Global conveyor components OEM PROK has opened a new specialist conveyor service centre in Newman, Western Australia, to provide local conveyor solutions and products to the Pilbara region.
As one of the largest manufacturers of conveyor idlers and pulleys in the world, the opening of PROK Pilbara is a major milestone and provides the opportunity to be closer to key iron ore operations, the company said.
PROK recently held a grand opening event at the new workshop attended by around 60 people including customers and representatives from the local community.
Speaking at the event, PROK Business Unit Manager – Technical Services, Arun Bangalore, said the new facility means customers will have access to expert conveyor solutions right on their doorstep.
“The opening of PROK Pilbara means we will be even more agile to customer requests with quicker turnaround times, local support and access to the best engineers and technicians in the market,” he said.
“With so many mine sites located in and around Newman, it was the perfect location and it makes sense for us to be located here with our customers.”
The workshop is fully equipped for pulley refurbishment, general fabrication and fitting services and provides mining companies with access to local expert technical specialists and engineering support.
The 4,000 sq.m site also includes pulley testing equipment, including vibration analysis testing and dynamic balancing, providing customers with access to the latest in condition monitoring technology, PROK said.
“Mining companies no longer need to send their equipment to Perth, they now have a local engineering workshop that offers everything they need to optimise their conveyor system,” Bangalore added.
As well as providing expert conveyor solutions, PROK will have a big focus on directly contributing to the local Pilbara community.
“Supporting the local community and customers is a key pillar of PROK Pilbara’s strategy and we see major benefits including creating employment opportunities, engaging with local suppliers, providing support to community groups, local charities and sporting groups and executing the PROK Indigenous Engagement Program,” Bangalore said.