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Highly anticipated Naval Shipbuilding Plan

The Australian Government has released the highly anticipated Naval Shipbuilding Plan, outlining the nation’s largest ever programme of naval shipbuilding and sustainment.

Naval Shipbuilding Plan | Map of Henderson Maritime Precinct (left) and Osborne Naval Shipyard (right) Image credit:

Naval Shipbuilding Plan | Map of Henderson Maritime Precinct (left) and Osborne Naval Shipyard (right) Image credit:

Defence Minister Marise Payne said the plan includes a $1.3 billion investment in the nation’s shipyards to enable continuous build of the Navy’s next generation of naval vessels in the country.

“This Plan will ensure delivery of these modern defence capabilities set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper, creating thousands of jobs and securing the naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry for future generations of Australians,” the Minister said.

“We are embarking on a great national endeavour. We will transform our naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry here in Australia, with Australian workers, in Australian shipyards, using Australian resources.”

The plan envisions the shipbuilding infrastructure development to be completed by the second half of 2019 to enable the Future Frigate program to commence on time by 2020.

It also states that the naval shipbuilding workforce is expected to grow to around 5,200 workers by the mid to late 2020s, with more than double this number of workers in sustainment activities and throughout supply chains across Australia.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Service

Peter Gourley joined White Industries on 11 March 2002 in our Machine Shop to operate the CNC Lathes. Pete was a good catch for us then, as the machining side of our business was growing and Pete had had lots of experience working on CNC Lathes having been a foreman in the Connor Shea Napier machine shop (first engineering shop in Dalby to purchase a CNC Lathe).

Now 15 years on Pete is a vital part of who White Industries are today. He’s seen lots of changes in the Machine Shop with the growth and purchase of many CNC lathes.

In honour of Pete’s service, a staff BBQ as organised where Craig, Bruce and Neil White presented Pete with a White Industries Garden Bench Seat.

Peter Gourley being presented his chair by Bruce, Neil (standing) and Craig (sitting)

Peter Gourley being presented his chair by Bruce, Neil (standing) and Craig (sitting)

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Support Continues For Trade Futures at Dalby State High School

White Industries continues to support the Trade Futures Program, with a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) and a Bobbin Sander, which is a machine that allows students to work with industry standard plant equipment. White Industries generous support totals in excess of $10,000 for this year as part of their ongoing commitment.

Throughout the years students have been extremely successful in transitioning into the workforce as capable young tradesmen and women – made all the more successful through this support.

White Industries have provided the school with long-term technical support and have consistently been one of 23 mentor business, hosting students for work experience.

Without a doubt, students who undertake this program have a much clearer vision of their future pathway, retention and transition rates within these cohorts are much higher.

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Austech (National Manufacturing Week) over for another year

Co-located with National Manufacturing Week (NMW), Austech is Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition is over for 2017. White Industries reported a successful week and a strong turnout of new and existing clients alike.

National Manufacturing Week 2017 was one of its largest conference and exhibition programs to date, with early reports recording more than 10,000 attendees for the event. Exhibition Director Robby Clark said the  NMW team had already received positive feedback, which paired with the strong 2017 results, signalled an optimistic outlook for visiting industry, business owners and investors.

“We are thrilled with the 2017 results, which have certainly been one of the biggest years on record for National Manufacturing Week in Australia,” said Clark.

“It is encouraging to hear many of our visitors, exhibitors and speakers view National Manufacturing Week as an event to mark in the calendar, with some already signed on for 2018 and beyond.”

More than 230 exhibiting companies showcased the latest technologies, developments and programs over the four days. Major partners included the Victorian Government, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, CSIRO, Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, Welding Technology Institute of Australia and the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation.

White Industries would like to thank all of their visitors to the stand during the week and we look forward to the opportunity of work together to add value to all concerned over the coming months and years.

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Customer Visits – Northern Queensland

Above image: White Team, Craig, Mick and Simon way up on top of the Wash Plant at the mine site


While Queensland was battening down for Cyclone Debbie, White Industries headed into the eye of the storm to meet with customers.

First stop was the Rio-Tinto Kestral underground coal mine in Central Queensland, where Craig White, Mick Shelford and Simon Kay met with personnel to review opportunities around improving wear life of equipment and reducing opperating costs in the wash plant.

Inspecting a trial casting

Inspecting a trial casting

As part of an on-going Process Improvement project relating to waste handling, a review of the effectiveness of changes implemented by White Industries was also conducted while the team was onsite.

Craig driver cabin of the tilt train

Craig driver cabin of the tilt train

Kestrel had been experiencing issues with waste transitting off the conveyer and dropping onto the stockpile in their screening process. This was causing wear of the ski chute that directs the flow of the waste and damage to plant and equipment, due to the high terminal velocity of the waste. To fix this issue, White Industries introduced a longer wearing material and redesigned the chute to take the energy out of the falling waste, significantly increasing wear life and reducing damage.

After meeting up with Jim Stevenson, the next leg of the trip took the team through Gracemere and Rockhampton, where some of our rail customers are located. The opportunity was taken to review products cast by White Industries being actively used and to discuss opportunities for future supply.


