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Australian manufacturing’s quality add-ons

“Australia’s economic and social strength go hand in hand. The fundamental requirements include building a more dynamic and higher productivity economy; achieving a more inclusive economy and society; and ensuring that Australia moves decisively to net zero emissions by 2050. Australian manufacturing will play a central role in securing all these objectives.” – Australian Industry Group

Boosting the Australian manufacturing sector has never been more important. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent disputes with a belligerent China have highlighted the risks and vulnerabilities of our heavy reliance on offshore manufacturing.

But there are many other reasons why local manufacturing should be supported in major project procurements.

Manufacturing drives considerable benefits to the Australian economy: employment, productivity, self-sufficiency and innovation. Australian manufacturers invest heavily in equipment, technology, workplace safety, industrial relations partnerships and remuneration for their skilled workforce. We choose to do these things because we value quality, innovation and most importantly, our people.

Because we as a nation choose to invest in these quality factors, our manufacturing sector is not always the cheapest option for tenders or contracts. But these quality add-ons have considerable societal value – and that should be recognised and prioritised in government tenders.

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Workplace health and safety

Australia is a world leader in workplace health and safety. Australians have confidence that when we go to work, the conditions, equipment and requirements won’t put us in danger. When accidents do occur, the workers’ compensation insurance schemes in each state provide injured workers with important financial support. The framework for each state includes legislation, industry regulations, codes of practice and industry regulators who oversee compliance.

The Safe Work Australia Act 2008 and the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–22 drive improvements in work health and safety in Australia. Our standards are something to be proud of. They require vigilance and agility to maintain. But they come at considerable cost to businesses who implement and manage them.

The investments in workplace health and safety made by Australian businesses contribute to the health and wellbeing of working Australians. We wouldn’t have it any other way, but the considerable investments by businesses to maintain and improve workplace health and safety should be recognised and respected.

Minimum wage safety net

In 2019 Australia had the highest minimum wage in the OECD, and we are consistently ranked in the top three. It is a hallmark of our respect for each other and the value employers recognise in our people. The minimum wage helps our society avoid the polarising gaps in wealth and it underpins the egalitarian nature of Australian society.

Our high minimum wage comes at a cost for businesses who struggle to compete with international competitors who do not need to factor it.

Industrial relations protection

Australia’s Fair Work system was created by the Fair Work Act 2009. Features include national employment standards, awards that apply nationally for specific industries and occupations, the national minimum wage and protection from unfair dismissal.

Our industrial relations system ensures that workers’ rights are respected and their voices heard. Our best businesses have positive and productive relationships with employee groups and union representatives. Their input and feedback is valuable and contributes to productivity and innovation.

But when international competitors don’t need to invest the time or resources in employee and industrial relations, the playing field is not level, and again our efforts are added to the load to bear.

Superannuation

Superannuation became compulsory in 1992 under the Keating Labor Government. It was part of a wider reform package addressing Australia’s retirement income dilemma. Australia is now the fourth largest holder of pension fund assets in the world. As of 30 June 2020, the balance was AU$2.9 trillion[1]. Employers manage the administration and contribution payments for their employees.

Superannuation is an incredibly valuable system for Australian society to have in place, but the administration of payments falls to our companies. It’s another cost many of our international manufacturing competitors don’t necessarily have to factor.

A net zero emissions economy

As the world moves to more energy efficiency and reduces emissions, Australian manufacturers are moving too. Many already have. There’s no question this Is a priority for Australian businesses. But what of our international competitors? Are they evolving their systems and processes to have reduced environmental and emissions impacts? Once again, by doing the right thing, Australian manufacturers may find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.

A mutually beneficial choice

We all believe in a competitive business environment, but it is often impossible for Australian manufacturers to compete on price. Cost is a one-dimension aspect of a procurement. Quality, environmental and ethical considerations are increasingly shaping consumer choice. They should also be a considerable influence on government procurement for major projects.

