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Manufacturing Capabilities

Bradken is Australia’s largest combined foundry and heavy engineering group and one of the leading ferrous-casting companies in the world. Bradken has a vast network of manufacturing facilities and sales and service centers throughout Australia, New Zealand, China, United States of America and the United Kingdom. This geographical diversity underpins its position as a world class, cost effective, high quality foundry and heavy engineering company.

Bradken’s manufacturing facilities employ the latest technologies in product development, design, tooling manufacture, casting processes, robotics, machining and assembly. Within Bradken there is a broad wealth of technical expertise encompassing a wide range of alloys and complex fabrication in addition to operational and field experience. This positions the company as one of the world’s most cost effective and quality founders complemented by the extensive product range and capacity offering customers high security of supply now and in the long term.


Product Development

Bradken’s skilled product development teams, together with worldwide technology partners, enable development and delivery of products and services that set new benchmarks for excellence, whilst offering significant advantages to customers. Bradken boasts strong alliances with leading international organisations.

Bradken’s reputation for producing high quality, innovative products result from understanding customers operating conditions and providing superior performance. Bradken designs are based on providing functional solutions and are characterised by their reliability, efficiency, cost effectiveness and whole of life value.

The advanced technologies utilised allow Bradken to link engineering with manufacturing and ensure a strong synergy between the product design process, application requirements and interactions of customers’ operations. This combination of design skills and application expertise guarantees that Bradken products provide superior performance in service and deliver tangible economic benefits to customers at all times.

Bradken’s investment in new generation technology and focus on product development reinforces the company’s commitment to provide customers with specific, world competitive solutions to their individual needs.


Analysis and testing
Fabrication and casting
FEA and fatigue analysis
Field services
Freight rollingstock design
Manufacture of high chrome iron products
up to 5m diameter and 20,000kg
Material selection and development
Process technology
Product design and development
Specialist melting, moulding, heat treatment,
machining and inspection equipment.
Technical service and support
Wagon design validation and testing
Dragline bucket scale testing

Technical expertise

3D CAD design
3D CAM patternmaking
Casting simulation software
Discrete Element Modelling analysis
Dynamic simulation analysis
Fatigue analysis
Finite element analysis
Instrumentation and data acquisition
Competitive manufacturing
Liner wear monitoring and reporting
Maintenance, service and refurbishment
Manufacturing process technology
Material development
Metallurgical services
Robotic manufacturing
Virtual prototyping


CAST Consult – Material Development
CSIRO – Discrete Element Modelling
Interfleet – Wagon and Bogie Dynamic Simulation
LEAP – Computated Fluid Dynamics development
Miner – Draftgear and Sidebearer Technology
Monash University/IRT (Institute of Rail Technology)
– Fatigue Analysis and Material Testing
SKM – Instrumentation and Noise Analysis
TUNRA (The University of Newcastle Research
Association) – Bulk materials handling
University of Queensland – Material Development