Qube Holdings snaps up LCR Group for $135 million

Qube Holdings has announced the acquisition of LCR Group for $135 million.
LCR is a specialist provider of outsourced industrial logistics services, operating across mining, heavy transport, mobile crane and renewable energy industries including Oil and Gas.
“The acquisition of LCR is significant as it provides Qube the ability to deliver enhanced broad spectrum mining and industrial services to its existing and future customers. LCR is well known for providing innovative lift and shift materials handling solutions across Australia and PNG,” Paul Digney, Chief Operating Officer, Qube Holdings said.
Qube is Australia’s largest integrated provider of import and export logistics services. The acquisition provides Qube additional geographical diversity and service capability to enhance the company’s ability to provide reliable integrated logistics solutions.
According to Qube, both organisations are aligned in their business models which are driven by a strong safety culture, a solid and stable team, and a strong ethos to work with our local communities rather than simply in them.
“This alignment will continue under the support umbrella of Qube which will drive our collective goal to increase our presence and customer focus both in Australia and internationally. I am very excited for the staff and customers of LCR; Qube offers a great opportunity for all parties to be part of a growing national logistics business,” Col Partington, CEO and Managing Director, CEO said.
“Qube is committed to developing strong business units that deliver value for our customer base. I am delighted to welcome all LCR staff and management to Qube and l look forward to seeing the expanded service offering benefiting the combined customer base,” Paul Digney said.
In an announcement, Qube stated that there are no immediate changes forecast for the business, the initial focus of the combined business will be to work with the management team to ensure the same high level of service continues and the new opportunities identified are delivered upon.

Rio Tinto places order for 20 autonomous trucks

Caterpillar is to supply machinery and autonomous technology for Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
The scope of the equipment includes 20 autonomous 793F trucks and four autonomous blast drills, in addition to automation technologies and enterprise systems.
Caterpillar will complement Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program by integrating data analytics technologies to boost production and safety.
“The Caterpillar team is looking forward to working with Rio Tinto to apply our proven mining equipment and technology and to implement additional MineStar autonomy solutions at Koodaideri — a new mine designed to capitalise on leading-edge technology,” Caterpillar group president Resource Industries Denise Johnson said.
“We are excited to work together to advance Rio Tinto’s mine automation and digitalisation program.”
Rio Tinto’s $3.8 billion Koodaideri development is the company’s next major project in the Pilbara region. It is expected to create 600 permanent jobs over a 30-year mine life.
The project is pencilled for a production start date of late 2021 and will produce up to 43 million tonnes of iron ore a year.
Western Australian Cat dealer WesTrac will organise the supply of the equipment to Koodaideri. The agreement between the two companies will create 50 new Western Australia-based roles.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said the partnership would build “the most technology-enabled and innovative mine” in the company’s Pilbara iron ore network.
“Technology is rapidly changing our mining operations as we harness innovation to make our operations safer, smarter and more productive. This extension of our partnership with Caterpillar and WesTrac represents an exciting step for our business,” Salisbury said.

Women in Industry nominations now open

Businesses in the Australian logistics, supply chain and commercial road transport sectors are invited to submit their nominations for the 2018 Women in Industry awards.
The event will be held at Doltone House in Sydney, 14 June.
Women in Industry nomination categories include:
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.
INDUSTRY ADVOCACY AWARD
Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.
SAFETY ADVOCACY AWARD
Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.
EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING
This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.
EXCELLENCE IN MINING
This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.
EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING
This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
EXCELLENCE IN ROAD TRANSPORT
This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
The Women in Industry Awards recognises and rewards the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, process control industries and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.

