Yanmar L Series Key Driver in Pumps Australia Expansion
Pumps Australia is enjoying unprecedented growth with the Perth based company relocating to substantially larger premises. Much of the growth is attributed to the success of the high pressure cleaner range powered by the Yanmar L Series diesel engine.
The new Pumps Australia location is a high profile corner site in the suburb of Welshpool. This 4300 m² site has a massive showroom, administration centre and an enormous manufacturing area with adjacent warehousing.
From the moment a customer enters the showroom, Pumps Australia presents as a highly professional company. The showroom is open plan with the extensive Pumps Australia product range on display.
At the end of the showroom is a spare parts counter and beyond that the factory floor. Here, almost 2000 m² of floor space is dedicated to production and warehousing. It’s a busy area, well laid out and with room for even further expansion as the business continues to grow.
In the warehouse, an impressive number of Yanmar L Series diesel engines are stacked in the bays, stacked from floor to ceiling.
“We moved to the new property with a view to gaining both greater manufacturing capacity and greater efficiencies in production,” said John Warne, MD of Pumps Australia.
“To achieve our production and delivery objectives we need to carry better-than-average stock levels of components. We essentially manufacture to order, so we need to have a big supply of Yanmar L series engines on hand to draw on when needed.”
The signature range at Pumps Australia is the series of diesel powered, high pressure water pumps. These mobile pumps are powered by the Yanmar L series diesel engine, specifically chosen by Pumps Australia for this demanding application.
The Yanmar L Series of engines carried by Pumps Australia includes the Yanmar L48, L70 and L100. These are supplied by Power Equipment as electric start, single cylinder industrial engines that are all air cooled.
When matched to the Pumps Australia pump unit, the end user applications include fire fighting, trash pumping and high pressure cleaning applications.
“Our point of difference is quality,” said John Warne.
“Pressure pumping is a highly competitive market. We leave the bottom end of the market to the cheap overseas imports which are manufactured to achieve specific price points.”
“Our association with Yanmar and the L Series engines is about quality. Many of our Pumps Australia products end up in very remote locations or down a mine. The reliability of the Yanmar engine is reflected in our warranty claims which are exceptionally low.”
According to John Warne, Yanmar is the perfect match to the company’s premium end pumping products.
“There’s no question that Yanmar is a high quality product. It has a superior finish and is the best of the diesel engines available in terms of design and operation.”
In terms of the future, John Warne is confident that his family business has the vision and drive to flourish over the next 20 years. Together with sons Gareth and Ben, John Warne is looking to expand upon the existing range of pumping products.
“We believe that our business model is solid. We have a proven product range and there are further expansion opportunities that are open to us,” John said.
“Our R & D department is dynamic and proactive. We are currently investigating other products which can be applied to our manufacturing capability. Our vision for the future includes industrial grade products which go beyond pumping. We also foresee Pumps Australia branches in the Eastern states too.”
“Yanmar will certainly be a part of this next phase of development,” John Warne concluded.