Manufacturers don’t ask for hand-outs. We do ask federal, state and local governments give Australian manufacturers the most serious consideration on major procurement contracts and ensure local procurement targets are met. The trickle-down effects to local tier suppliers will be considerable, and the manufacturing sector will return the support with considerable interest.

Australian businesses like ours have done the work to invest in the standards and compliances that add residual value to our local products. We bring with our tender submissions the considerable quality add-ons that are part of the cost of doing business in Australia. Governments should respond by recognising these add-ons. A mutually beneficial relationship depends on it.

 

[1] https://www.superannuation.asn.au/ArticleDocuments/269/SuperStats-Dec2020.pdf.aspx?Embed=Y

Handrails for the new Avon River Bridge

We are proud to have been a tier supplier for handrails on the new Avon River Bridge at Stratford, Victoria. It’s part of Rail Projects Victoria’s upgrade of the Gippsland Line which will deliver improved train services to the growing communities of Gippsland.

The project was finished ahead of schedule, and during the pandemic – a great outcome for everyone involved. Trains will begin crossing the bridge in early December 2020.

In December 2018, Heritage Council of Victoria included the old Avon River Bridge on the Victorian Heritage Register. The bridge was considered significant due to its clear association with the development of Victoria’s railway network.

The new Avon River Bridge will improve reliability for passenger train services. Trains will be able to travel at up to 90 km/h on the new structure, a significant improvement on the 10 km/h speed limit on the old bridge.

A key focus of Rail Projects Victoria’s upgrade of the Gippsland Line has been growing local jobs and capability. Construction and infrastructure projects in the regions create huge flow-on effect for local communities, providing work as well as training opportunities. In this case many local subcontractors were engaged as part of the project.

An artists rendition of the Avon River Bridge
Image courtesy of Rail Projects Victoria

 

Logistics aren’t an issue when it’s made locally

This year Australian businesses have been devastated by COVID-19.

Supply chain disruptions across the globe have forced manufacturers to shut down, risking hundreds of jobs. Many contracts have been lost and economies have been driven to the brink of collapse.

Here in Australia our local businesses have suffered. Many are still struggling to recover, fronting losses that may take years to bounce back from.

The pandemic has illustrated how problematic our reliance on overseas supply chains can be.

According to KPMG:

The shutdown of entire industries and countries during the COVID-19 crisis has caused disruption to global supply chains that many businesses would have thought unimaginable. To avoid disruption on this scale again, companies will critically re-examine their supply chains and restructure flows and networks to build resilience and seek to avoid over-dependency on a particular country or region.

As a business that produces 100% of its content locally, we are proud to say that we were here to urgently pick up the pieces for many manufacturing projects. While many businesses pulled-back during this turbulent time, we doubled down and invested in cutting-edge machinery to offer the fastest and best quality built to print content around.

By using a local supplier, you’ll ensure things are made to the highest quality Australian standards. We’ll achieve the tailored solutions you want every time, as soon as you need us, wherever you are. When it’s made locally, logistics aren’t an issue.

Buying local also contributes to a reduced carbon footprint. It’s worth noting that our production facility incorporates solar panels and bio-diesel co-generation to reduce our reliance on the grid and helping us to reach our goal of zero emissions.

Most importantly, when you source locally, you’re keeping money in the Australian economy – and that’s exactly what we need right now to help industries get back on their feet.

Sparks

Case study: Chevron

We recently supplied a bump rail and ladder assembly for a production facility at Chevron’s Gorgon Project in WA.

This unmanned well head platform had significant wear and tear. Corrosion had compromised the integrity of the assembly. Of particular concern to the client was the old bump rail and ladder. A new ladder assembly was urgently needed for crews to safely dock and climb onto that part of the facility.

We were called in by Rhino Consulting to help.

Installers were concerned that the new component would not fit properly, making it more complicated and less reliable to use. 

But in this instance, the precision and quality of the new ladder assembly we created made installation a formality, and the client expressed their relief and gratitude.

Our expertise is in crafting and manufacturing engineered, built to print structural components and related solutions. We see ourselves as more than a company that sells components. Our clients rely upon our expertise and the solutions we can provide to their logistical challenges like this one.

