Global short­age of hy­draulic man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity ad­dressed

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - DE­TAILS, DANIELLA LAURENZI, DANIELLA.L@HYDRAULINK.COM. AU

HYDRAULINK SAYS it is con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in strong in­ven­tory of hoses, fit­tings, adap­tors and ac­ces­sories to en­sure thou­sands of cus­tomers through­out Asia-Pa­cific are not held up by a global short­age of hy­draulic hose man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity.

Hydraulink NSW State Man­ager Mark An­drews says a sig­nif­i­cant amount of qual­ity Hydraulink branded prod­uct was added to Aus­tralasian in­ven­tory in Septem­ber to pro­vide cer­tainty of supply to ma­jor in­dus­try cus­tomer groups in­volved in ar­eas such as, con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, re­cy­cling wastes, earth­works and civil en­gi­neer­ing, agriculture, min­ing, en­ergy, oil and gas, ma­te­ri­als han­dling, ports, trans­port, man­u­fac­tur­ing, food and bev­er­age dis­tri­bu­tion, util­i­ties and pub­lic works.

“Many thou­sands of in­di­vid­ual stock items were added to in­ven­tory through­out the re­gion in re­cent months, be­cause a short­age of stan­dard and cus­tom hy­draulic hose and fit­ting com­po­nents can bring even the largest and most so­phis­ti­cated ma­chin­ery to a to­tal stand­still,” he said.

“Hydraulink has a rep­u­ta­tion for al­ways hav­ing prod­uct avail­abil­ity with quick turn­around times. This re­duces de­lays in main­te­nance that can com­pro­mise safety and cause costly down­time. So we have acted, as an in­dus­try leader, to an­tic­i­pate the needs of the mar­ket by car­ry­ing strong in­ven­tory lev­els across Asia-Pa­cific while the prob­lem of in­ad­e­quate hy­draulic hose man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity con­tin­ues to per­sist, as it has for more than nine months now.

“As in­dus­tries start to pick up – which we are par­tic­u­larly see­ing with global OEM man­u­fac­tures, min­ing, civil in­fra­struc­ture, re­cy­cling and waste man­age­ment com­pa­nies at the mo­ment – demand for hy­draulic hoses and fit­tings in­creases, and a larger supply is needed,” said An­drews.

“If you look at com­pa­nies like Cater­pil­lar – one of the big­gest OEMs in the world – they’ve seen steady growth for over a year now, and that’s tak­ing up man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity for hy­draulic hose stock.”

Hydraulink sup­plies hoses, fit­tings, adap­tors and ac­ces­sories to more than 400 hose ser­vice points through­out Aus­trala­sia, sup­ported by mo­bile units to pro­vide 24/ 7 ser­vice from a sin­gle con­tact point when­ever they are needed to pre­vent down­time, op­ti­mise up­time, and en­sure the smooth flow of busi­ness.

“As one of Aus­trala­sia’s largest hy­draulic hose and fit­tings ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions, with thou­sands of cus­tomers ex­tend­ing from cities to the out­back, we are de­pended upon to have in­ven­tory on hand 24/ 7 to meet needs for rapid hose re­pair in sit­u­a­tions rang­ing from emer­gency break­downs through to cus­tomised hose fit­tings for OEMs or on­site hy­draulic hose ser­vice in re­mote and large-scale projects.”

Hydraulink ser­vices ex­tend from some of the re­motest min­ing and en­ergy projects to some of the largest con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture projects through­out Asia-Pa­cific, in­clud­ing ma­jor road upgrades, OEM equip­ment and ve­hi­cle ser­vice for a huge range of in­dus­tries.

HYDRAULINK AUS­TRALIA MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR DE­NIS MATULIN, LEFT, AND HYDRAULINK NSW MAN­AGER MARK AN­DREWS, RIGHT, WITH SOME OF THE COM­PANY’S NEW HY­DRAULIC HOSE STOCK.

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