|1922 ||Bradford Kendall Limited incorporated as a company. |
Jim Kendall appointed Managing Director.
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|1926 ||ASF & GSI railway equipment licences signed. |
|1927 ||First one piece cast passenger frame completed. |
Rail systems begin the change to auto couplers.
|1932 ||First dredge buckets and components shipped to Malaysia. |
|1942 ||Bill Kendall appointed Managing Director after the death of his father, Jim. |
|1946 ||ASF Ride Control freight bogie introduced. |
|1948 ||The Cast Armour Plant purchased from the Government, known as No.2 Plant. |
Business listed on Stock Exchange.
|1950 ||Adelaide Plant commissioned. |
|1953 ||Fremantle Plant commissioned. |
|1954 ||Wodonga Plant commissioned. |
ESCO Manufacturing Licence signed.
|1955 ||Port Augusta Plant commissioned. |
|1956 ||Runcorn Plant commissioned. |
Port Augusta Plant closed.
|1963 ||Griffin Wheel Plant commissioned. |
|1964 ||ESCO Marketing Licensee, Equipment Distributors Pty Ltd acquired. |
Purchased Wilkinson Callon Plant, NZ.
|1969 ||New moulding line commissioned at Wodonga Plant. |
|1970 ||Purchased marine equipment merchant, W. L. Bassett & Son Pty Limited. |
Port Hedland Plant commissioned.
|1971 ||Bradken Malaysia 45% joint venture foundry commissioned. |
|1973 ||Purchased Ascot Iron Foundry, Sydney. |
|1974 ||Purchased Steel Company of Australia (SCOA), Melbourne. |
|1976 ||Purchased McKelvey's Bankstown Foundry. |
Purchased Silverwater Plant Hire.
|1977 ||Singapore Steel 40% joint venture foundry commenced operations. |
|1978 ||Runcorn KW plant commissioned. |
George Bradford (son of Leslie) retired after serving 35 years as a Director.
Bradken jointly owned by ANI and Comeng.
|1979 ||Bill Kendall (son of Jim) retired after 36 years as Managing Director. |
Bruce Meekings appointed Chief General Manager and Chief Executive.
|1982 ||ANI acquisition of Bradken completed. |
|1984 ||Bruce Meekings retires after 37 years. |
Evan Rees appointed as Chief Executive.
Ipswich Plant acquired.
Introduction of CAD/CAM design and pattern making.
|1985 ||Singapore Steel closed. |
|1986 ||Evan Rees moves to ANI Corporate Office as Executive Director. |
Ian Bonnette appointed as Chief Executive of Bradken.
Bankstown Foundry closed.
|1987 ||Salisbury Plant acquired. |
No.2 Plant Alexandria closed.
|1989 ||Acquired the North British foundry in UK. |
Consolidated Press Securities Limited acquires a 48% holding in ANI Limited.
|1990 ||Bradken Head Office moved to Newcastle in a dramatic ANI restructure. |
ANI Products formed to merge Bradken and ANI Ruwolt mining businesses.
NO.1 Plant, Alexandria; Mascot Plant; and Griffin Wheel Plant closed.
SCOA Plant in Melbourne closed.
|1991 ||Consolidated Press sells its ANI shareholdings. |
|1992 ||Marion Plant, USA commissioned. |
|1995 ||Bob Irving appointed as Chief Executive on resignation of Ian Bonnette. |
ANI Products disbanded.
Bradken name changed to ANI Bradken.
|1996 ||ANI Strategic Review. |
ANI Bradken becomes part of the new Resources and Rail Group.
|1997 ||ANI Railway Transportation Group formed. |
National Castings Welshpool and Launceston Plants acquired.
Brian Hodges becomes the new Chief Executive.
|1998 ||Beginning of market focused business. |
Fremantle & Salisbury closed.
|1999 ||Overhead reductions to return to profitability. |
|2000 ||Acquisition of ANI by Smorgon. |
Sold Edgar Allen (North British foundry).
Mineral Processing & ANI Engineering folded into Bradken, sites of Karrabin & Bassendean now included.
Inclusion of ANI Chile.
|2001 ||December 21, Bradken sold by Smorgon to CHAMP/ESCO/Management consortium becoming again a private company. |
|2002 ||January 29, approved capital expenditure upgrades across most plants. |
Bradken set the benchmark for Australian Freight Wagon manufacture at a rate of 28 wagons per week for Pilbara Rail Company.
|2003 ||February 12, acquired assets of the Westcut business from Bucyrus Blades of Australia. |
October 15, acquired assets of Belford Engineering (known as Singleton).
|2004 ||August 18, Bradken Limited listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. |
Sales reach $400 million with 2000 employees.
ESCO/Bradken celebrate 50 year prosperous relationship.
|2005 ||April 1, acquired Roche Castings Foundry, Western Australia (known as Henderson). |
April 22, Mackay manufacturing facility officially opened.
June 29, 2,000th iron ore wagon manufactured
|2006 ||March 16, acquired G.W. Brown Pty Ltd, Western Australia (known as Cannington) |
August 7, 250th dragline bucket delivered to BMA Saraji Mine.
September 21, Runcorn Foundry celebrates 50 years of manufacturing.
November 14, acquired Wundowie Foundry in Western Australia.
November, joined Castle Harlan, Inc in acquiring 20% of AmeriCast Technologies, Inc.
December 11, acquired Firth Rixson Castings Limited in Sheffield and Darlaston, United Kingdom.
|2007 ||March 30, acquired Boogan Implement Company in Innisfail, Queensland (known as Innisfail). |
June 27, 4,000th iron ore wagon manufactured and delivered to Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
August 6, acquired TMS Engineering in Launceston, Tasmania.
September 11, acquired Roll Neck Rings in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
October 18, acquired 75% of Cast Metal Services Pty Limited in Brisbane, Queensland.
November 9, opened new manufacturing facility in Xuzhou
|2008 ||July 29, acquires remaining share of AmeriCast Technologies, Inc. |
|2010 ||Purchased remainder of Cast Metal Services Pty Ltd, Australia (CMS). |
Acquired ALMAC Machine Works Inc, Canada (Edmonton).
Acquired Materix Engineering Pty Ltd, Australia (Orange).
|2011 ||Acquired Investment Casting Queensland Pty Ltd, Australia (Acacia Ridge). |
Acquired Wear Protection Systems Pty Ltd, Australia (Naval Base).
Acquired Norcast Wear Solutions Inc, Canada (Mont-Joli and Toronto) which included Swanmet, Malaysia (Merlimau and Singapore).
Acquired Australian and Overseas Alloys Pty Ltd, Australia (Wollongong).
|2013 || |
March 19, opened new Global Corporate Centre, Australia (Newcastle)
April 18, opened greenfield foundry in Xuzhou, China