Flawless assembly

Client representative Stan Kopec, expressed appreciation for the quality of our work.

“Everyone is happy with the result. We have used (and at times abused) the bump rails since the installation and so far there has been no movement even following a few decent bumps with the boat,” he said.

“The fit was perfect. The long studs I had to pull the clamp rings together were not required due to the accuracy of fabrication. The finished result has the planned 100mm gap between clamp ring flanges.”

We are proud that our precision assembly created an even better fit than typically given. The client found that our ladder assembly exceeded their high expectations.

Quality solutions

Our goal is to do our best job, on every job, exceeding client expectations, and supporting our partners with top tier solutions. We always go the extra mile for our customers.

In this case, not only did the client appreciate our attention to detail and the reliable product solution, they were proud to support a local manufacturer for the job.

 

Bending the rules

Metal bending and coiling is something few people think much about. But it’s a key ingredient of the manufacturing process for an amazing array of components in cars, planes, furniture, refrigerators, trains, defence equipment, street barriers used in cafés – to name just a few.

The costs of tooling-up for manufacturing components that require metal bending or coiling can be huge. Then there’s the problem of keeping staff who have the specialist skills needed to achieve a consistent quality product that meets specifications every time. Add to that the fact that many companies don’t need metal bending capabilities all the time.

Eventually, you come up with the best rule for bending: outsourcing.

Outsourcing to the experts helps you control costs, minimise stock inventory, improve quality and increase productivity.

Big businesses have been getting the benefits of outsourcing for a long time. They know that people who are the experts in a particular field do it better and cheaper.

Smaller businesses sometimes find it harder to let go of what they see as control over their businesses. They’re used to directly managing their own processes and people. But in fact they can have more control when they outsource, and the rewards of building relationships with great outsource partners can be significant.

ABECK act as the ‘bending department’ for manufacturers around Australia who want to contain their costs and maintain high quality standards.

A major Australian manufacturer of auto accessories recently told Manufacturers Monthly:

“We used to manufacture in-house, but found high costs and labour inefficiencies that resulted in waste had got right out of hand. We negotiated an agreement with ABECK which means that we get on-spec components precisely when we need them, we pay only for what we order, we don’t have to train up staff for jobs that they’re not doing all the time – and we don’t have to keep updating our tooling. Not only that, ABECK passes-on savings that result from the fact that they keep improving their tooling and processes. It works for us.”

While we specialise in production runs, we can also tackle just about anything metal, bending and rolling to 114 mm Ø – tube, pipe, RHS, angle, flats or channel. We will also do prototyping or special jobs.

We have also been through the rigorous assessments required for Defence accredited supplier rating.

ABECK offer a competitively priced service to suit your needs. 

Don’t bend over backwards trying to solve your problems, contact us for a quote.

 

coiled steel

Preventing slips, trips and falls

Fifteen percent of workplace injury claims are caused by slips, trips and falls. The total cost to the economy of a fall in the workplace is 5.5 billion per annum. It takes the average worker 5.4 weeks to return to work after one of these injuries. Clearly, this needs to be improved upon.

The facts about ‘Slips, Trips & Falls’ are frightening:

  • More than 25% of slips, trips and falls resulted in an average of 31 days away from work in 2015
  • Slips, trips and falls cost employers more than $5.4 billion dollars in compensation and medical costs
  • 40% of all nursing home admissions are due to falls
  • Falls are the sixth leading cause of death among people aged 70 years or older
  • Slips, trips and falls were the number one cause on non-fatal injuries in 2015, resulting in over 32% of all ER visits (motor vehicle accidents accounted for 10.8%)

Our KAG safety rail is one possible solution. We are pleased to be the exclusive Australian distributors of it.

Prevention is better than cure. This new, ground-breaking style of handrail will go a long way to reducing the number of slips, trips and falls in the workplace, accommodation premises and the home. Recently tested by the University of Queensland, the KAG safety rail improves grip in wet, soapy or oily conditions by up to 300%.

