TW Woods Constructions will receive a Federal Government grant to invest in clean and renewable resources.
The Newcastle company had recently completed a 3-year expansion of its Tomago facility, investing millions of dollars in redeveloping its infrastructure to expand its Australian and global customer base.
The T.W. Woods Group, which manufactures materials handling technology including transfer chutes and loading gates for many of Australia’s biggest resources and energy companies will receive up to $153,900 from the Federal Labor Government’s $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Program. This was announced by Federal Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, AM MP, and Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson MP.
The grant announcement coincides with the 50th anniversary of T.W. Woods. Sharon Grierson congratulated T.W. Woods Construction and said the grant would help them reduce power bills and carbon emissions.
Ms Grierson explained that Federal Labor is working in partnership with T.W. Woods Construction to help them reduce their energy bills by $60,000 per year, in addition to cutting carbon pollution by reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 32%.
This will be achieved by replacing compressors and lighting, as well as investing in photoelectric cells to regulate lights, the installation of additional translucent roof panels and variable speed control of their grit blast exhaust fan, and upgraded hot water systems.
T.W. Woods Managing Director Tom Woods said the grant reinforced his company’s own investment in the type of cleaner and greener technologies that environmentally sensitive customers require from their suppliers.
T.W. Woods will be able to demonstrate their environmental responsibility to global companies. The company has already invested their own money into advanced and efficient technologies such as a plasma cutting bed for plate profiling and processing.
New facilities and products from T.W. Woods include:
- A 1000-ton brake press to further expand its ability to handle some of the largest metal forming tasks required by Australian industry
- A 400m² plate processing facility including a 300 amp CAD-CAM profile plasma cutting bed capable of cutting 13m x 3.5m plates up to 60mm thick with plasma, and more than 150mm with oxy. The facility also houses a 1600amp stud welding machine and a plate handling and processing facility serviced by a 10-tonne overhead gantry crane
- New custom-fabricated wear plate kits introduced for the maintenance of heavy machinery
- Smooth flowing underground and surface transfer chutes that overcome space, spillage and conveyor bulking problems common in coal mining and coal handling facilities
- An 800m² paint and blasting facility incorporating a sand blast chamber with 10-metre high ceiling to handle large jobs, feeding directly to a state-of-the-art 720m² industrial paint shop with 12m entry door to handle major projects
T.W. Woods clients include Delta Energy, Incitec Pivot, Integra Coal, Laing O’Rourke and Xstrata as well as several surface and underground mining companies throughout Australia.