Rio Tinto to double autonomous fleet by 2019

Rio Tinto will work with Caterpillar and Komatsu to expand its fleet of autonomous haul trucks in the Pilbara by more than 50 per cent by 2019.
The mining group, which has launched the projects as part of its $5 billion productivity program, plans to retrofit 29 Komatsu haul trucks at the Brockman 4 operation with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology, starting next year.
Brockman 4 will be run entirely in AHS mode once this project has been completed by 2019.
Rio will also retrofit 19 793F trucks with Caterpillar at the Marandoo iron ore mine. The equipment manufacturer will install Cat Command for Hauling software for operation of the fleet as part of the project. It is expected the first few trucks at Marandoo will be retrofitted in mid 2018.
Chris Salisbury, CEO – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto, said the company was excited about starting this new chapter in its automation story with Caterpillar and Komatsu.
“Rapid advances in technology are continuing to revolutionise the way large-scale mining is undertaken across the globe,” he said. “The expansion of our autonomous fleet via retrofitting helps to improve safety, unlocks significant productivity gains, and continues to cement Rio Tinto as an industry leader in automation and innovation.
“We are studying future additions to our autonomous fleet in the Pilbara, based on value, to help deliver our share of $5 billion of additional free cash flow for the company by 2021.
“Rio Tinto is committed to working closely with our workforce as we transition to AHS including providing opportunities for new roles, redeployment, retraining and upskilling.”
 
 

Kennards Hire expands branch network in WA and NT

Family-owned equipment hire group, Kennards Hire, is expanding its branch network in the northwest of Australia, with three new branches in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Having recently acquired CAPS Hire, the Kennards Hire network has expanded to include Broome and Kununurra in Western Australia. In the Northern Territory, the acquisition has enabled the business to consolidate branch operations, closing its current branch in Winnellie and moving into the newly acquired site.
The newly branded Kennards Hire branches have been fitted out with specialist equipment designed to suit the unique industries in the regional areas – specifically the mining and agriculture industries – as well as its traditional DIY customers.
“It’s a great opportunity for Kennards Hire to be joining these communities since we’re able to benefit locals while filling the gap in the market for these areas,” said Tony Symons, General Manager, Kennards Hire Western Australia and Northern Territory.
“The real story is that in all of our new locations, we are tweaking our capability and service offering to meet the unique market needs. For instance, Broome has a far less focus on mining than Kununurra, so we will bring many of our traditional equipment products to town.”
In addition to the CAPS Hire acquisition, a new Kennards Hire branch in Port Hedland will open in September.
The CAPS Hire branches changed ownership at the end of July and will be rebranded as Kennards Hire in early August.

Women In Industry 2017 award winners announced

Around 250 guests celebrated the achievements of the Women in Industry Award nominees, finalists and winners at a gala presentation dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 22 June.
The fourth annual awards night, hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, recognised the achievements of women working within the logistics, commercial road transport, mining, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
The winners in ten categories were decided by judges Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing; Noelene Watson, former Chair, Australian Trucking Association; Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO, Austmine; Megan Edwards, Head of Membership Services, Austmine; and Irene Godeau, Director – Communications and Marketing, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
In the Rising Star of the Year category, sponsored by Atlas Copco, the judges awarded the honour to Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC Limited.
Social Leader of the Year, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator – Automotive Centre of Excellence, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by ABB, went to Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM.
Safety Advocacy Award, sponsored by BOC Limited, was awarded to Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award, sponsored by Manark Printing, went to Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus.
In the Excellence in Mining category, sponsored by MMD, the award went to Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting.
Winner of the Excellence in Engineering category, sponsored by Cummins, was Philippa Craft, Product Manager – Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC Limited.
Excellence in Road Transport, sponsored by NatRoad, went to Pam McMillan, Chair, Transport Women Australia.
Both the Industry Advocacy and the Mentor of the Year awards, sponsored by MEGATRANS2018 and CSR Lightweight Systems, respectively, went to Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland.
“We would like to congratulate all attendees and finalists for joining us at this year’s Women in Industry Awards,” said event organiser, Lauren Winterbottom. “It was amazing to celebrate and promote the achievements of so many women in industry, and we hope to see you all next year.”
The fourth edition of the awards was complemented by the inaugural Women In Industry Conference, which took place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier that day.
According to Bianca Dohnt, Editor, Trailer Magazine, who hosted the day’s proceedings, the conference was a tremendous success.
“We heard the fascinating stories, advice and statistics from an intriguing group of women across the road transport, mining, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage production and infrastructure industries,” she explained to guests at the Awards night.
“Though our sectors are all very different, we came together because we share a common interest in advocating for our industries, the opportunities they provide for ambitious women, and how those women can make the industries better in return.
“At the Conference today, we created some real action plans to encourage more women to pursue greater success, and spread the word of our industries’ potential to the countless women out there who may not know of the opportunities that are waiting for them.
“I am proud to be an ambassador for events like Women In Industry, and be a part of an alliance of women, and men, who appreciate and champion the talents that women can provide, and the difference we make in any chosen industry.”

