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Defying the trend: No sign of slowdown for Fenner Dunlop

Article published by Australian Mining

The mining industry’s increasing demand for efficient conveyor belt solutions has driven conveyor belt manufacturer, Fenner Dunlop, to expand its Western Australia manufacturing facility to keep up.

While many Australian manufacturers have seen a slowdown in business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, conveyor company Fenner Dunlop is defying this trend by investing in more production capacity.

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Branching out

Article published by Australian Bulk Handling Review

With two Fenner Dunlop facilities reaching their one-year milestone, Managers Dan Luther and Ross Vandyke explain how the branches have rapidly and safely expanded.

Fenner Dunlop takes pride in its close proximity to its customers. The conveyor manufacturer’s mission is to keep its resources near those that need them. As such, it began looking at regions across Australia where it could expand.

In 2019, the company’s fast-paced growth strategy saw two new branches set up from scratch, one in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales and one in Karratha, Western Australia.

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FENNER DUNLOP ACE WINS AQUILA OVERLAND CONVEYOR CONTRACT

Fenner Dunlop ACE has been contracted to deliver an overland conveyor system for Anglo American’s Aquila project. 

Anglo American is a leading global mining company, with significant investments in Australia and particularly in Queensland. Aquila is an underground hard coking coal mine near Middlemount, which will extend the life of Anglo American’s existing Capcoal underground operations.

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THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS

Fenner Dunlop ACE in Mackay is always looking out for the next generation of expert Engineers. The team is committed to assisting the new entrants to succeed, offering multiple programs designed to advance and enhance the holistic work experience.

Combining theoretical tutoring with practical activities is by far, the most effective way of learning. “We work together with our customers to offer our undergraduates practical experience working on real-world projects” explains Mark Wilcock, Branch Manager ACE QLD. Two employees stand out from the crowd in the team, both started with ACE in their second year of university studies and now are key personnel in our business.

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FENNER DUNLOP ANNOUNCES $23.5 MILLION PLANT EXPANSION IN KWINANA

In 2009, Fenner Dunlop opened a $70 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kwinana, Western Australia, specifically built to produce steel cord belting. At the time, it represented the largest investment in conveyor belting manufacturer ever made in Australia by any 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%. 

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ACE IS NOW ISO ACCREDITED

Australian Conveyor Engineering (ACE) has successfully fulfilled the requirements of the ISO standard and earned the respected ISO 9001-2015 certification effective from July 2020.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification indicates that ACE can consistently provide products and services through a risk-based approach that meets customer and regulatory requirements. ACE pursued this certification to provide customers with increased confidence in their quality processes, products, and services. 

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FENNER DUNLOP'S HUNTER BRANCH CELEBRATES ONE YEAR WITHOUT A RECORDABLE INJURY

The last 365 days have been filled with passion and hard work! As our Hunter branch turns one, we're looking back and celebrating the milestones that happened along the way. 

Our journey started in July 2019 with the establishment of the branch in Beresfield. Since then, we have followed an aggressive growth strategy, extended the branch network to Muswellbrook, doubled the size of the team and the service capacity. This growth is the result of consistent investment in training and developing our staff and adapting to the market demands.  

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ONE YEAR IN THE PILBARA

Our Workshop and Service Centre in Karratha turns one in July marking our successful expansion into Regional Western Australia.

The vision for the branch was to be a part of the local economy and to create opportunities for the community. To achieve this Fenner Dunlop set out to create a sustainable workshop that attracted a residential workforce and provided a training ground for new local employees. The invaluable partnership of our local maintenance contracts has helped us achieve this goal. 

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FANTASTIC FIRST YEAR

Fenner Dunlop's Hunter branch celebrates one year without a recordable injury.

The last 365 days have been filled with passion and hard work for the team at Fenner Dunlop’s Hunter branch. As they celebrate a successful first year, it’s also a time to reflect on the milestones along the way.

It began in July 2019, with the opening of the new branch in Beresfield and it’s been full steam ahead since then. The team has gone from 3 to 44 enabling them to increase their service capacity twofold. They also have extended the branch network to include Muswellbrook and further strengthen their ties to the Hunter region.

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FENNER DUNLOP GOES SOLAR

Located in Somersby, New South Wales, the ACE branch is Fenner Dunlop’s Electrical engineering centre of excellence. 

Conscious of their energy usage and looking for a solution to reduce their carbon footprint, ACE decided to install a 82 kWh solar power system on their premises.

