Harrop Engineering has entered into a joint venture with established key supplier, Australloy in order to consolidate its casting manufacturing operations.
Operating as Harrop Casting Technologies, the joint venture will involve the current Harrop Casting Technologies facility in Preston being integrated into Australloy’s premises in Wingfield, South Australia, effective from 1 March, 2015.
The initiative will allow Harrop Engineering’s manufacturing capacity in Preston to expand whilst providing greater economies of scale for their casting operations. Consolidation at the purpose-built Wingfield facility offers a significant growth in capacity, ensuring a long term future for Harrop Casting Technologies.
Harrop has a well-earned reputation over 60 years for engineering and supplying products for both OE manufacturers and the aftermarket. Since 1955, Harrop has built partnerships with a number of world-class vehicle and performance parts manufacturers.
According to Harrop General Manager, Heath Moore, the venture is the result of a 12 month strategic review by Harrop and reflects the company’s long-term commitment to maintaining manufacturing capability in Australia.
“The consolidation of our casting manufacturing assets is a good result for both organisations. It will bring synergies and new opportunities for increased die casting and larger envelope sand castings,” said Moore.
Loui Burke, Managing Director of Australloy said his organisation has developed a strong working relationship with Harrop.
“Their requirement for a wide variety of high integrity castings fits well with our capability and capacity as an established supplier of specialist aluminium castings for automotive, industrial and defence components,” he said.
“We see this joint venture as an important move to ensure that Australloy will successfully meet the challenges now facing traditional automotive suppliers.”