thyssenkrupp in Australia
thyssenkrupp’s bond with Australia stretches back 150 years from the time we first supplied seamless wheels for the country’s railway network in 1865. This was also one of the earliest business relationships we established in the Asia-Pacific region.
From those modest beginnings, Australia accounted for about €105.8 million in sales in fiscal year 2019/2020. Our first Australian agency was established in Melbourne in 1888. We’ve recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening our very own Australian headquarters (what was then Krupp (Australia) Pty. Ltd.) in Sydney in 1965. With more than 900 people working for us across Australia, it is now one of our largest operations in the region.
Prior to Thyssen and Krupp’s merger in 1999, Thyssen also had a long history of involvement in Australian projects. The company played a significant role in Australia’s industrial development, having supplied large pipes for turbines for a system of dams and electricity works between Sydney and Melbourne in the 1950s.
We are proud of our long heritage of supplying the Royal Australian Navy with sophisticated equipment, such as ship piloting simulators and radar technology. It is a relationship that dates back to the 1980s, and we have been supplying marine systems globally since the 1960s.
thyssenkrupp also has a long heritage with the Australian mining industry and has played a big part in advancing the Australian resources boom, having supplied excavation and processing equipment for the nation’s mining sector for many years. Our spare parts and service provision for the resources sector is second to none. This is vital to the mining industry as a large number of mines operate on a 24/7 schedule where even a short break in the production process can prove very costly.
The company is heavily involved in the supply of process technologies to heavy industries, such as refineries, chemical plants and plastics manufacturing. Our businesses in this market are diverse, allowing us to cater to a wide variety of customer needs.