The global company established its Australian brand 25 years ago with Charles Howarth as the Head of Herrenknecht’s Australia subsidiary.
After 25 years of leading Herrenknecht in Australia, Mr Howarth said to do business here you need to be “resilient and resourceful” because, at a minimum, there is the Indian Ocean between the country and the rest of the world.
“We don’t have the access to goods and services you do in places like Europe, Asia and America,” he said.
“If a tunnel boring machine (TBM) component fails in Europe, the Herrenknecht factory is nearby in Germany, you can arrange quickly a new part or, if it’s not available, Herrenknecht Headquarters can manage via closely supported network of sub-supplier’s in the region.
“If you don’t already have the part in Australia, your next chance might be Singapore.”
The extreme heat, long distances and geographical remoteness from global hubs has been a challenge, but Mr Howarth said it allows those on site to be innovative and resourceful.
Looking back on the 25 years, Mr Howarth said Clem7, Perth Forrestield-Airport Link, Carapateena mine and the Army Bay wastewater treatment outfall replacement are just some of the major Australian projects Herrenknecht has been a part of.
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