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Arrival of mining giant set to spark jobs 'bonanza' in city

HAPPY GROUP: Graham Quirk and Paul Pisasale with Conymet Duratray managing directors, Marco and Matias Medel.
HAPPY GROUP: Graham Quirk and Paul Pisasale with Conymet Duratray managing directors, Marco and Matias Medel. David Nielsen

THE arrival of an international mining giant on Ipswich's doorstep is part of a potential jobs bonanza for the city, Mayor Paul Pisasale says.

Cr Pisasale and his Brisbane counterpart Graham Quirk yesterday welcomed global mining services manufacturer Conymet Duratray International Group to its new Carole Park manufacturing facility.

Cr Quirk said attracting the Chilean company would add up to $50 million a year to the city's economy and mean 85 new jobs for the region.

Conymet International makes massive dump trays for mining trucks which it supplies to mining companies around the world.

In August, Conymet-Duratray relocated from Melbourne with its head office and the Duratray factory scheduled to follow in 2014.

Conymet International director Marco Medel said the move was an important step for the organisation, which he believed was the first Chilean enterprise to set up headquarters in Australia.

Cr Pisasale said Ipswich City Council worked with Brisbane Marketing for 12 months to ease the company's move from Melbourne.

"Ipswich City Council helped find them the building to use at Carole Park until a permanent home is found at Citiswich," he said.

"We're exporting mining equipment from here right around the world."

The challenge now was for places like TAFEs to concentrate their training on prevalent industries, especially mining.

"The message for Ipswich is we've now got to provide the skilled staff for the future; the future is in that mining area and we could play a significant role," he said.

"Even though Ipswich has lost its mining status and is now the leader in aerospace in south-east Queensland, it doesn't mean that we can't supply mining equipment all around the world."

Big dump trucks

The Duratray suspended dump body has a design where the conventional steel floor and any associated wear plates are replaced by a rubber mat suspended on elastomeric ropes anchored to the steel frame of the body. It is capable of carrying 400 tonnes.

Topics:  carole park, jobs news



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