Leading crane manufacturer and servicing company Konecranes has opened a new branch in Gladstone, Queensland to service Rio Tinto’s joint-venture QAL plant in addition to other prominent industrial and mining customers between Brisbane and Mackay.
Konecranes Manager John Bailey says that the expansion of their crane installations and crane servicing work in the region made it imperative for them to have a permanent presence in Gladstone.
The new facility will also service a contract with the Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) refinery in Gladstone. This is the world’s largest alumina refinery with an output of nearly four million tons annually and employing over 1000 workers.
Apart from carrying out several 10-year inspections, Konecranes will also be installing digital displays on the hoists that will show the loads being carried.
QAL is 38.6 per cent owned by Rio Tinto in a joint venture with Alcan and Rusal.
Konecranes has also recently won a major service agreement with Cement Australia Gladstone, which produces over 1.6 million tonnes of cement each year and operates the largest cement kiln in Australia.
“They’re our cranes but were previously serviced by a competitor, so it’s a major recognition of our capabilities for us to gain the service contract as well,” Mr Bailey said.
Adding to this achievement, Konecranes has obtained a crane order from Anglo Coal Australia’s open cut mine at Callide, near Biloela, inland from Gladstone.
This assignment involves taking down the old monorails and replacing them with new ones, while also fitting their CXT wire rope hoists.
John Bailey is being supported at Konecranes Gladstone by Sales Manager Tom Kelson, who will work out of both Brisbane and Gladstone offices.
The new Service Manager at Gladstone is Joe Whelan, who was previously based at Konecranes Brisbane.
“We have an advantage over other crane providers in that we offer a complete solution to our customers. We survey what they require and deliver solutions based on those needs, providing optimum reliability and performance as well as ensuring that safety standards are complied with.
“Konecranes uses the customer knowledge and expertise of its teams throughout Australasia to deliver locally the global resources of the entire Konecranes group,” Mr Bailey said