Equipment & Technology, Mining and Heavy Industries

Mining manufacturer to open factory in Melbourne

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A Chilean manufacturer of mining equipment has selected Cranbourne, a suburb in Melbourne’s south east, for its new manufacturing facility and global headquarters.

Conymet Duratray specialises in the design and manufacturing of mining truck trays, spare parts, steel and rubber components for haulage equipment for the mining industry.

It operates facilities in Australia, Chile, the United States, South Africa and Russia and currently exports to more than 35 countries across five continents.

There are more than 2000 Duratray mining truck trays operating globally, ranging in size from 36 to 360 tonnes for all major truck manufacturers.

Economic Development Minister Tim Pallas said Conymet Duratray is relocating its global HQ to Victoria because of its highly skilled workforce, and its capabilities in advanced manufacturing, innovation, and research and development.

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“Attracting investment from companies such as Conymet Duratray will help us grow high-value jobs and boosts our economy,” Pallas said.

The company intends to draw on Victoria’s skilled workforce to develop new specialties in the areas of mining data analytics, Internet of Things, machine learning as well as advanced composite materials for its product line.

The company has been recognised in the Governor of Victoria Export Awards in 2010 and 2019 and was inducted to the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2015.

“We’re excited to embark on this new innovation journey in Victoria,” Conymet Duratray International Managing Director Marcelo Medel said.

“We’re committed to supporting Victoria to become the mining tech hub of Australia, given its strengths in the METS, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors,” Medel said.

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