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FENNER DUNLOP ELECTRIFIES AUSTRALIAN MINES

Article published by Australian Mining

Fenner Dunlop is a valued supplier of materials handling, mechanical and electrical services for many Australian mining companies. However, the company considers itself to be more of a partner than supplier.

Since acquiring Australian Conveyor Engineering (ACE) in 2012, Fenner Dunlop has become recognised for a service portfolio that includes ACE’s 25-plus years of experience in conveyor design, manufacturing and installation abilities.

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COVID-19 – FENNER DUNLOP SUPPLY AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Fenner Dunlop Australia continues monitoring and preparing for the impact of COVID-19 on this country. This action has been undertaken by the Management teams of Fenner Dunlop since early February 2020 and includes the establishment of a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to oversee and manage this ever-evolving crisis. The CMT is currently meeting daily to ensure compliance with the measures outlined below and to consider whether further actions are required. 

The purpose of this document is to provide customers with an understanding of the business risks for Fenner Dunlop supply associated with COVID-19 and how they are being managed.

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ROOF-MOUNTED UNDERGROUND CONVEYOR - YES WE CAN!

One of the largest underground longwall coal producers in NSW required a new trunk conveyor to extend the mine. The project was to design a 3.2 km long trunk conveyor system inclusive of all the terminal equipment, from the transfer and impact station through to the drive head, loop take-up, belt maintenance and boot end.

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DURABLE AND CONTINUOUS

Article published by International Mining 

Today’s mining operations want maximum efficiency and durability for their conveyor systems, despite these installations becoming larger and more complex. But the technology and service providers are up to the challenge. 

Paul Moore spoke to David Landgren, Fenner Dunlop Executive Director, about the mining conveyor market and its role as a leading supplier of belting solutions.

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WOLLONGONG EXPANSION FOR FENNER DUNLOP

Article published by The Australian Mining Review

Fenner Dunlop’s NSW branch recently relocated to a massive new facility in Port Kembla, Wollongong, situated on 6000sqm of land with a 1600sqm high roof facility.

The convenient location on 2 Flinders Street, adjacent to the Bluescope Steel Plant, gives the company unparalleled access to the main roads that service the wide variety of Fenner Dunlop’s many clients – from underground mining, coal washeries, steel manufacturing, hard rock mining, quarries, cement mills, foundries, plasterboard manufacturers, coal terminals, tunneling projects and many more.

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FOOTSCRAY – CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF MANUFACTURING

From humble beginnings to becoming a reliable, quality brand, Fenner Dunlop’s Footscray rubber ply belt plant is celebrating eight decades of industry success.

The company's roots can be traced back to 1890 when two British belting tradesmen, Arthur and Charles Hopkins began manufacturing leather belting, not far from the site of today's main plant. They were joined in 1891 by Australian George Odlum. The company of Hopkins Bros. & Odlum prospered during one of the most exciting periods of Australian mining history, making belting for Mt. Morgan in Queensland, Broken Hill in New South Wales, Mt. Lyell and Mt. Zeehan in Tasmania and Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

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SPLICE WITHOUT A KNIFE WINS HIGH FIVE AWARD FROM RIO TINTO IRON ORE AT DAMPIER PORTS

The Knifeless splicing process won the quarterly High 5 award from Rio Tinto Iron Ore at Dampier Ports. There were three winners announced from nominations across all the Iron Ore business units.

In conjunction with external partners and the Health and Safety departments, the Dampier Ports Maintenance team found that the knifeless solution to belt splicing challenges a long-standing perception that splicing belts can only be accomplished using knives.

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SPLICE WITHOUT A KNIFE WINS BEST SOLUTION TO A SPECIFIC WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD

The WorkSafe Awards celebrate the efforts of Victorian people and organisations in improving workplace health and safety and supporting injured workers’ return to work. Finalists were selected from 219 nominations across nine categories and represent a variety of industries, including construction, transport, retail, local government and health.

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INNOVATIVE TRAIN UNLOADER CONVEYORS DELIVERED TO SADA

Formed in 1991 to undertake contract processing and handling services for the NSW and Australian coal industry, SADA Group operates with extensive experience in every step of the process, from mining and coal preparation through to logistics and shipping.

SADA focus on innovation enables the company to deliver a trouble-free, seamless, integrated solutions on every project. At this time, the challenge was to provide a lower cost-per-tonne alternative to trucking.

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BELT SPLICING IS NOW A TRADE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fenner Dunlop’s Belt Splicing Traineeship has become trade recognised in Western Australia. This recognition means that now we offer our employees a learning pathway that combines a national certification and trade papers through our Enterprise Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

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