Kingfield Galvanizing has won the Process Innovation Award at this year’s Australian Construction Awards for their technological advances in the hot dip galvanizing (HDG) industry. The Awards honour Australia’s construction, design, built environment and architecture industry.
Kingfield’s process innovation integrates sustainability and automation in a state-of-the-art hot dip galvanizing facility, in Somerton, Victoria. The plant is considered a benchmark for the future of Australia’s hot dip galvanizing industry. With a focus on quadruple bottom line outcomes, the facility uses technology to lower emissions, improve both workplace safety and the working environment, increase recycling and re-use outputs to minimise waste.
Galvanizing applies a protective zinc coating to steel components to prevent corrosion. The process reduces maintenance and the life cycle cost of an asset, delivering long-life, sustainable and predictable performance for steel in exposed installations or marine environments. Considering that over 80% of our growing population lives within 50 kilometres of the coastline, we have an increasing need for infrastructure and construction projects to withstand the corrosive nature of our coastal environment.
Kingfield’s investment in HDG process innovation was prompted by the requirements for major refurbishment works on their 30 year-old traditional HDG plant, to modernise equipment and improve throughput for a growing customer base. As a family-owned business, the major shareholders were keen to invest in the long-term future of galvanizing in Australia. Kingfield’ plant transformation process explored global best practice and sustainable galvanizing options. The company’s investment in innovation was not only recognized at last week’s ACA awards, it was also acknowledged at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Kingfield Galvanizing’s Chair, Steve Lelli commented “We are still basking in the delight of winning the Premiers Sustainability Award 2017 and this accolade for Process Innovation awarded by a panel of our industry peers is amazing. The acknowledgement of our investment and support for our belief that industry can be environmentally responsible and commercially viable is fantastic. We have a long way to go but, we are committed to further investment that supports our sustainability focus.”
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