Industrea will triple its longwall equipment manufacturing capacity by combining its separate manufacturing and servicing operations in a larger premises in the Hunter Valley.
According to the company, this investment in increased capacity played a big part in winning in a $900,000 supply order from Rio Tinto for an underground mine grader.
The machine will be used at Rio Tinto’s Kestrel Coal Mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
The new premises will bring Industrea’s operations closer to the centre of the Hunter Valley, making it more accessible to the region’s growing coal industry and related clients, the company said in a statement.
The manufacturer has also recently acquired Kade Engineering, a Gloucester-based metal fabrication business.
Industrea’s Hunter Valley operation received an order in April for longwall roof support and shearer carriers for underground coal reserves in China.