FLSmidth has announced plants to double the size of its Perth engineering workshop and warehouses.
The expansion of the site, scheduled for completion mid-next year, will double the facility from 5000 square meters to 10 000 square meters.
According to the company it "is aimed at bringing further value to FLSmidth’s Australian customers by increasing coordination and integration of the company’s products and services and minimising lead times through added capacity in its workshop and warehouse".
FLSmidth vice president Mark Clifford explained that “the expansion will allow us to better support our installed equipment base and keep it operational allowing our customers to get the maximum productivity out of the machines through technical competency, rebuilds or upgrades".
“When other suppliers are retracting their footprints in Australia we’re increasing our footprint to provide better service to our customers.”
This newly planned Perth 'super centre' is one of the company's six large service centre operating globally, providing warehousing and spare parts, as well as rebuild and repair capacities.
Certified to ISO 9001 it is an integrated office, workshop, laboratory, training and warehouse facility delivering a complete package of equipment, services and support to customers under a single roof.
The facility comprises an office building, workshop and warehouse that brings together product specialists, system designers, project managers and support staff.
It has an advanced stock management system, enabling quicker supply and specialised rebuild and repair capabilities to increase customers’ plant up time.
The workshop includes four cranes with large lift capacity, spray booth, fabrication and machining areas, dedicated test facilities and wash-down bay.
The company stated that one of the key features of this new supercentre is its "Intelligent Collaboration Environment (ICE) – which provides advanced, web-based monitoring, consulting and trouble-shooting capabilities.
In addition to maintaining equipment, the site will also host education and training on FLSmidth technology.
“The machines and services that we provide can be quite complex and so the ability to help people operate them safely and properly – the tips and tricks that go along with operating our equipment optimally – helps them to then accomplish some of the goals and challenges in the current market,” Clifford stated.