Zünd Systemtechnik AG now has its own branch in Australia. Zünd Australia will be based in Melbourne serving existing and new customers from all areas of application in which Zünd is active. Former Starleaton and Canon executive Dale Hawkins is the Managing Director, having many years experience with Zünd technologies.

Zund HQ SwitzZünd headquarters in Altstätten, Switzerland


Zund logoZünd Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Switzerland - based Zünd Systemtechnik AG. The new Zünd branch will be the local contact for existing and prospective customers. Zünd Australia aims to be a trusted partner for all areas of application requiring digitisation of materials cutting and routing, with advanced technologies from Zünd.


The dealer partnership with Canon Australia continues unchanged and the aim is to further strengthen this cooperation.Dale Hawkins heasshot sqDale Hawkins. MD of Zünd Australia Pty Ltd


Zünd Australia is under the leadership of Managing Director Dale Hawkins who says: "Being associated with the Zünd products in Australia for 15 years I am excited to head up Zünd Australia. We are currently in the process of establishing a team of highly experienced technical personnel along with a new headquarters in Melbourne."

Zünd Australia, aims to further consolidate and strengthen its market position in Australia and open new areas of application in the medium term.Zund Oliver ZundOliver Zünd


Oliver Zünd, CEO of Zünd Systemtechnik AG in Switzerland says: "With Zund Australia, we can support our existing and new customers directly and competently. The close cooperation with the new branch allows us to strengthen our market position in Australia. Zünd Australia enables us to continue to offer our Australian customers the best possible care in the long term. The team onsite has a lot of experience with our cutting solutions. This will enable us to further improve advice and customer service."

Contact details for Dale Hawkins are:

Email: dale.hawkins@zund.com 

Phone: +61 (0)409 024 994


Commentary by Andy McCourt:

"This is a very positive move following the turmoil and uncertainty for Zünd customers in the wake of former dealer Starleaton's administration. Since May 2023, several Zünd customers have placed orders for new or refurbished machines or upgrade parts, placing large deposits or pre-paying the entirety of the amount. These sums, totalling in excess of one million dollars, were paid to Starleaton (now subject to a Deed of Company Agreement following its administration and alleged insolvency), as dealer agent for Zünd in Australia. Unfortunately, none of these customers thus far have received what they paid for. Two contacted Zünd Switzerland directly and paid again to receive urgent upgrade parts. Remedying this unprecedented situation is an on-going process involving all parties concerned and, in some cases, litigation.

The entry of Zünd Systemtechnik AG into Australia with its own subsidiary operation, as it has done recently in Brasil and the UK, can only be seen as a proactive and welcome step, and one which will benefit the industry as a whole.

I wish Zünd , Dale Hawkins and his team and, especially, Zünd  customers every success."

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