Friday 18th Sep, 2020

Fenner Dunlop to expand Kwinana facility with $23.5M upgrade

Fenner Dunlop has partnered with Siempelkamp for a $23.5 million plant expansion at its manufacturing facility in Kwinana, Western Australia.

Fenner Dunlop has partnered with Siempelkamp for a $23.5 million plant expansion at its manufacturing facility in Kwinana, Western Australia.

The company opened a $70 million facility specifically built to produce steel cord belting, one of the largest investments into conveyor belting manufacturer made in Australia by one company.

In 2013 an additional $20 million was invested to install a second press line to double the plant’s production capacity and increase the Kwinana workforce by 30 per cent.

The third press line will increase the plant’s capacity by a further 50 per cent, and additional investment will support the efficient manufacture of fabric and steel cord conveyor belts for Western Australian customers.

Fenner Dunlop Chief Operating Officer Steve Abbott said while other companies are contracting and moving their manufacturing operations offshore, Fenner Dunlop continues to support the local economy and is proud to be the largest conveyor belt supplier in Australia and the only company to manufacture the complete range of conveyor belts for all mining applications locally.

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“Kwinana is close to its main customers, allowing us to provide a quality product with reduced lead times while keeping the investment in WA. Our customers have the convenience of dealing with a global business, supported by a state-of-the-art conveyor belt manufacturing facility in their backyard and the assurance of technical support that understands the local operational environment,” he said.

“The plant expansion is part of our longer-term strategy, following the plant opening in 2009 and the initial expansion in 2013. While the expansion is a reflection of our success, it allows us to maintain our responsiveness in quoting, production and delivery to meet the constantly changing requirements of our customers.”

The manufacturing plant also incorporates a testing and R&D laboratory to ensure that all work is done to the highest quality and safety standards.

Site work is scheduled to start in March 2021 with the commissioning in December 2021. The new press line will start full production in January 2022.