In the thick of the action

Talk about being in the thick of the action. Elba Kitchens is now an integral part of the current western Sydney housing explosion – and for that matter strong new housing demand across NSW.

Concentrating solely on fit-outs for project home builders, Elba Kitchens has an impressive client list of Australia’s major home builders with whom they have exclusive contractual supply arrangements. “It’s about pressure to perform and to deliver – on time and on budget – or don’t come Monday. So yes we are pleased with our hard-won reputation” says Elba Kitchens’ George Fabre.
George and Elba Kitchens co owner Nick Chiefari were former work colleagues. “George was my boss and saw the perfect opportunity to set up a business together – he has mellowed a bit since then!” says Nick. They started out in June 2003 in Sydney’s Wetherill Park. “Then we made anything – you name it we made it – it was about getting jobs in and establish ourselves” says George. A somewhat understated pair George and Nick now run one of the most impressive cabinet making and joinery operations in Sydney. Since October 2013 Elba Kitchens has been operating from a purpose-built, high production, technology-savvy factory in Sydney’s west at Eastern Creek. With in excess of 50 staff the company pumps out about 26 projects a week, including kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, wardrobes, entertainment units, home offices and any other cabinet work or joinery required.

So along with meticulous attention to design detail, modern CNC machinery that can deliver fast, precision manufacturing that does not compromise quality is essential.

Nick Chiefari, co-owner

With high product levels and demands from their project home builder clients, Nick says the company places real importance on machining capacity, reliability and quality. “So along with meticulous attention to design detail, modern CNC machinery that can deliver fast, precision manufacturing that does not compromise quality is essential.” “There’s no argument – CNC routers together with edgebanding flexibility and quality are not negotiable” he says.
George says the company has enjoyed an increasingly strong relationship with Biesse over the past four years and now has a core of Biesse machinery at the centre of their production line. This includes a Rover A FT – the latest in nesting technology, with an extremely flexible work table and innovative loading and unloading systems that makes the router a very reliable, high through-put and competitive machine.
Coupled with the Rover A FT, Elba Kitchens runs a high versatility Akron 440 edgebander. With its heavy duty construction and robust operating the Akron edgebander does the bulk of the company’s routine edgebanding, delivering a high quality finish with great reliability under a wide range of working situations. Another critical part of Elba Kitchen’s Biesse production ‘cell’ is the new edgebander with AirForce edgebanding technology. The revolutionary AirForce System allows access to invisible glue line quality joins creating the perfect fusion that is resistant to heat and humidity.

According to Biesse’s chief executive officer for Oceania Luke Tenaglia the AirForce System emits forceful, very hot compressed air through a slot nozzle directly onto the reactive layer of commonly available laser banding. This activates that layer and bonds the banding to the substrate resulting in an excellent quality joint that is resistant to water and humidity. George says their edgebander with the AirForce System is used mainly for finishing on cabinet doors where high visibility means quality finishes and appearance are critical. “So here the AirForce seamless joint and quality finish are prerequisites are in a class of their own” he says.
Elba Kitchens demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the evidence suggesting that home purchasing decisions are substantially influenced by kitchen design and functionality. George says they have a particular interest in the changing trends, fads, lifestyle choices and budgets that sit behind modern kitchen design. “We are committed to providing our project home clients with great quality products coupled with the highest standards of workmanship”. He acknowledges that today kitchens are much more than just an area for cooking. “They hold many functions within our day-to-day lives – the local hangout, the home office, dining room and communications centre. The kitchen is the heart of the home and needs to be attractive, practical, durable and easy to maintain” says George.

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