After selling and servicing DEUTZ engines on Auckland’s North Shore since 2002, Shaw Diesels is set to expand as the second generation makes its mark.
Dave Shaw started the business in 1988 with his wife Jenny in their garage. Now in a modern workshop, Shaw Diesels is known for quality diesel engine sales, service, parts, repairs and rebuilds.
Dave and Jenny’s son Peter joined them 10 years ago, ushering in a second generation. Peter grew up learning about engines from his father. He quickly matured as a worker and in the past six months sold more engines than Dave.
The Shaw Diesels team includes some of New Zealand’s most sought-after and technically competent diesel and marine engineering specialists, serving local and international clients.
As trusted trouble-shooters they build, supply and repair marine and industrial diesel engines, diesel generators (gensets), water pumps, and diesel parts. The team, which has five engineering staff, can rebuild, maintain or repair any DEUTZ engine model with no job too big.
Two staff members recently visited a remote Pacific island to work on two DEUTZ F3L912 engines that measure radiation. “Everything had to be shipped over … as there was nothing on the island,” Dave says.
Dave also maintains DEUTZ engines at one of New Zealand’s largest hospitals, a sewage treatment plant and a goldmine. DEUTZ asked Dave to be a key dealer due to his impeccable reputation. He now supplies DEUTZ parts globally, using his unparalleled knowledge.
Dave says DEUTZ engines are versatile, compact, reliable and robust. “They are excellent on fuel consumption and most customers are looking for good quality and affordability,” he says.
“We have had an enjoyable experience working as a dealer for DEUTZ and have a good rapport with the team from Australia who are all knowledgeable and helpful – from the technical, sales, spare parts and office staff to warehouse distribution.”
Shaw Diesels is sure to remain strong for years to come. Having quickly learned diesel and management skills, Peter is now a shareholder and director and the plan is for him to one day run the business. Dave is very proud of him.
Peter is also a qualified marine diagnostic engineer and qualified in Singapore and Germany as a DEUTZ diesel engineer in 4-8 litre engines, TCD 4.1/6.1/7.8 Tier 4 I and ETA systems with Serdia T4I.
Peter and Dave hope to expand Shaw Diesels in the next 5-10 years by incorporating the younger generation and branching into all DEUTZ engines. “If I can become as internationally recognised and grow the business as well as my old man, I’ll be happy,” Peter says.