Pushing further north to Gladstone, the highway, like a lot of roads through Central and South East Queensland was cut by the deluge from Cyclone Debbie. After waiting several hours, Craig, Mick and Simon headed back to Dalby, (via many diversions around swollen creeks), leaving Jim to eventually make it through to Gladstone and visit our customers still able to operate though the natural disaster.

White Industries regularly visit customers to gain a better understand of what is required to make their customers’ worlds better.

Waiting for the flood water to recede south of Rockhampton

Waiting for the flood water to recede south of Rockhampton

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20 Years Celebration!

Neil Andrew (a.k.a Scoob), our Quality Assurance Officer, celebrated 20 years of continuous service in March! On behalf of everyone at White Industries, we offer our congratulations to Neil, and appreciate that our growth and success is dependent on having devoted and capable team members.

Neil has been an important part of helping us achieve our goals and wish to express our appreciation for his hard work and dedication. Thank you for all you have done during your years of service and for your ongoing commitment to our success.

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Manufacturing Trade Event of the Year!

National Manufacturing Week “AUSTECH 2017”

May 9th to 12th 2017 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Australia’s premier manufacturing trade event returns to Melbourne, with its unprecedented program of free education and networking.

AUSTECH (National Manufacturing Week) is as unique opportunity with the largest gathering of Australian Manufacturing industry decision makers under one roof.

It is as chance to:

  • Network and do business in your market.
  • Generate new business.
  • Promote “Your” business and discuss new solutions to improve your bottom line.
  • Meet suppliers face to face and view their products.

We look forward to meeting up with as many of our Victorian and interstate customers as possible.This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the many aspects of the foundry manufacturing process, and see first hand, the high quality products we manufacture in person. If you are interested in reserving a time to meet with either Craig White or Jim Stevenson at the event, simply click here to send us an email.

If you would like more information or wish to register for NMW, head over to the AUSTECH website.

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Local Support

Dalby Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

Business After Hours is an informal, social get-together aimed at showcasing local businesses and providing a great opportunity for networking. White Industries hosted the evening for March, with a record attendance of over 230 people. It was an opportunity for local businesses to see what goes on behind the gates at White Industries.

We remained open, with production in full swing while conducting group tours through the Foundry for all could follow the casting process.

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Our Heat Treatment Facilities

White Industries operates six natural gas-fired heat treatment ovens and an agitated water quench facility to provide a wide range of thermal treatments such as annealing, stress relief, normalising, hardening and tempering. All ovens are fitted with digital controllers that are programmed for precise heating rates and hold times. The ovens are equipped with digital recorders to maintain traceability of thermal cycles.

This enables White Industries to offer our customers steel and iron castings to exacting specifications, as well as a subcontracted heat treatment service.

Please contact us for further information or if you require a quote for heat treatment.

The usable dimensions and operating temperatures are as follows:

Oven ID Internal Height (mm) Internal Width (mm) Internal Diagonal (back wall to front door sill) (mm)               Internal Depth (mm) Internal Diam (mm) Temp Range (°C) Comment                            
N°1 1520 2800 2130 1500 200-640  
N°2 1550 2800 2150 1500 600-1100  
N°3 1040 1460 1790 1460 600-1100  
N°4 900 1980 600-1100  
N°5 1550 1580 2610 2100 100-700  
N°6 1580 1770 2370 4200 100-1100  
N°7 1550 1580 2610 2100 150-300  
Quench 3500 Wide 2500 Deep 2500 Deep Total quench water capacity with expansion tank 32,000 litres, with evaporative cooling tower.


As always, if you have any new or existing manufacturing requirements, or just wish to ask a question, do not hesitate to give our hard-working team a call. They are always more than happy to help explain the foundry and its processes.

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Launch of new designed 30 ton Grain Buggy

White Industries have been designing and producing innovative grain buggies for the agricultural market since the early 70’s. Our latest offering sees the familiar functionality, but a dramatic change in design and capacity.

Early bin designs were limited to approximately 100 bags or eight tons on a single axle. We can now offer 30 ton bins, on a special design rocking beam with dual axle. This new design allows for 40 degrees of osculation, or in layman’s terms 700mm of travel.

The other radical change decends from the automotive industry, with bolting sections of the bin together instead of welding. This innovation allows us to be the only Australian manufacturer to powder coat their bins instead of painting them. The automotive industry has been using this method since the turn of the century and has stood the test of time.

Other key features are:

  • No rams or hydraulics oils inside the bin
  • Large sight glasses front and rear of the bin
  • Oversize door on rear of bin for easy access
  • 18 inch augers with 19 inch diameter barrel
  • Emptying time of 12 ½ ton per minute

Field Trials of the new bin were carried out during the last wheat harvest in northern NSW with great success. The farm testing the bin was so impressed with it’s performance, they have decided to purchase it. We have another two bins currently in production for the upcoming harvest.

If you are interested in one or would like to know more about them give Neil White a call on Ph 1300 825 980 or mob 0427 623 376 or email

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