Gemco Rail continue to support The Mai-Wel Group

Gemco Rail is proud to share that we were awarded Employer of the Year 2023, at the inaugural The Mai-Wel Group awards night.

This award was presented to Gemco Rail for:

– Leading inclusion and diversity in our workforce.
– Identifying barriers to employment and supporting employees to succeed.
– Providing opportunities and support to employees to achieve their goals.

Gemco Rail have been partnering with The Mai-Wel Group to support the LabourForce Solutions division and the WorkForce Australia – Transition to Work Program with plans to continue this partnership into the future.

Geoff Thorn, Gemco’s Executive General Manager said this award is “recognition and a testament to the social connection and standing the team has within the local community.”

We look forward to continuing to support The Mai-Wel Group in providing work placement opportunities in our community.

Pictured Left – Louise Fernie – Business Development and Partnership Specialist – Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions, James Holder Business Development – Workforce Australia and Brianna Reid from Gemco Rail.


Gemco Rail Pilbara Partnership

Engenco is pleased to announce that Gemco Rail will bring local iron ore rail car manufacturing and bearing maintenance to the Pilbara region in an industry-first.

Gemco Rail will partner with Rio Tinto, and Qiqihar Railway Rolling Stock (QRRS), supported by the Western Australian State Government to bring local iron ore rail car manufacturing and bearing maintenance to the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Over a six-year period Gemco will build 100 iron ore rail cars for Rio Tinto with the initial tranche of 40 iron wagons to be delivered in 2024 built at Gemco’s Forrestfield facility, while a suitable location in the Pilbara is selected and developed.

Upon commissioning of the new Karratha facility, in an industry-first, Gemco will transition Rio Tinto ore car manufacturing and bearing reconditioning activities to the new facility to support Pilbara operations. Gemco will deliver 10 wagons per year, to replace retired wagons from Rio Tinto’s fleet while continuing to refurbish bearings, from the new facility.

Geoff Thorn, Gemco Rail’s Executive General Manager said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our team at Gemco Rail to showcase our capabilities for our customer Rio Tinto.”

The partnership with Rio Tinto, QRRS and the State Government could not be possible without the dedication and high standard of work of the entire Gemco Rail team, including our engineering and sales teams.

Thank you all for your commitment to secure this important contract for our business, and for local West Australian manufacturing.

Well done.”

The West Australian Premier Hon Roger Cook, along with the ​​​​​​​Member for Belmont Cassie Rowe MLA, ​​​​​​​Member for the Pilbara Kevin Michel MLA, Senior members of Rio Tinto and a representative from QRRS joined Engenco’s Chief Executive Officer Dean Draper and Gemco Rail’s Executive General Manager, Geoff Thorn on site on Tuesday 13th June to celebrate this industry first.

For the full ASX announcement click here.

Gemco Rail announces new wagon build contract

Gemco Rail is pleased to announce that we have executed a contract with Arc Infrastructure Pty Ltd (Arc) to design, supply, and commission 20 specialised rail wagons. These wagons will be used to transport ballast for rail track construction and maintenance works across Arc’s freight rail network in Western Australia.

The project is expected to be delivered over a 20-month period, including a prototype in FY23 and production units in FY24. Gemco Rail will leverage its experienced engineering and project teams, coupled with highly skilled rollingstock technicians to assemble the wagons at its flagship facility in Forrestfield, Western Australia. These wagons will be designed to operate across all West Australian rail networks using standard and narrow-gauge configurations interchangeably and will also incorporate Gemco Rail’s innovative remote controlled ballast gating system to enhance operating efficiency and safety.

Gemco Rail’s extensive rail capabilities have positioned the business to serve the attractive, niche new rollingstock market, and reaffirms our reputation as Australia’s leading, independent supplier of quality rollingstock products and services.

This contract capitalises on Gemco Rail’s strategic alliances with our global partners in the supply of world-class rollingstock components, which are designed to operate in some of the harshest operating environments in the world and bodes well for future wagon build opportunities.

For project updates or to discuss any rail wagon supply requirements please contact Jim Griffiths, General Manager Sales & Business Development

Gemco Rail proudly supporting TrackSAFE Foundation

At Gemco Rail we prioritse the healthy, safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers, every day, but our commitment to safety does not stop there.

We are a proud supporter of the TrackSAFE Foundation and the important work they do to help reduce fatalities and injuries on the Australian rail network, increase community awareness around rail safety and by supporting the wellbeing of employees within our industry.

Executive General Manager, Geoff Thorn shared his thoughts on supporting the Foundation.

“In our discussions with the TrackSAFE team, we were truly amazed by the scale of the rail safety activities being undertaken by TrackSAFE to promote safety awareness across the rail industry. For Gemco, it was a very easy decision for us to throw our support behind the great work they are doing and we’re proud to be a TrackSAFE Corporate Supporter.”

The Foundation coordinates and encourages participation in key industry events.

Rail R U OK? Day focuses on the wellbeing of our employees. Gemco Rail will show it’s support for this worthy cause by hosting events across the country on the 28th April, and taking the time to ask each other R U Ok?

Community awareness around rail safety is highlighted through Rail Safety Week, held in August each year, to engage the community in safe rail practices.

At Gemco Rail we are committed to working in an industry where our people, our customers and our communities’ safety are the number one priority.

For further information about TrackSAFE visit Working together to save lives. – TrackSAFE Foundation