Sandvik announces final redundancies at Heatherbrae site

Sandvik Mining, a global supplier of equipment and tools, has finalised the last nine of its redundancies at its Hunter Valley Site.

Sandvik Mining, a global supplier of equipment and tools, has finalised the last nine of its redundancies at its Hunter Valley Site.

The nine positions are in warehousing at the eight-month-old Heatherbrae site, north of Newcastle.

“These final nine redundancies at Heatherbrae are included in the total of 73 redundancies announced for our Australian operations in late November, and are a direct result of the downturn in the mining industry – in particular the coal market in Australia,” Sandvik’s Frank Ryan, vice president of underground coal operations, said in a statement.

The company also announced that its exploration products research and development unit would be relocated to Melrose Park, Adelaide, with exploration products staff redeployed elsewhere.

“Sandvik Mining is establishing a diamond bit R&D facility in Adelaide, incorporating a pilot plant to maximize speed to the market with new products,” said Ryan.

Last week Sandvik confirmed that 28 workers at Heatherbrae had been made redundant. 19 had taken voluntary redundancies and nine were forced.

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