21 June 2016

More than 100 local businesses attended an event in Bendigo to learn how they can capture a share of Downer’s $800m annual procurement spend in Victoria.

Senior Downer executives from across Australia attended the ICN facilitated supplier briefing – the last in a series of three similar briefings held in Victoria over the last week as part of the Doing Business with Downer industry engagement initiative.

Downer invests more than $800 million in products and services sourced each year from local Victorian suppliers to support its diversified business including transport, rail, mining, engineering, construction as well as utilities and technology communications services.

Downer CEO Infrastructure Services Sergio Cinerari said Downer was looking for more Victorian partners to build a vibrant and sustainable industry.

“We are very proud of Downer’s existing 4,000 Victorian suppliers – and we want more of them,” he said.

“Downer understands the challenges and opportunities for Victorian manufacturers in a domestic, as well as in a global market place – and we know how we can work together to achieve great things.
“At Downer, we are investing in SMEs in Bendigo and across Victoria to build a robust and sustainable local supply chain capability.”

Downer is a top 100 ASX-listed company with a strong Victorian presence and a global footprint. It employs about 19,000 people worldwide, including 4,000 Victorians across 40 sites and projects.

Mr Cinerari said Downer had come to Bendigo to find local business partners that understand how Downer worked, and shared Downer values and vision for a vibrant, sustainable industry.

“But, Downer also has a responsibility to current and potential suppliers. They need assurance, and a balance sheet that supports stability and potential investment – including access to our global supply chains,” he said.

Andrew McCulloch, Operations Manager of local Bendigo engineering maintenance family firm McCullochs, and current Downer supplier, presented at the event.

McCullochs employs 40 local workers and has a Downer contract to help maintain rail tracks across Australia. The company services and maintains a rail tamping machine used by Downer EDI Rail to repack the gravel between rail sleepers and track.

Mr Cinerari said McCullochs was an exemplary Downer supplier that embraced innovation.

“McCullochs is a key partner to Downer in the delivery of rail infrastructure services. They demonstrate a much needed unique capability to combine a combination of “can-do attitude” with topflight engineering capability,” he said.

ICN CEO Don Matthews welcomed Downer’s initiative to engage with SMEs across Victoria – including Bendigo.

“It shows Downer’s commitment to local industry participation in their supply chain and more importantly commit to ongoing engagement with SME’s into the future,” Mr Matthews said.

“The feedback from those attending the events has been excellent and we look forward to building on the relationship with the Downer Group.”