New workshop for Bruce Rock Engineering
The opening of a new state-of-the-art Perth metropolitan workshop facility, combined with the merger with welding and fabrication specialist Transbeam Industries, has solidified Western Australia’s Bruce Rock Engineering’s position as a key manufacturer i
Leading heavy road transport equipment manufacturer Bruce Rock Engineering (BRE) has officially opened its Perth metropolitan workshop facility in Forrestfield.
On hand to officiate the event was Jim Chown, parliamentary secretary to the minister for transport, Dean Nalder.
On display was the BRE super-quad, a 60-metre road train tipped to deliver much-needed cost efficiencies to the mining sector while reducing heavy vehicle road traffic and therefore the impact on road infrastructure in the state.
Steel cutting and processing for all BRE manufactured equipment is carried out in the new Forrestfield facility, with the fabrication of the chassis of the super-quad also completed there, while its body, blasting, painting and assembly is completed in Bruce Rock.
Chown said “Bruce Rock Engineering is a WA owned and operated manufacturing company with a history dating back to 1980. It is always great to see a West Australian, family owned company grow nationally and continue to keep its manufacturing capabilities in this state.
“This new Forrestfield facility is strategically located right in the heart of a transport and logistics hub and on the road train route to the north of this state and to the east coast, further strengthening our state’s capability to deliver cost and time efficiently.”
The new facility is purpose built, with all design, manufacture and construction completed inhouse by the Bruce Rock Engineering team. It is one hectare in size, housing a 2700-squaremetre workshop and 350 square metres of administration offices. BRE managing director Damion Verhoogt said “Today’s launch is a significant milestone for the business, cumulating the organisation’s recent expansion into the east coast to extend the company’s capacity to deliver transport equipment to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
“The significance of the Forrestfied location means that we are close to our clients and have the ability to provide Perth metropolitan access to repairs, modifications and maintenance.”
Also noteworthy is BRE’s announcement of its merger with welding and fabrication specialist Transbeam Industries.
“Our national expansion solidifies our position as a major manufacturer in road transport, whilst the opening of our Forrestfield operation together with Transbeam Industries will increase our manufacturing capacity by close to 50 per cent, benefitting our clients with increased operational efficiencies, greater service and maintenance back up,” Verhoogt said.
The Transbeam partnership brings with it considerable benefits to the operation, most notably the new plasma profile cutting machine, which is the biggest and most advanced of its kind in Western Australia.
Imported from New Zealand, the Transbeam team worked with German-based Heinz Soyer Bolzenschweisstechnik GMBH and Kinetic Engineering to integrate the cutting machine with stud welding – a world-first adaptation which will improve speed, accuracy and overall quality control for the mining sector, in particular.
The significance of the Forrestfied location means that we are close to our clients and have the ability to provide Perth metropolitan access to repairs, modifications and maintenance.
Left: The new 3100sqm Forrestfield manufacturing facility and office space. Above: Damion Verhoogt and Jim Chown discuss the efficiencies of the new 60m super-quad, pictured behind.