Page 14 - GlobalEyes Edition 9 - November 2012

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This year Bradken celebrates 90 years
as an operating steel foundry business.
In 1922 Bradford Kendall Limited was incorporated as a
company and built its first steel foundry in Alexandria, Sydney
to capitalise on the potential for growth in the Australian
steel, rail and resources markets. Over the ensuing years the
business grew with the economy in particular benefiting from
developments in the mining and resources sector.
In 2004 Bradken, a regional Australia based business with
revenue of $460 million was listed on the Australian Stock
Exchange (ASX: BKN) with the strategic intent of globalising
the business in line with the growing demand for mining
consumable products.
From that time on, Bradken’s activities have been concentrated
on the execution of our globalisation. Looking forward, our
commitment to this strategy remains strong as we continue to
expand our range of core products and services globally both
through organic growth and complementary acquisitions.
Today, Bradken stands as one of the largest combined
foundry and heavy engineering groups in the world. With a
global presence that spans six continents, a network of 59
manufacturing, sales and service facilities and a dedicated
workforce of over 6,200 our Company has accumulated
a wealth of knowledge and a depth of expertise that allows
us to provide our customers with a full package offering
incorporating design, manufacture, and maintenance and
support services.
Our success today is a far cry from our somewhat more
humble beginnings, born out of the entrepreneurial spirit
and dedicated commitment of founders Leslie Bradford and
Jim Kendall in the early 1920’s who after getting lucky at the
races one day pledged their winnings to start a steel foundry
Business Development
Expanded into the European market with the acquisition of Firth Rixson Castings Ltd in the UK. Acquired a 20%
share of Americast Technologies, Inc in the USA. Acquired ferrous scrap business in Cannington, AUS.
Expanded into China with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Xuzhou. Acquired
Australian foundry supply company Cast Metal Services (CMS).
Acquired the remaining 80% share of Americast Technologies, Inc. giving Bradken a significant presence in the
North American market.
Entered the Canadian Oil Sands resources market with the acquisition of ALMAC Machine Works Inc.
Expanded the footprint of the Mineral Processing business in North America, South America and Africa with
the acquisition of Norcast Wear Solutions in Canada making Bradken the leading global supplier of mill liners.
Expanded the Fixed Plant business in Australia with the acquisition of Wear Protect Systems Pty Ltd and Australian
and Overseas Alloys Pty Ltd.
Further expanded presence in China with the construction of a state-of-the-art greenfield foundry in Xuzhou for
the manufacture of mining consumables.
Expanded presence in the regional Mineral Processing market with the acquisition of Roche Castings Foundry.
Opened new Mining Services facility in Mackay, AUS servicing the Queensland coal market.