The State Government has welcomed a decision by conveyor-belt manufacturer Fenner Dunlop Australia to build its new $70million plant in Western Australia.
Industry and Enterprise Minister Francis Logan said the plant would be the largest and most technically advanced of its kind in the world and would create at least 150 new jobs.
Mr Logan said construction of the state-of-the-art facility on Mounsey Road in Kwinana would begin in May and was expected to be completed by April 2009.
The Minister said the plant would produce and supply high performance, heavyweight conveyor belting using steel reinforced rubber.
“Fenner Dunlop Australia’s decision to invest in Perth will significantly strengthen WA’s manufacturing industry,” he said.
“This is a very exciting new project that will bring many benefits to the State.
“At the moment, the WA resources and industrial sectors have no option but to import a large percentage of their heavyweight conveyor belting.
“Having a locally-based conveyor belt manufacturer will reduce lead times for the resources industry, increase production from mine sites, improve materials handling at ports and increase the export capabilities of resources companies.”
Mr Logan said the plant would incorporate a research and development centre of excellence for conveyor and materials technology and a modern training school.
The facility would also have a low environmental impact, with no hazardous waste produced.
The Minister congratulated the Department of Industry and Resources for facilitating and attracting the project to WA, to the benefit of the local resources and industrial sectors.
“Fenner Dunlop Australia’s total investment in the facility, including land purchase, is approximately $70million,” he said.
“In addition to creating many new jobs, the project also has potential export capabilities to markets in China, India and Africa.”
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