Elphinstone, Orica’s explosive partnership delivers first units
Elphinstone is creating North-West jobs and “having a blast” at the same time. The advanced manufacturer has teamed with explosives giant Orica Limited to design and build mobile units to deliver bulk explosives to mine sites.
The Bulkmaster 7 units are being built at Wynyard and sell for about $1.2 million. Elphinstone managing director Kelly Elphinstone said the company had 45 direct jobs associated with the product at this stage and was looking to almost double that in six to 12 months if production increased.
That would be another win for the fast-growing company, which had 68 employees in 2013 and now has 254.
The outlook for the Bulkmaster 7s appears to be strong. Ms Elphinstone said a five-year supply contract for 100 units had been signed, with an order received for the first 20. The first two started operations at Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine in the Pilbara earlier in March.
Orica group executive and president, Australia Pacific and Asia, Darryl Cuzzubbo said the early focus would be on Australian sales. An export sales push would follow, and there was some interest from Indonesia.
“Orica is a global leader in blasting innovation, and we’re proud that our investment in technology is translating to new jobs in regional Australia,”
Mr Cuzzubbo said.
“We’ve combined Orica’s expertise in blasting and knowledge of our customers’ needs with Elphinstone’s manufacturing know-how to create the next generation in explosives delivery system technology.