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It’s a big year for Bradken, who this year will celebrate 100 years in business.

With its origins in Newcastle and Sydney, as a foundry business with world-class manufacturing facilities, Bradken has evolved throughout its 100 years to become a leader in solving mining equipment wear challenges through designing and manufacturing high quality parts and supplying project-focused engineering services and innovative digital support for mines across the globe.

First Bradken Foundry

Bradken is a business committed to the evolution of mining and resources worldwide with its people at the forefront of innovation and technology.

As Bradken CEO, Sean Winstone noted, “To make it to 100 years, a business and the individuals involved with it have to be resilient and innovative, as well as committed to strong values.”

“Throughout the years we have demonstrated and embraced the values at the heart of Bradken’s success, such as taking on challenges, seeing the customer in everything we do and working collaboratively to achieve goals both for our customers and the business. 

“Matching our history of working with customers to understand what they need and value with technology solutions is key to Bradken’s future.”

It’s a business that has had the resilience to take on many challenges over the years, and often had the foresight to make the most of the opportunities they presented. Its founders, Leslie Bradford and Jim Kendall, were astute businessmen who saw potential in Australian foundries in the 1920’s.

Under their leadership and those that have followed, Bradken’s product base, partnerships, manufacturing footprint and business focus has continually evolved – like serving the mining industry in the 20’s, before identifying the untapped potential for industrial growth in 1940, shifting to armament castings during WWII and then moving to rail and back to the mining industry most recently.

This essence of growth, innovation and evolution, and the ability to adapt to changing external environments allows Bradken to shape its future with its customers are the forefront of the decision making. This strong dedication to innovation and growth is what will drive Bradken into the next 100 years.

Bradken held a STEM event in 2021 with female students from local high schools learning more about their innovation centre and 3D scanning system – Bradken fostering the next generation for the next 100 years
Sean Winstone, CEO and Fraser Batts, Sales Manager planting trees at Bradken’s Newcastle office

“Bradken is proud of the 100 years of history and of the customers we continue to serve,” said Sean.

“Their needs are changing and we are committed to joining them on that journey. We want to be here for another 100 years, delivering innovative solutions that improve safety, sustainability and productivity, whilst also lowering total costs of ownership.”

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