The KAG safety rail was developed in Brisbane. It is quickly gaining acceptance in a wide range of industries. It is available in many different forms, and is suitable for use in aged care facilities, disabled amenities and a range of industrial applications.

 

KAG safety rail

Modular Handrail experts appoint new Business Development Manager for Western Australia

ABECK Group continues to grow its Perth operations with the recent appointment of Jake van Rensburg as its Business Development Manager. Jake has over 23 years’ experience in business and management in Australia, the USA and New Zealand. He has a proven track record of delivering results and he will be a strong advocate for ABECK Group.

Developing into one of Australia’s most respected, innovative suppliers of Industrial Engineered Products, ABeCK Group brings together two vibrant, energetic companies with proven track records of delivering customer satisfaction;

Founded in 1991, A Bending Company Pty Ltd, is a dynamic, midsized ‘build to print’ engineering company specializing in structural tube, pipe and section components, formed and fabricated to customers’ standards. Established in response to a marketplace demanding a higher level of service throughout industry, A Bending Company has achieved a significant market share due to its ability to listen and respond to the needs of customers.

Kazed Industrial Solutions, launched in 2004, has expanded from the original modular fittings concept into a portfolio of diverse safety & labour saving solutions for industry. It has become the supplier of choice for leading Australian construction, infrastructure and manufacturing companies.

Modular handrail systems provide a simple, no-nonsense approach. They are designed to take the hard work out of the project. No welding, no drilling, no threading makes this system safe, easy to install and gives you the strength and flexibility to make changes on site without the need to enter into complex and costly redesigning or reworks. It’s as simple as building Lego! The range includes disability handrails, guard rails, pedestrian barriers, balustrades, bikeway barriers and modular pipe structures. Engineers and Maintenance Managers can spend less time designing and planning.

“Modular handrails are the solution that major companies turn to here in the west. Shutdowns are easier to plan and manage. Modular systems don’t need hot work permits and customers know they can save cost, and still maintain the highest safety standards on mining sites and platforms,” according to Trevor Hardwick, General Manager of a leading maintenance contractor.

ABECK Group supplies specialized engineering products and services to a wide variety of clients throughout Australia. Diverse industry sectors such as Mining, Building & Construction, Transportation, Ship Building, Defence, Offshore Platforms, Power Generation and Water Utilities use modular handrail systems.

ABECK continues to develop key relationships with local and overseas manufacturers and has a strong track record of delivering the right solution, at the right time.

Contact Jake van Rensburg via phone on 1800 236 337 or 0406 321 805

Website: www.abeckgroup.com.au
Email: Jake.vanRensburg@abeckgroup.com.au

Perth Office:
28 Baile Road
Canning Vale WA 6155

Phone: 1800 236 337
Mobile: 0406 321 805

Railings, platforms and racks – why buy local?

From construction companies to mining, utilities, defence and transport; Australian industries need to stick together. You might have read that the Victorian government has recently pledged to use all Australian manufacturers for 50% of future trains. It’s a step in the right direction.

But it’s not just the trains we need to consider. Railings, platforms, grating and bike racks are all part of Australia’s transport infrastructure. At ABECK, we think there are five indisputable reasons why you should use a local manufacturer for all your engineered structural products.

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Seven reasons you should be buying local

Here are seven reasons why you should be buying from an Australian owned and operated business.

It keeps money in the local economy

Research shows that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business more than $83 is likely to stay here versus less than $29 when spent with a foreign owned business.

You will keep profits and taxes in the Australian economy

How often do you hear of profits going offshore and multi-nationals paying almost no tax? Profits retained in our economy help balance the budget and provide much needed services that benefit Australians from all walks of life.

You will help maintain a local manufacturing base and help retain much needed skills in Australia

Trade skills are like riding a bike, you never forget. As a nation, can we afford not to teach trade skills to our kids and grandkids? If not, those skills will be lost forever. Imagine a whole generation that doesn’t know how to ride a bike? That could happen to our trade skills.

