Manufacturing opportunities abound in expanding mining sector
Advanced Robotic Technology (ART)
Technology, Cutting, Cnc Plasma Cutter
There is not a day that goes by that you can't find an article about the challenges Australian manufacturers are facing in order to remain globally competitive. But there are many believers in the sector who see opportunities despite the extraordinary rise of the Aussie dollar. It's that positive vibe which saw a leading manufacturing index last month hit positive territory for the first time in four months. And for just the second time in 10 months, the AIG/PricewaterhouseCoopers Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index scraped above the magical 50-point level separating expansion from contraction - improving from 47.7 to 52.9 in June.
Business sentiment is more positive compared to a few months ago, particularly for suppliers to the mining industry, which is expanding to meet Chinese demand for raw materials and pushing the job market near a level the government views as full employment. In the period from March quarter 2005 to September quarter 2010 new private capital expenditure increased by 73.0% (or $12,140m) to $28,768*. The mining industry accounted for 66.2% (or $8,034m) of this increase. Given this, there has been growing interest in the mining industry and its impact on the Australian economy.
The performance of the mining industry in recent years has had positive downstream effects on other industries. The resource processing industry (a part of the manufacturing industry) is a clear example of positive downstream effects from increased mining activity. A large proportion of mining related manufacturing occurs in the industry primary metal and metal product manufacturing. The initial upswing in mining capital expenditure was matched by capital expenditure in this downstream manufacturing industry.
Local communities in Queensland and WA are also benefitting from the mining and resources industries. The inaugural Surat Basin Mining and Energy Expo ended last month with organisers hailing the event a total success. Advanced Robotic Technology (ART) were among the 400 exhibitors, and according to National Sales Manager Rod Brown, who attended the two-day event, the show was a tremendous success for the specialist supplier of CNC routers and plasma cutting machines based in Brisbane, QLD.
“There have been many people interested in becoming involved with the mining and energy sectors,” he says. “The Toowoomba region hosts many manufacturing shops servicing the booming mining sector, and those companies have a huge demand for quality equipment to manufacture parts on time and to the desired quality.”
For heavy-duty manufacturing environments as frequently found in the mining sector where power, precision, speed, quality, low cost, productivity and durability are demanded by business owners, ART has developed a high definition CNC plasma cutter series. “The HDP CNC plasma cutters are highly accepted in Australian heavy-duty manufacturing shops and generated a lot of interest among leading engineering companies for the mining industry during the Toowoomba show from 22 to 23 June 2011,” Mr Brown says.
The HDP plasma cutter offers precise heavy-duty cutting of steel, stainless steel and aluminium and comes with a process area from 3700mm x 1900mm up to 15000mm x 3200mm. “The machine delivers economic processing of high-standard cut components with an edge quality that is comparable with laser cutting,” Mr Brown explains. “Moreover, an efficient fume extraction system ensures the air is kept clean at all times.”
“The expo has certainly highlighted the opportunities that are available in the mining and energy sectors,” Mr Brown says. “From now on, the event will be an annual fixture on our business calendar as we continue to develop our heavy-duty range of plasma cutters to even further contribute to our customers’ success by giving them a competitive advantage.”
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
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