Tickets on sale for the 2017 Women In Industry conference and awards

The Women In Industry Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.
New for 2017, the awards event will be joined by an all-day conference.
The conference will feature previous Award winners and industry leaders from across the mining, manufacturing, engineering and road transport industries. It will focus on the latest technologies and innovations, industry trends and will look at the different ways that success as a woman in industry can be defined.
Speakers at the conference include Jennifer Conley from the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Lyn George from AUSTENG and Kirsty Liddicoat from BHP Billiton.
In focus on the day will be emerging industrial trends, success drivers and strategic change, and afternoon break-out sessions will give attendees the chance to join peers and get in-depth insight into industry-specific issues.
The conference will be a great learning, sharing and networking opportunity for attendees, whatever their gender!
The awards ceremony will celebrate outstanding individuals in 10 categories:

  • Social Leader of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Business Development Manager of the Year
  • Industry Advocacy Award
  • Safety Advocacy Award
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Excellence in Manufacturing
  • Excellence in Mining
  • Excellence in Engineering
  • Excellence in Road Transport

“The Women In Industry Awards are always such a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in their industry,” said Events Manager, Lauren Winterbottom. “This year, the conference will provide an extra opportunity to appreciate the expertise, influence and results that women are contributing to Australia’s industrial scene.”
The conference will take place from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday 22 June 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The awards evening will then kick off at 7.00pm at Peninsula, Central Pier Shed 14, Docklands.

Tickets to the conference are $550 + GST each, or attendees can purchase a conference/dinner combo ticket for $650 + GST.
All tickets can be purchased from www.womeninindustry.com.au

See more details and buy tickets for both events on the Women In Industry website.
The 2017 Women in Industry conference and awards are supported by Logistics and Materials Handling, along with Australian Mining, PACE, Manufacturers’ Monthly, Prime Mover, Trailer and Diesel.

Finalists announced for Women in Industry 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Women in Industry Awards are in, and some fantastic candidates have been put forward. All nominees have been reviewed and our panel of judges has narrowed down finalists in all categories. Below is the list of those in contention. Congratulations to those who have made the final. We look forward to seeing you all at the event on 22 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Social Leader of the Year
This category recognises those individuals who have significantly effected positive change within their local or regional community.
Sue Anne Ware – University of Newcastle
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Amy Wells – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Susan McAllen – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Rising Star of the Year – proudly sponsored by Atlas Copco Compressors
Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.
Sarah Jensen – CSR
Hannah Stewart – Stows Waste Management
Clare Dring – Fulton Hogan
Ella Baker – CSR
Victoria Zhorina – Schmitz Cargobull Australia
Zoe Bull – Cummins South Pacific
Bhavna Pandian – Eaton
Catherine Crumpton-Pratt – CSR
Nancy Crawford – BlueScope Flat Steel Products
Michaela Craft – BOC
Business Development Manager of the Year – proudly sponsored by ABB Australia
This category seeks out Business Development Managers who have created new growth opportunities which allowed their organisation to expand and generate greater revenue.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating Pty Ltd
Christine Nasymth – CSR
Shelley Hyslop – ATOM
Renee McGinty – CSR
Industry Advocacy Award
Recognition of individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Glenda Bennington – Boral Australia
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Corinna Unger – Sole Trader
Emma Bebe – ABB Australia
Najwa Khoury – CSR
Karen Stanton – HTA
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Safety Advocacy Award – proudly sponsored by BOC
Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.
Sarah Averill – CSR
Christine Morgan – Smarter Safety
Alanna Ball – Women in Safety
Tracie Dickenson – Daryl Dickenson Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Rachel Gangur – CSR
Catherine King – ABB Australia
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Sharon Smith – CSR
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Samantha Gates – Orrcon Steel
Mentor of the Year – proudly sponsored by CSR Lightweight Solutions
This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting
Beverly Williams – Automotive Centre of Excellence Bendigo Kangan Institute
Jessica Barber – Austral Bricks (WA)
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp.
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Excellence in Manufacturing
This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.
Mireille Saylav – Admiral Seating
Gabby Montagnese – New Age Caravans
Paola Tornatore – CSR
Lisa Lamb – Seqirus
Angela Housmann – Frosty Boy Australia
Karen Stanton – HTA
Kimberlie Smart – Formula Chemicals (NSW)
Excellence in Mining – proudly sponsored by MMD Australia
This category recognises individuals who have made a positive contribution to one of the many facets of the mining industry.
Gina Rinehart – Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
Penelope Twemlow – Energy Skills Queensland
Fiona Berkin – Morris Corporation
Christine Morris – Joy Global/Komatsu Mining Corp
Excellence in Engineering – proudly sponsored by Cummins South Pacific
This award recognises an individual who has shown leadership in engineering, technological excellence and innovation.
Gita Pendharkar – RMIT
Nishmin Hallam – Taylor Thomson Whitting
Nirupa Chander – ABB Australia
Philippa Craft – BOC
Shardie Johns –  ABB Australia
Excellence in Road Transport – proudly sponsored by NatRoad
This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.
Pam McMillan – Transport Women Australia
Melanie Cosgrove – SRV Road Freight Services
Kellie Boland – Boland Transport Services
Maggie Welsh – Welsh Freight Services
Julie Russell – Russell Transport
Elizabeth Valentine – Gippsland Water
Cate Hull – FreightExchange
Alice Mabin – Al Mabin
Kristine Alleva – AcQuum Consulting
Katrina Burns – SCT Logistics
Zeba Mohammed – BOC
Sarah Rosales – Hino Motor Sales Australia

