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Schlam to provide MEM support to Rio’s Pilbara iron ore ops

Schlam says it has been selected to sit on a panel to provide mining equipment maintenance (MEM) support for Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) across its operations in the Pilbara of Western Australia.

The company is one of three firms tasked with providing support to the major, with the three-year contract incorporating various trades, including heavy-duty mechanics, auto electricians, light vehicle mechanics, boilermakers and more.

Schlam Chief Executive Officer, Matt Thomas, said being invited to the panel was a fantastic opportunity for the company.

“Being invited to sit on this panel would not have been possible without our team putting in the hard work on-site that they have done up until now to show what we’re capable of,” he said.

“Over the past six to 12 months, our team has demonstrated a commitment to safety and quality, world-class trade skills and excellence in customer service. I thank everyone who has contributed to this win for the company and hope that it’s one of many more to come soon.”

Schlam names new CEO, CFO as it focuses on three-year growth plan

Mining products and services provider, Schlam, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Matt Thomas (pictured), and new Chief Financial Officer, Ron Kurniadi. Current CEO and Founder, Ryan Schlam, will continue as Executive Director on the Schlam Board.

Thomas is an experienced CEO who has previously held similar positions with Coffey International, ASCO Group and hard-rock mineral seismic exploration company HiSeis, Schlam said.

Ryan Schlam said: “Matt brings to Schlam the capacity to lead and drive our three-year strategic plan with a heightened level of organisational governance and operational discipline. His experience building and mentoring high-performance teams, knowledge of the mining and minerals industry and a commitment to our ideology, makes him a great fit for a company on the growth trajectory such as ours.”

Kurniadi joins Schlam as CFO having gathered extensive experience from similar roles in both Australia and Southeast Asia at companies such as Clough, AGC and UGL. In his role, Kurniadi will act as Company Secretary for all Schlam entities.

Ryan Schlam said: “While Schlam already has products on six continents, we believe that to achieve our goal of being on every mine site in the world we need a CFO with international exposure and knowledge. Ron gives us this and more in spades.”

The new CEO and CFO will focus on Schlam’s three-year strategic growth plan, allowing Ryan Schlam to concentrate on efforts beyond this timeline, the company said.

“Schlam has grown from a small manufacturing business in Western Australia’s south to a company of global significance. While I am immensely proud of our achievements to date, I also believe that Matt and Ron are the right people to steer us into the future,” Ryan Schlam concluded.