About

Welcome to BluPoint - proudly operating as Hardox Wearparts Centre Perth. What started with an idea to meet an urgent need in the mining industry has grown into a business that offers a wide variety of wear parts and services - focused on solving our customers problems and meeting their needs no matter the size or complexity. When it comes to repair, maintenance and consumables in the wear industry, we want to be your partner!

The story of how the idea behind Blupoint evolved speaks for itself. Graham worked as a maintenance contractor for heavy mining equipment at a mine in Pilbara, Western Australia. When a storm flooded the only road to the mine site, all shipments of spare parts and consumables stopped. Graham realized that the small stock of bucket teeth at the mine would soon run out, threatening a complete shutdown. He had to quickly figure out a way to reuse the worn bucket teeth.

He succeeded, and realised immediately that the solution using Hardox wear plate had great potential, but that it also had to be developed so it could be patented. Graham worked on development for several years while running his other business. In 2007 his hard work was crowned with success in the form of a patent and Graham founded BluPoint Pty Ltd.

Graham J Gibbon suddenly passed away on October 13, 2010. A few weeks earlier, his innovative approach had been nominated for the 2010 Swedish Steel Prize. Graham was described as an easy-going person, dedicated and creative designer with vast experience of practical problem-solving.

Today the company owns several patents and thousands of rebuilt G.E.T's have been supplied to several Tier 1 Miners in Western Australia such as Newmont, Rio Tinto and BHP Billition.

In 2013, SSAB acquired BluPoint Pty Ltd and today we are part of the global Hardox Wearparts Group. With more than 130 centers, and in more than 40 countries, we are the largest wear products and services in the world. Approximately 80% are owned by independent, private companies. The remaining 20% are owned and operated by SSAB (see below). This network gives us access to the cutting edge of material, advanced services, experience and knowledge. Read more on www.hardoxwearparts.com

Hardox Wearparts is a part of SSAB, the manufacturer of Hardox wear plates. SSAB is a global leader in value added, high strength steel. SSAB offers products developed in close cooperation with its customers to reach a stronger, lighter and more suistainable world. Read more on www.ssab.com

 

The Team

Joseph Olsson,  General Manager and Director

In 2013 Joseph relocated to Perth to work with strategy and operations related assignments in the Asia Pacific region. In 2014 he got appointed as the General Manager and Director of Hardox Wearparts Centre Perth.

Joseph has a strong background within strategy and business development both from his role as a management consultant prior to joining SSAB in 2011 as well as in his role as the principal within business development at SSAB.

Joseph has a Master in Business and Economics at Uppsala University.

Contact details: +61 (0) 438 299 002, (Fax) +61 (0) 9353 2147 and joseph.olsson@hardoxwearparts.com

 

Claes Löwgren, Senior Technical Advisor

In 2014 Claes relocated to Perth to work as the Head of the Hardox Wearparts network in the region. The appointment marks a significant ambition by SSAB to grow its presence in the region.

Claes has more than 30 years experience working with abrasion of steel plate in primarily the mining and mineral industry and has held the roles as the head of the application development team with a main focus on "wear plate", i.e., HARDOX in different qualities  for many years.

Claes is the developer of "the relative wear model“, a model relying on international research on abrasion that introduces the concept of relative hardness and defines gliding, squeezing and impact contact. Further it explains the occurrence of different surface damages, like chip formation and plastic deformation in the contact between the steel and mineral grains and illustrates the difference between these surface damages.

Claes has a MSc Mechanics at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH).

Contact details: claes.lowgren@hardoxwearparts.com

 

 

Ian Cornfoot, R&D and Technical Advisor

Ian is qualified chartered mechanical engineer with more than 10 years experience supporting the mining and transportation sectors in key account management, reliability engineering, service engineering, design and product development roles both toward Tier1 miners and leading OEMs.

In his recent role, prior to joining SSAB in 2013, he was working as a Reliability Engineer for Cummins being the primary engineering contact for Rio Tinto business toward Cummins.

Ian has been supporting Hardox Wearparts Centre Perth on the R&D and Technical side since 2013 and has focused on quality improvements.

Ian has a BEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University as well as a EurIng at FEANI, a CEng at the Engineering Council in the UK, and a MIMechE at the Instituion of Mechanical Engineers.

Contact details: ian.cornfoot@hardoxwearparts.com

 

 

Sean Wanless, Operations Manager

Sean has been involved in Hardox Wearparts Centre Perth since 2010 and was working alongside Graham for several years. Sean is heading the day to day operations of the workshop as well as leading the design and engineering work of new products.

Sean is a boilermaker by trade and prior to joining the company he was working as supervisor and plant operator at various mine site in Western Australia. Sean is focused on offering the service and products clients require, with the ultimate goal of providing improved uptime of the mining gears being it either within mobile plant equipment or fixed plant equipment.

Sean is a SSAB and Hardox Wearparts certified welder.

Contact details: +61 (0) 412 269 508 and sean.wanless@hardoxwearparts.com

 

 

TBD - Recruitment ongoing

Wear Sales Engineer

+61 (0) 434 319 993

xx@hardoxwearparts.com

 

Bryan Teo Ting Guan

Design Engineer

bryan.teotingguan@ssab.com

 

Jacqueline Tay

Finance and Administration Officer

+65 983 072 88

perth.accounts@hardoxwearparts.com