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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.
Marion closed.
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 Malaysia.
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
   
2015
Brian Hodges retires as Chief Executive Officer.     
2016 March 1, Paul Zuckerman appointed Chief Executive Officer
March 4, Bradken completes acquisition of former Larsen & Toubro (L&T) foundry in Coimbatore, India.
   
2017 March, Hitachi Construction Machinery Group takes ownership of Bradken.