You’ll be taking advantage of our home grown expertise

Locally owned business have a vested interest in knowing how best to serve you. So why not take advantage of knowing that the owner of the business you buy from is a fellow Australian and will be more than likely to have your best interests at heart.

You will help retain and create Australians jobs

Local companies are better at creating higher paying jobs for local people. Every direct job in manufacturing leads to another 4.3 jobs in the local economy.

You will be buying products built to Australian safety, quality and environmental standards

Can you be sure that the product you buy will be made to the standards that you expect?

You’ll be getting value for money

Australian made products are something we can all be proud of, products built up to a standard, not down to a price.

What excuse will you use for not buying Australian made goods?

Buying from an Australian owned and operated company makes sense. Before every purchase, take a few minutes to consider where your money will go, make a conscious decision to support your local business owner.

Two engineers on an industrial working site

 

Australian Gas Technology Show

AUSTRALIAN GAS TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
25-27 JULY, PERTH CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE

Don’t miss your opportunity to visit us at Western Australia’s only gas technology event, the Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT) from 25-27 July.

There’s no event like it.

AGT will delve into Australia’s gas industry like no other event, throwing the spotlight on innovation and technology in gas processing and the construction and operation of LNG facilities, associated pipelines and exporting terminals.

You’ll discover the latest technology, products and services from Kazed Industrial Solutions and more than 120 exhibitors at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre over three huge days.

WINING, DINNING & NETWORKING

The business of AGT will not be limited to the exhibition stands and conference rooms, with a range of social events and networking areas designed to provide ample opportunities to relax, mingle and build new business connections with other industry decision makers.

In what promises to be a highlight in the gas industry’s social calendar, the Australian Gas Technology Dinner will deliver a night of fine wining, dinning and entertainment with host James O’Loughlin on 26 July.

You’ll also have the chance to meet and build new business connections at the AGT Happy Hour in the Virgin Australia Lounge on Wednesday 25 July from 5pm – 6pm.

WHISKY TASTING

Whisky and rum connoisseurs will also find plenty to enjoy at AGT, with GK Communications hosting free tastings from Limeburners, island2island Beverage Company and Angostura.
Limeburners showcasing their whiskies on Wednesday 25th July 3pm – 6pm.
Angostura showcasing their rum on Thursday 26th July 2pm – 5pm.
island2island Beverage Company showcasing their whiskies on Thursday 26th July 2pm – 5pm.

Visitors will also go into the draw to win a bottle of Limeburners single malt whisky and a Glendronach “Original” 12-year-old single malt scotch whisky.

UNLOCKING AUSTRALIA’S GAS POTENTIAL

Away from the hustle and bustle of the exhibition floor, the AGT Conference will tackle the latest technical and commercial issues facing the Australian gas industry.

With a theme of ‘Unlocking Australia’s gas potential’, the conference will feature technical and commercial streams with keynote speakers including Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Norman Moore, Shell Australia’s Ann Pickard and GE Oil & Gas’ David Leslie.

FREE SEMINARS FOR EMPLOYERS

The free Careers and Training Seminars at AGT will address the pending skills shortage challenge, facing the gas industry with specially targeted seminar topics including:
– Upskilling and the next step in your career
– Women in the gas industry
– Training and Apprenticeships
– Employing and training indigenous workers

The seminars will include speakers from CCI WA, IFAP, National Apprenticeship Program, The Resource Channel, Crest, Central TAFE, Clontarf Foundation, JP Kenny, GE Oil & Gas, Schlumberger and more

SAVE TIME AND REGISTER ONLINE

If you’re a decision maker in the gas industry, AGT is the one event you can’t afford to miss.

CLICK HERE to register free. You’ll find Kazed Industrial Solutions at stand C19 at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25-27 July.