Tongue-in-cheek video takes a dig at construction and mining industries

Online plant hire equipment database iSeekplant has recently launched a new video marketing campaign, a raw and witty take on the challenges facing the world of mining and construction in Australia.
With the Australian construction and mining industries experiencing tough times, iSeekplant is using a creative way to cut through the loud market and get their message out.
iSeekplant.com.au is Australia’s fastest growing online plant hire equipment and services database with over 4, 000 customers, and 110,000 users in mining, infrastructure and construction which recently received investment backing from Seven Group Holdings.
CEO of iSeekplant, Sally McPherson, has created a series of short films that take aim at the issues facing construction and mining in Australia.
“Australia’s mining, construction and infrastructure industries are facing some of the toughest conditions yet,” McPherson said. “These industries are still some of Australia’s largest employers and the backbone of many Australian cities and regional towns. However, many players in these sectors are employing antiquated business practices and need to take a serious look at how they can shake up their business strategy to ensure they stay profitable and relevant in the modern, digital world.
“It’s vital that we take a serious look at how companies in these sectors are operating; sourcing equipment and resources, marketing, and the move to digital are all critical factors that need to be addressed.”
McPherson wanted to create shareable content that would resonate with her audience, aiming to reach over 20 million people through social media.
“Humour is often the best medicine, our videos poke fun at situations and stereotypical characters in the industry, which will mean we get cut through with our audience.
“Demonstrating our understanding of the uniqueness of the plant hire and construction industries, every frame of these videos is a celebration of the inside jokes and the humour that makes working on a construction site fun every day.”
iSeekplant’s marketing campaign videos premiered in Queensland at the Real Short Film Festival.
Aussie icons David Field (Chopper, Getting Square), David Eastgate (Under the Hammer) and Col Elliot (comedian) star in the tongue-in-cheek films that celebrate the distinctly Aussie characters and comical situations that arise at worksites across the country.
The first video ‘Poor Brian’ showcases the frustration in the industry of not being able to source the correct machines for construction or infrastructure projects. The other videos take a jab at the truckloads of trinkets that hire companies use to win jobs and also take on dodgy operators and time wasters in the industry.
To view the first video in the campaign, watch below. Two more videos were also released recently.
https://youtu.be/UX305tUVPVQ
 

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