Infrastructure Products Australia welcomes Burdens Australia to portfolio

Infrastructure Products Australia Announces Second Acquisition of 2023, Welcomes Burdens Australia to Portfolio

IPA has officially welcomed Burdens Australia, a dynamic and highly regarded Perth-based team, to its expanding portfolio.

Infrastructure Products Australia (IPA), a CRH Company, has announced the successful completion of its second strategic acquisition in 2023. The acquisition of Burdens Australia follows the acquisition of Tri-Underground earlier this year and marks a significant milestone for IPA as it continues to strengthen its position as a key player in the infrastructure sector. Burdens Australia is known for its expertise in manufacturing and supplying specialised civil, electrical, plumbing, rail and water products in the infrastructure market, and has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality solutions and fostering lasting relationships with clients and partners.

“We are delighted to welcome Burdens Australia to the Infrastructure Products Australia family,” said Kevin Savory, Managing Director of IPA. “This strategic acquisition reflects our dedication to providing comprehensive, innovative infrastructure solutions. The expertise and capabilities of the Burdens Australia team align perfectly with our vision and commitment to delivering cutting-edge products and services that address the evolving needs of the industry.”

The addition of Burdens Australia to the IPA portfolio will drive innovation, enhance service offerings, provide clients with broader solutions in the West Australian market, and expand Burdens’ product range on the East Coast. The acquisition will enable IPA to further contribute to the growth and development of the infrastructure sector in Australia and beyond.

“We are excited to join forces with Infrastructure Products Australia,” said Paul Johnson, Founder/CEO of Burdens Australia. “This relationship opens up new opportunities for us to expand our reach on the East Coast and continue delivering excellence in the infrastructure products industry. We will create synergies that benefit our clients, employees, and stakeholders.”

The integration process is underway, with IPA and Burdens Australia working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition for employees, clients, customers, and partners. IPA remains committed to upholding the high standards of service and innovation that both organisations are known for.

About Burdens Australia

Burdens Australia is a leading manufacturer and supplier in specialised sectors like Civil, Electrical, Plumbing, Rail, Water Street Furniture, and Environmental solutions. They bring a global perspective with two decades of experience by combining international expertise with local products. Their commitment to continuous growth is reflected in expanding offerings to meet diverse project requirements. Burdens Australia prioritises close client relationships and values its knowledgeable staff as a significant asset. Through proactive communication strategies, they disseminate specialised knowledge across Australia. Catering to major industries and various contractors, the company offers flexible trading platforms nationwide. Beyond conventional product supply, Burdens Australia extends services to project supply management and total procurement.

Infrastructure Products Australia acquires Tri-Underground

Infrastructure Products Australia acquires Tri-Underground

Infrastructure Products Australia bolsters its electrical and communication offerings

Infrastructure Products Australia (IPA), a CRH Company, is proud to announce that it has acquired Tri-Underground, a leading supplier of infrastructure solutions, including PVC connectors, conduits, pits, and lids serving the growing electrical and communication infrastructure markets. The acquisition aligns perfectly with IPA’s existing product and solutions offering and helps scale up its presence in Australia.

Residential development and major road and utility upgrades drive increased demand for infrastructure solutions across Australia. IPA will further cement its reputation as a market leader by broadening its exposure to the electrical and communication sectors. The acquisition will also increase cross-selling opportunities for both companies, particularly in the areas of transport and utility infrastructure, where Tri-Underground has long-term relationships with utilities and road specification departments across Australia.

Managing Director of IPA, Kevin Savoury said, “Tri-Underground offers an attractive growth opportunity with a closely aligned product portfolio with strong geographic and end-market overlays.”

About Infrastructure Products Australia
Infrastructure Products Australia design, manufacture and distribute superior precast concrete and plastic pits, covers and construction accessories for the communications, transport, energy, and water sectors. We focus on partnerships and innovation to deliver the best solutions for our clients, on time and on budget, by adding value in service, quality, and efficiencies.

About TRI Underground
Founded in 2002 by Hylton and Caroline Amos with a single manufacturing site in Brendale, Queensland. TRI Underground has established a major position as a diversified manufacturer servicing the Communications, Electrical and Civil infrastructure markets. As a family-owned Australian company, their reputation stands before them. They’re proud to be renowned for their exceptional service standards, so you can expect efficient

Semi-automated Kerb Unit Success

The redevelopment of the Kerb Unit mould and manufacturing
Infrastructure Products Australia team show how to semi-automat and improve the speed to market with their recently launched Semi-automated kerb unit mould.

This Kerb Unit is an Industry Game Changer

Designed and produced specifically for the Queensland Department of Main Roads (TMR), our latest kerb unit is another example of Infrastructure Products Australia’s focus on innovation, delivering improvements in safety, cost efficiencies and streamlining project delivery.

The problem with traditional Kerb Units

The process of pouring kerb units onsite takes time and is wasteful. It can present risks to health and safety, not to mention consumes many materials to create the formwork. For many project managers and engineers, there isn’t enough project time to produce these units onsite. Hence, the benefit of using precast kerb units.

Our TMR-approved kerb unit is produced using a semi-automated system that allows for the creation of multiple kerb units per day in a safe and efficient manner. Designed and assembled internally, IPA’s machine produces one-piece precast kerb units to our strict consistency standards.

This is a standard part for TMR and complements the Aus Pits range of Stormwater Pits.

As Technical Director, Chris Hopkins explains:

“The automation process allows us to produce Kerb Units without inducing stripping stress into the product allowing us to shorten our lead-times and increase capacity utilisation of our moulds, hence giving us a superior offer to the market. We’ll be continually improving the design and operation, and once our workflow becomes streamlined, we’ll look towards implementing further machines across Australia to produce other local kerb units.”

 “We currently provide state-specific kerb units in NSW and Victoria, we will continue to monitor the performance of these offers to understand what benefits can be achieved by automating some or all of the manufacturing processes.”

The new automated process also delivers flexibility, accommodating a variety of kerb unit sizes.
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This is yet another success story in Infrastructure Products Australia’s commitment to our ‘Ideas Engineered’ ethos.

The project works took place in Queensland and were managed from Victoria. The close collaboration between our Victorian and Queensland teams ensured a smooth relay of information between managers, engineers, labourers and external parties and was the primary factor of the success of this project.

“We delivered an exact match to the design shown within the road authorities standard drawings ….. to achieve every detail in one precast unit, I am amazed with the team’s accomplishment. The final result is worthy of being classed as precast art!”

“I feel a sense of accomplishment in delivering our first in-house, semi-automated system. The project tested my current knowledge in the field and provided the challenge to learn and grow further. I really think we pushed the envelope on this one and I am grateful to have been selected for this project. I’m looking forward to our next challenge”.

“The most exciting outcome of a project like this is that there’s always opportunity to continually look for ways to improve the design and it’s operation in order to create a safer working environment and delivering larger quantities of units to our customers”.