OPENING HOURS

Wednesday 25 July 10.30am – 6.30pm
Thursday 26 July 10.30am – 5pm
Friday 27 July 10.30am – 4pm

Eastern Treatment Alliance selects Kazed as preferred supplier

Kazed Industrial Solutions has recently completed the supply contract for the modular handrail systems as part of the recent upgrade at the Easter Treatment plant in Carrum. Plant managers were frustrated with the old style ‘ball stanchion’ handrails, an out-dated method due to major concerns with rusting and high maintenance costs. The project was well under way and a solution was needed fast and the answer was modular pipe fittings by Master Klamp, distributed Australia wide by Kazed Industrial Solutions.

The Master Klamp range of pipe fittings enables you to build different configurations of handrail, guardrail and safety barriers with a minimum of fuss. No welding, no threading, no bolting, the versatile nature of installation was just one of the reasons that Master Klamp modular handrails were chosen by the Eastern Treatment Alliance on this important infrastructure project.

Master Klamp is one of the leading manufacturers of pipe fittings in the world due to its exclusive design and unlimited installation configurations. Any variations on site are dealt with quickly and cost effectively ensuring that costly delays do not occur and being fully modular, no specialist trades or tools are needed on site enabling you to install in full, on time and under budget. Additionally, Master Klamp reduces the reliance on traditional welded systems, providing high corrosion resistance.

A project manager from one installation contractor commented that “Master Klamp made our life so much easier, we saved a lot of time by not having to pre fabricate in the factory as welding was not permitted on site so we could just go there a build the handrails like a big meccano set and any time a change was made by the site foreman it didn’t cost us any extra and we could finish the job on time when changes usually mean we are stuck there for longer”

On your next project, consider Master Klamp modular handrail systems. For more information contact Kazed Industrial Solutions on  1 800 236 337 or visit the website at: www.kazed.com.au

A Bending Company celebrates 20 years

A Bending Company is celebrating twenty years of manufacturing operations in Dandenong, Victoria.
Since starting in May 1992, A Bending Company has grown from a small, start-up company, to one of the leading metal bending companies in Australia. Providing its unique bending services to many different organisations, from SME’s to large multi-national manufacturers and everything in between, the company is at the forefront of the most demanding industry sectors; Defence, Rail, Offshore, Mining and Infrastructure to name a few. An established ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed company and Defence Accredited Supplier, A Bending Company acts as the “Bending Department” for numerous Australian and overseas manufacturers, who need to deliver results, contain costs and maintain the highest quality standards.

Reflecting on the past 20 years, Founder and Managing Director, Peter Angelico, recalled some of the struggles of the early days, “Starting from scratch without any prior knowledge of the industry was a massive challenge and considering that 95% of start-ups fail in the first five years, to be still going strong after twenty is something that we are all proud of. We have so much to be thankful for: to our customers for their ongoing support; to the industry Associations such as SEMMA and AIDN for their encouragement and assistance; to our suppliers for their service; and most importantly, to our staff for their dedication and commitment.”
He adds: “Over the past 20 years, we have all seen many changes: the economy has struggled in recent times and manufacturing is going through major upheavals and we are well placed to take advantage of these changes because we can adapt to customer demands quickly. Our business is driven by what the customer wants; after all it’s the customer who pays the wages”
Team Leader Shane, who has recently clocked up 15 years with the company, commented “A Bending is a great place to work, we get looked after by the boss and all the guys get on really well and we always seem to have plenty of work. With all the stuff in the papers about the carbon tax and everything else going on I’d rather be working here than anywhere else”
Over the next few years the company will further develop opportunities in the booming market sectors such as mining and offshore as well as some of its traditional markets. If you want complete Tube, Pipe & Section component solutions for your projects, then look no further than A Bending Company for a competitively priced service. Call anytime on 03 9706 4440 or visit their website: www.abending.com

