Fusetec is a relative newcomer to 3D advanced manufacturing but was fortunate to start with 2 founders having collectively 60 odd years printing industry experience. The business some say is an attempt to bring the sexy back to printing, we see it as an extension of the craft that once was.
Mark Roe Director
Starting his career many moons ago Mark completed his apprenticeship with honours, progressing quickly through management ranks before starting a little print company of his own, Five Star Press. This little company of his grew quickly and won hundreds of State, National and International awards for excellence. It was mid-2005 and Mark had guided the business so that it now comfortably supported 80 odd employees and their families, it was time for a new challenge. Mark accepted an attractive offer on the business from an interested party and headed at 32 yrs old into semi-retired on a small island in Fiji to fulfil a more relaxed lifestyle. He soon realized he couldn’t sit still and took an interest in a small inter-island ferry business and consequently turned it into the largest operator in Fiji within 3 years. He reluctantly had to leave that journey behind some 6 years later when his son became seriously ill and needed to return to Australia for medical treatment.
His time as CEO of Five Star, then the shipping business in Fiji and his recent role as CEO of locally owned Graphic Print has provided him with invaluable business experience, all just a dress rehearsal for his latest project Fusetec.
During his time at Graphic Print, he was contacted by a medical professional asking if he could print a 3D skull to help a recent accident victim for pre-surgical analysis, that was the catalyst to create something special that would change the way we train our medical students today and into the future.
John Budgen Director
John started his journey also with honours during his apprenticeship, being sort after by many print companies for his attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship. (NB: Mark will take credit as he was John’s supervisor during the apprenticeship, John will deny any correlation) As it happens, John was Mark’s first employee at Five Star and was a key to the rapid growth and client relationships that the company enjoyed.
Spreading his wings, he was recruited into the eastern states and settled in Melbourne for some years only to get drafted to what was Australia’s largest print group at the time as Sales Manager in NSW. Like Mark, John always had aspirations to own his own business and be responsible for employees and their families, a responsibility he would be very proud of. John pursued an opportunity with a digital print franchise and turned 1 franchise into 8 within 4 years across Vic, NSW and QLD, supporting some 75 staff.
Following some unforeseen family issues and 10 years involved in the digital franchise business he returned to Adelaide to rebuild only to re-ignite the Mark Roe – John Budgen partnership of yesteryear.
John’s digital background and knowledge with a passion for technology compliment Mark’s entrepreneurial gift and business management acumen, combined they are a formidable team with grand plans to make a difference.
Not only to improve medical training and hopefully save lives, but create opportunities to provide to the less fortunate and make a crazy world a better place for all.