First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
A finished belt cleaner blade is cut to length
Martin Engineering has created its newest factory-owned manufacturing facility in Queensland, Australia.
A global innovator of conveyor belt cleaning and sealing systems, the company has provided bulk handling solutions and flow control equipment in the region through a licensee since 1978.
Its new facility will provide direct sales, service, training and manufacturing to the continent, serving key industries such as mining, cement, sugar, quarrying and bulk handling ports.
Company officials say that having local production will allow Martin Engineering to supply its products at lower prices, reducing the overall cost of ownership.
Among the manufacturing capabilities are the company’s proprietary technology for producing belt cleaner blades, using its custom-built work cell. The manufacturing cells are designed, engineered and constructed by Martin, and the processing technology is being implemented at Martin locations on six continents to deliver components around the world.
Martin Engineering’s supplier for the chemical components of its urethane formulations is BASF Corporation, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, with more than 110,000 employees operating in 80-plus countries.
Martin says that partnering with BASF brings the benefit of the chemical company’s extensive and reliable supply chain, allowing Martin Engineering to continue innovating polyurethane blade production and quickly deliver products worldwide.
“Our computer-controlled moulding operations around the world are monitored at global headquarters,” says Paul Harrison, chief technology officer.
“In fact, we’re able to remotely monitor functionality from any location that has an Internet connection, anywhere in the world.”
The Australia Business Unit will be led by Terry Thew, managing director, who has more than 30 years’ experience in bulk material handling, along with Chris Wilson, commercial director, who will be joined by Bo Hu, Financial Controller, and Grant Goodey, flow aids specialist.