Trufab bin a winner in prestigous steel awards
From Cunderdin to Stockholm, one West Australian agricultural machinery manufacturer is kicking goals.
Wheatbelt-based Trufab Global (Grain King)’s lightweight Nyrex Chaser Bin, made of lightweight steel, placed second in the world’s most prestigious steel manufacturing awards last month.
Trufab chief executive Colin Jorgensen travelled to Stockholm with managing director Martin Trewarn for the 19th Swedish Steel Prize.
While they didn’t win, Mr Jorgensen said he felt grateful to be recognised in a competition which gave his business international exposure.
“The Swedish Steel awards are incredibly prestigious and being recognised by them is a real honour,” he said.
“It gives us presence globally and it gives us the chance to have brand awareness to start a marketing campaign overseas.”
The Cunderdin business’ chaser bin was trumped only by Italian company Mantella’s Stratosphere 3.0 rear-tipping semitrailer.
While in Stockholm, Mr Jorgensen and Mr Trewarn toured a steel factory and attended the award presentation.
Launched last year, the Nyrex Chaser Bin has been touted for its longevity and reduced soil compaction.
The bin is about 25 per cent, or 700kg, lighter than traditional chaser bins. It is made of Strenx performance steel, originally from Sweden.
The high-tensile steel is processed in WA and cut using modular design with almost no welding.
Its assembly process uses laser technology in a bolted construction, avoiding any distortion and rippling of the steel plate from welding.
It can also be delivered in kit form, reducing freight costs, which Mr Jorgensen said could help it gain an international audience.
Judges at the Swedish Steel Prize said the bin utilised high-strength steel “that challenged traditional design by using modern materials to create the highest levels of performance”. The award recognises the use of high-strength steel in this way.
While the family-run business was established in 1962 working with structural steel, Trufab has evolved into a business focused on grain-handling equipment.
Since going into production in August 2017, more than 50 Nyrex bins have been sold and there are orders for a further 65.
Two other runners-up were a truck-mounted sky-lift from Italy and a cutter for clearing roadside vegetation from Finland.
Trufab is currently working on developing different coloured bins, including a pink bin to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
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