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An Australian engineering company that already exports 50 per cent of its output to America, Thailand, and Vietnam, has begun to move into the Indonesian market. Melbourne-based Apollo Engineering has plants in Queensland and Victoria with a strong customer base in Australia.

With its head office in West Heidelberg and branches at North Altona and Hasting in Victoria, as well as Brisbane in Queensland, Apollo is well positioned to service clients in all parts of Australia and South East Asia.

Apollo General Engineering is an Australian-owned company with more than 50 years' experience in medium to heavy fabrication, assembly and machining.

Exports of its machinery and fabricated metal products are growing even more rapidly than its Australian order book.

Apollo Engineering Altona plant manager Tony Prestinenzi said Apollo had recently started supplying boiler drums to Indonesian customers.

"They are precision-engineered pressure vessels, 10 metres long, 1.5 metres in diameter and constructed from XLERPLATE steel from BlueScope Steel up to 100 millimetres thick," he said.

"In the markets in which we compete, a reputation for quality and dependability is vital - and that's what has underwritten our success in Australia and overseas."

Mr Prestinenzi said the use of lightweight, high-grade XLERPLATE steel from BlueScope Steel allowed the production of boiler drums that offered the highest possible levels of safety and performance for customers.

Apollo Engineering general manager Sam Guccione said the company was a leading supplier of pressure vessels to the global market.

"We have American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) accreditation which means we can build for the global market and we are recognised worldwide," Mr Guccione said.

Apollo Engineering also owns Australia Pressure Vessel Heads, Australia's leading manufacturer of heads and ends for use in the fabrication of pressure vessels, storage tanks and process vessels.

Australia Pressure Vessel Heads has more than 50 years' experience supplying industries in sectors that include petrochemical, chemical, power, water treatment, food and offshore operations.

Apollo Engineering has joined the ‘Steel By BlueScope Steel’ brand partnership program to highlight its use of steel from Australia's leading steel company.

Mr Guccione said Apollo Engineering used quality Australian materials and components wherever practical because they provided the best quality for the best price.

Apollo has also provided special purpose-built machinery and equipment for BlueScope Steel's plant in Hastings.

The company's local customers include the Zinifex lead smelting plant at Port Pirie in South Australia for which it manufactures hot metal vessels.

The spherical vessels, which span 4.6 metres in diameter, and are designed to hold 420 tonnes of molten lead, are made from XLERPLATE steel.

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