Sandvik Mining and Construction is about to replace six of its current Hunter Valley facilities with an integrated state-of-the-art centre near Newcastle in New South Wales to handle its manufacturing, assembly, distribution, research and development and after sales service.

The new Hunter Valley site (HVS) will be the company’s third major integrated facility to open in eastern Australia in as many years. Construction of the integrated centre is being completed on a 16 hectare site at Heatherbrae, making it one of Sandvik’s largest facilities in the world.

The Tomago, Mayfield, Caves Beach, Redhead and two operations at Hexham will be incorporated on the new site. The company says it will help to consolidate the rebranding of various acquisitions under the Sandvik name and continue to unify its business segments.

The company says its new site will also present increased opportunities to host regular customer open days and supplier days, as well as being a “one-stop shop” for a wide range of products and services.

In addition, the HVS will provide Sandvik with an increased ability to attract and maintain key personnel, by offering employees a modern, safe working environment, an opportunity to cross-skill across various operations and better future career advancement options.

About 600 employees and contractors will be working at the HVS when its doors open next month.

Along with assembly and manufacturing workshops, the HVS includes an industry-leading training facility for both staff and customers, a modern test track for assessing new products and a digital signage system for employee notices.

The whole site is powered by a 132 kW solar electricity system which is equivalent to 90 average sixed domestic roof solar systems.

Sandvik Mining and Construction is a leading global supplier of equipment, cemented-carbide tools, service and technical solutions for the excavation and sizing of rock and minerals in the mining and construction industries. It employs about 15,500 people.

In mid-2010, it opened a new multi-million dollar service and support branch in Mackay, replacing three separate facilities, to service the Central Queensland coalfields. In early 2008, it opened an integrated branch in Mt Isa, also combining three facilities into one, to service the Queensland Gulf region.

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