Mining and Heavy Industries

BHP to build 140 new iron ore cars in Perth

BHP has committed to the construction of more than 140 iron ore cars over the next four years at UGL’s Bassendean facility in Perth.

The initiative to assemble, weld, and commission the ore cars will help to develop Western Australia’s capability for establishing an iron ore car industry.

The news follows an independent report commissioned by the WA Government which found a strong case for establishing an iron ore railcar component part manufacturing industry.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the state government is committed to boosting local manufacturing, local content, and local jobs.

“The key findings of the full feasibility study show that we have the capability and expertise right here in WA to manufacture iron ore railcar wagons and components,” he said.

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“Making wagons locally is not only a job creator, it’s about supporting our WA businesses and ensures we continue to keep a long-term pipeline of work. It will also reduce our reliance on overseas suppliers and lower risks associated with global supply chains.”

The WA Government has also established a $15 million Local Manufacturing Investment Fund to help existing businesses build iron ore wagons locally, as part of the WA Jobs plan.

State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook said the WA Government is working closely with the mining industry and suppliers to create local manufacturing capability for iron ore railcar wagons at sites across the state.

“This new industry will create local jobs and establish manufacturing capability that diversifies our economy,” he said.

“We have moved a step closer in our long-term plan to bring an important element of the resources supply chain onto WA soil for the benefit of mining companies and successive generations of Western Australians.”

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