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The company says it plans to continue investing heavily in NC multi-purpose machining centres at its Bayswater (WA) and Mackay (Queensland) plants, and to expand overall production capacity at Bayswater by at least 50%.

In 2006, Sandvik produced a record 1,000 pulleys, 220,000 rollers and 35,000 frames at Bayswater.

Sandvik, which already controls more than 50% of the pulley and roller market, via strategic acquisitions and organic growth, is buoyed by the prospect of continuing growth in its traditional iron ore and gold markets, and plans to strengthen its presence and product range for the coal market and port facilities.

Sandvik’s engineering manager, materials handling, Bob Bullen, said initial growth would come from a focus on its traditional markets, but new products and manufacturing efficiencies would also enable the company to broaden its market base.

“The entire industry is currently feeling the pressure from the sustained resources boom, and we recognise that we need to raise our game to support our customers’ requirements.

“At the same time, we also recognise a tremendous opportunity to expand our market share,” he said.

“The current focus is to increase production levels, while keeping a very careful eye on the quality and production costs.

“Our hefty investment in new computer-controlled equipment is giving us a big lift in all three areas.

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