End of Financial Year Update
2020 has not been the year any of us were hoping for. This has caused some re-shuffling with the formatting of our team and how we operate. But despite all this, we have been increasingly busy. In the last six months, we have built 11 cranes, won four major projects, and completed 192 breakdowns and services.
COVID-19 AND THE BUSINESS
There is not a single company that cannot say they have not felt the effects of COVID-19. We kept a watch over the restrictions and Scott Morrison’s updates on the situation and are grateful that unlike Europe, our industry was able to keep working.
We implemented a strict cleaning regime. All desks and offices were cleaned and wiped down every hour (or after a visitor had left). Hand hygiene became a big focus and we encouraged our employees to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. All visitors were encouraged to wash their hands upon entering and before exiting the building.
We felt the term “non-essential” to describe employees was belittling, as all our staff are essential and vital within their roles. Marketing and Payroll took what they needed to work from home, meanwhile, the service manager stayed in the office. The Owner and Managing Directors alternated office days and worked from home where they could. Our electricians and boilermakers remained in the workshop and went on site. When we were discussing who could and could not work from home, our Workshop Foreman said “we can’t exactly work from home. I have nowhere to put the crane to weld it”.
External Challenges of COVID-19
The shipments of hoists that come from Europe were delayed. Due to the virus and the extra and necessary precautions placed by the Australian border control. Ships were being held out at sea before being allowed to dock. Once docked, there was a further waiting time before the cargo was released. This was an uncontrollable situation. We kept all clients waiting on cranes updated with the news. Once the hoists came through, the cranes were kitted out and sent to various mines and workshops across WA.
It also meant that there were delays in getting the work out to other regions around WA as permits had to be applied for and approved before our teams could travel.
Business was booming!
While general enquires halted, we received more serious enquires about cranes and services throughout March, April, and May. To meet the demand expanded our dynamic team by employing another boilermaker, electrician, and service manager (a job previously done by the owner).
Capital Cranes & Hoists (AUST) were delighted to be able to work to our full capacity over the pandemic, but even more delighted to see our office staff returning to work full time. We applaud Australians for doing everything they could so that life could return to normal as soon as possible.
During COVID-19, we started to see a greater call for products and services that are made in Australia. This kicked off the “Australian Owned” initiative. We were delighted to be given a 3-star badge meaning we are 100% Australian Owned.
We are proud to use local manufacturers, suppliers, and other industries to support our fabrication and maintenance departments. This means when you purchase one of our cranes or sign up for our maintenance services you can be assured that your money gets driven back through the Australian Economy at a time where it is needed the most.
Our Four Major Projects
The Boston Shaker Project
The Boston Shaker Underground Project is a new underground mine developed at Tropicana Gold Mine. The construction started at the end of 2019, and the mine is due to start producing gold in September 2020. As part of this project, Capital Cranes and Hoists (AUST) have designed and fabricated a 5 tonne overhead crane and a 1-tonne post crane.
The project is estimated to produce an estimated 732,000 oz of gold.
Carosue Dam Expansion Project
We have been commissioned to manufacture post cranes and monorails for Carosue Dam as they upgrade their equipment and operations.
The expansion project will up the plant’s processing capacity to a throughput of 3.2 tonnes per annum.
Capital Cranes & Hoists (AUST) are thrilled to be working alongside some major companies to help Carosue Dam reach their full potential.
The upgrade is expected to be completed towards the end of 2021.
John Holland Rail – Eliwana Mine and Rail project
John Holland has commissioned 19 cranes, each with a lifting capacity of 3.2 tonnes and several rails for the Eliwana Mine and Rail project – owned by Fortescue Metal Group.
The mine and rail project includes 143 Kms of rail development with an overall production rate of 170 million tonnes a year for the next 20 years.
The project is massive and there are a few companies including PIC who have been given contracts. Capital Cranes & Hoists (AUST) are ecstatic to be a part of this major project and to be given the opportunity to work alongside some major companies.
Karlawinda gold project
We have Manufactured a 10-tonne portal crane for Capricorn Metal’ Karlawinda Gold Project.
As another financial year draws to a close, we’d like to thank all the businesses who help support us and work alongside us, all our staff for their hard work and all our clients for choosing to support us. We hope the rest of 2020 and the start of this financial year runs smoother for everyone
Brent Pash and the staff at Capital Cranes & Hoists (AUST).