Fenner PLC has announced its plan to investment in growing its capability and capacity to produce steel reinforced conveyor belt.
Fenner PLC, through its Australian division Fenner Dunlop Australia, is investing $70 million building a new “greenfield” manufacturing plant for steel cord conveyor belts at Kwinana, south of Perth.
This facility will be the first new conveyor belt plant built in Australia in over 60 years.
Construction on the 4.6 ha site begun in April 2008, with production expected to commence in the second quarter of 2009.
According to the Australian and American executive director David Landgren, Australia is the ideal location for such an upgrade due to its proximity to the growth markets of China, India and Africa.
“The growing global and local market for steel cord has been a major driver for this investment. Additionally it is expected that due to the expertise required to make such an important belt for our customers, these kinds of belts must be made using a highly skilled and qualified team, just like those in Australia,” he said.
“Like our customers, we demand efficiency and maximum output from our equipment. This is critical to delivering consistent and reliable quality.”
“This investment will include the most modern technical testing facility in the Southern Hemisphere. In making this significant commitment we are responding to our customers’ demands, and believe it will be a great advantage for our West Australian customers to have the most modern steel cord plant in the world and our value added service technicians not only in their time zone, but on their door step,” Landgren said.
The plant will produce steel cord belt and rubber ply belt up to 3200 mm wide and up to 50 mm thickness.
The plant will have an initial annual production capacity of 330,000 m2, equating to about 103 km of 3200 mm belt.
The steel cord line will come from Siempelkamp and will have the world’s largest press, with dimensions of 3420 mm and a press length of 18.5 m.
The new Australian plant will become Fenner Dunlop’s fifteenth global conveyor belt manufacturing facility, and its fourth steel cord plant.
National Commercial and Marketing Manager
Fenner Dunlop Australia
03 9680 4500