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Keech gains new international accreditations

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Bendigo-based castings maker Keech Australia has gained ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and AS/NZS 4801 OH&S Management System accreditation on their first attempt.

"Many companies take several attempts to get their accreditation. So this achievement first time is really a testament to the hard work and focus of Keech staff towards a common goal - to be the best in our field and a first choice supplier to our customers around the world,” said Herbert Hermens, Keech’s CEO.

“Achieving these ISO accreditations means we are a step closer to that goal."

The third-generation family-owned company, which makes ground-engaging tools and makes the bulk of its revenue from sales to the the mining industry, has invested heavily in its foundries, spending over $3 million in recent years.

Hermens said that better management, and investments in more efficient energy use and training all helped achieve the ISO 14001 accreditation.

“We are continuing to expand our sand and raw material recycling efforts, and have invested over $3 million to modernise our second foundry,” explained the CEO.

“We've also designed and committed to installing energy efficient moulding, pouring, shake out and knock out systems, as well as purchasing a more efficient Arc Furnace and converting single-castings into multi-cavity moulds to reduce wastage and heating needed
for pouring in our number one foundry."

For a more detailed look at Keech’s investments in its Bendigo facilities, visit this story on Ferret’s visit to the company’s foundries in May.  

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