Next generation of modular handrail systems

The next generation of MasterKlamp handrail systems is now available throughout Australia from Kazed Industrial Solutions and its distribution network. This unique system provides you with substantial on-site labour savings and a reduced design input. Designed with your installers in mind, it gives you the flexibility to easily overcome the inevitable on-site hassles that go along with most industrial and commercial building sites.
Kazed have been providing Australian industry with a cost effective handrail solutions since 2005 and as the pioneers of the modular concept in Australia, Kazed, in partnership with MasterKlamp, have now taken it to the next level as the only worldwide provider of a fully interchangeable system that allows for reducing pipe sizes across the entire installation.
On-site welding of ball stanchions is a thing of the past and more and more architects, specifiers and engineers are demanding the modular MasterKlamp system because they know how important it is to save time on site.
According to Kazed Founder & Managing Director, Peter Angelico, “MasterKlamp effectively reduces the time needed to design and fabricate a handrail system. The result for our customers is a reduction in the costs and labour usually taken to fit a handrail system. One customer reported an on-site labour saving of over 38% of man hours on a recent project in the water treatment industry ”

The unique ‘reduction’ fittings are designed to ensure structural integrity without requiring any on site welding, whilst the handrail itself is quick and easy to install with semi-skilled labour. The only fittings with a fully galvanised finish, they are manufactured with malleable steel and produce a robust solution that is strong, durable and safe.

The exclusive modular design of the pipe fittings also mean the MasterKlamp system can be configured in a number of ways, ensuring compliance with the Australian Standard for Stairs, Walkways & platforms, AS1657, as well as the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)

Fully galvanised, MasterKlamp fittings can be powder coated or wet sprayed to suit any application, including offshore. MasterKlamp modular handrails are safe and easy to install and give you a robust handrail solution providing maximum strength, flexibility and endurance. The simplicity of MasterKlamp gives you the complete modular handrail system and the competitive advantage you’ve been looking for.

Handrail Solutions protect Primary School kids

A recently completed project at Kunyung Primary School on the Mornington Peninsula has demonstrated the benefits of using a modular handrails systems. With a tight budget and even tighter leadtimes, the MasterKlamp System, distributed throughout Australia by Kazed Industrial Solutions, enabled A Bending Company to complete the installation on time and under budget.

Since being founded in 1991 the company has offered professional engineering services to a wide variety of customers throughout Australia and overseas. We have rapidly grown to become the supplier of choice for many of the leading Australian manufacturing companies. Our services are used in industry sectors as diverse as Defence, Manufacturing, Architectural, Construction, Mining, Infrastructure and Utilities. We have become widely known for our willingness to take on the most challenging work and delivering results for our customers.

With a strong customer focus and commitment to Quality, On-time Delivery and Value for Money, we continuously strive to develop our extensive range of equipment and techniques by which we have earned our high reputation.

Already an established ISO 9001 Quality Endorsed company, A Bending Company has also undertaken and passed the rigorous assessment process to obtain a “Defence Accredited Supplier” rating. We act as the “Bending Department” for numerous Australian manufacturers, who need to deliver results, contain costs and maintain the highest quality standards.

We offer a competitively priced service to suit your requirements; our flexibility and versatility give you the comfort of knowing that you are being looked after properly. We are small enough to know you, yet large enough to cater for all of your needs.

Why is manufacturing struggling?

The government has blown the opportunity to do something positive for manufacturing with today’s announcement of the totally unnecessary Manufacturing Taskforce. Of the 23 people appointed to the taskforce, how many have any hands-on experience in running a manufacturing business, particularly at the SME level? We should not be surprised that the taskforce includes no less than six unions, yet not one of them has ever owned or operated a manufacturing company of any size. And why is it that Japan has an extremely competitive manufacturing industry yet they too have high cost of living and high wages in a similar mature economy such as Australia’s? This is before the negative impact of a carbon tax which will further reduce our competitiveness.

