you can watch the operational video for here. This pan brake comes with a three-function foot pedal to control the clamping, bending and then unclamping of the sheet metal. It is worth mentioning that our partnership with Fintek is our newest. 


The final product we brought with us to Austech 2019 was the 300KDG Semi-Automatic Mitre Bandsaw from the Turkish company Karmetal. The brand was founded in 1975, but they actually supplied parts for automotive factories and the Turkish military in the 80s. They currently export their sheet metal machinery to over 40 countries around the world and over 50 different models of band saws. We have been partnered with Karmetal for three years and you can view our full range of their products here.

Are you looking for sheet metal machinery?

Whether you caught us at Austech 2019 or not, you can still get a hold of our fantastic range of sheet metal machinery here at ACRA Machinery. On top of our new and used range of sheet metal machinery, we also offer repair and maintenance services.

If you would like to get in touch with us, then please give us a call on 03 9794 6675 or fill out the form on our website.