Shepparton News

Furphy good, better, greener

ICONIC GOULBURN VALLEY MANUFACTUR­ER FLICKS SUSTAINABL­E SWITCH, DEPLOYING CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES

- By John Lewis

Shepparton’s Furphy Foundry has made the switch to clean, green energy sources, with all its power requiremen­ts now generated from solar energy.

The foundry, which produces public outdoor furniture for use across the country, has also modernised its casting plant with a new electric induction furnace.

The $250,000 upgrades have been jointly funded by the company and a Department of Environmen­t, Land, Water and Planning grant program.

Furphy Foundry managing director Sam Furphy said the grant had helped the company switch its operations to cleaner technology, benefiting its production process and staff.

‘‘We can now proudly say that all products produced by Furphy Foundry are made from a clean energy source, and that is very good for business, the community and the planet,’’ he said.

He said all of the foundry’s power requiremen­ts were now generated from solar energy, with any surplus energy remaining in the grid.

Mr Furphy said the new German-made electric induction furnace created a reduced carbon footprint, reduced costs and created a safer working environmen­t.

‘‘The furnace was always expensive to run from the grid, but now we can produce as much as we can put on the floor. It’s doubled our output,’’ he said.

Mr Furphy said the company’s clean, green approach also extended to its use of timber, which was sustainabl­y harvested around Australia, while metal castings and slats were made from 100 per cent recycled aluminium.

The 157-year-old Shepparton-based company renowned for its iconic Furphy water cart, now specialise­s in manufactur­ing durable outdoor community items, including seats, benches, restrooms, picnic settings, litter receptacle­s, barbecues, drinking fountains, bike racks, bollards, impact security, shelters, tree furniture and urban art.

Many of the company’s products will be used in the current Shepparton Maude St Mall upgrades.

Mr Furphy thanked the state government for supporting the company in its switch to using sustainabl­e, clean energy sources.

‘‘It’s good to see this 157-year-old business now able to use clean technology,’’ he said.

 ?? Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Out of the furnace, into the future:
Furphy Foundry managing director Sam Furphy with ingots of 100 per cent recycled aluminium ready to be melted down in the new electric induction furnace.
Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e Out of the furnace, into the future: Furphy Foundry managing director Sam Furphy with ingots of 100 per cent recycled aluminium ready to be melted down in the new electric induction furnace.
 ?? ?? Going solar: Shepparton’s Furphy Foundry is now run entirely on solar power after a government grant helped the company switch to cleaner, greener technology.
Going solar: Shepparton’s Furphy Foundry is now run entirely on solar power after a government grant helped the company switch to cleaner, greener technology.
 ?? Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? At work: Liquid recycled aluminium is poured into moulds ready for use in Furphy products.
Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e At work: Liquid recycled aluminium is poured into moulds ready for use in Furphy products.

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