There are many challenges facing industry at present, the high dollar, cheap imports, the carbon tax, inflexible workplace laws as well as a total lack of understanding & support from Federal Labor. Manufacturing doesn’t need, nor want a free kick in front of goal, they will take their chances at the centre bounce, yet regressive industry policies coming out of Canberra (not to mention 11 years of inaction by State Labor) prevent many manufacturing businesses from even spectating, let alone being part of the action. The good news is that manufacturing isn’t dead yet, it’s changing and evolving and there is a high level of resilience within, particularly from the SME manufacturers, yet their patience is being severely tested and if the government want to do something to help manufacturing they should stay out of the way and leave manufacturers to do what they do best; innovate, create wealth and provide employment for Australians from all walks of life. Sadly Gillard, Carr, the union’s et al, just don’t get it, in this instance, doing nothing would be a positive thing! If you really want to reform or improve manufacturing, talk to the customers, they are the only ones who truly understand the frustrations of manufacturing in Australia and they too will provide the solutions, not those who arguably, have contributed to the problems in the first place.

The significance of manufacturing should not be underestimated, bringing numerous employment openings for the trades and semi-skilled occupations, as well as the crucial flow on effects to other careers, for example, sales, administration, marketing, accounting & design etc. All of these and many others rely on a strong manufacturing base. There is also a significant social aspect to manufacturing which is never talked about, that of employment for young Australians, particularly those who struggle in school and don’t want to be there and quite often they slip through the cracks. (I was one of them many years ago)

The apprenticeships and semi-skilled opportunities that a strong manufacturing (and building) sector provide give hope to these young people and others such as migrants, those with mild disabilities and mental health issues to name a few. A viable manufacturing base can provide opportunities to get a start in life. More often than not, getting that start can be the catalyst for a productive career and becoming a contributor to society rather than be a drain on the public purse. A strong manufacturing base can provide similar opportunities to many Australians who may not have hope for a future, these are the forgotten people of society and they deserve our support, not just another Labor talkfest.

Peter Angelico

Managing Director – A Bending Company Pty Ltd

Fittings help achieve delivery targets for offshore patrol vessels

With a tight budget, tight deadline and hot work restrictions the safest and most cost effective solution is a Kazed modular handrail system. Structurally rated, MasterKlamp fittings have been used in marine applications for over 70 years. In the harsh environment of an engine room you can’t afford to make mistakes! With a short leadtime and no time when you need it fast, the best choice is Kazed modular handrails.

From a complex handrail system inside a patrol vessel to an industrial high rise platform, MasterKlamp fittings offer versatility that’s hard to match. Use of MasterKlamp structural fittings is well understood by major engineering firms and their contractors as MasterKlamp fittings are completely in tune with today’s need for quick, safe installations. Get the jump on your competitors by changing to the next generation of modular handrail systems.

Available from Kazed Industrial Solutions and through their distribution network, save time and money on your next handrail project with MasterKlamp fittings!

 

Platform Handrail – Roof edge protection

Kazed Industrial Solutions offers the next generation alternative to traditional welded handrail systems using Kee Lite aluminium & Kee Klamp galvanised safety components. The railing systems are designed to reduce the difficulty of installing and repairing platform handrail

Kee Klamp has released the KeeGuard modular roof edge protection system. They are tested to AS 1657: 1992 and use a small number of light components for quick and easy installation. The system has also been designed to have an unobtrusive appearance.

It is comprised of prefabricated components including a main upright, a main counterbalance and free end assemblies, designed for use on runs where no wall fixing is available. All assemblies are designed for use with 42.4mm and 48.3mm outside diameter tubing and standard fittings from the Kee Klamp range. It is suitable for roof edge guardrailing, walkway demarcation, and stairwell, open lift shaft and other fall prevention applications. The system also allows for integral kickboard fixing to save even greater time and cost on site.

Adjustable uprights allow up to 11° raking movement, providing a more discrete appearance viewed from ground level. The system does not penetrate the roof membrane. It is suitable for new or existing roof structures and is versatile enough to adapt to most roof edge profiles and changes in levels. Sections can be taken down and re-erected as necessary, should existing buildings or roof areas be extended or altered in any way. All areas in contact with the roof have an anti-slip rubber pad.

The system uses a galvanised finish for long-lasting, reliable performance. Fittings are also supplied with case-hardened steel grub screws incorporating KeeKoat corrosion protection. The screws provide a strong, rigid, maintenance-free connection for the lifetime of an installation.

The system requires no special skills or tools to install.