Creating bespoke solutions for the company supplying Australia’s largest projects

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Beginning as a Perth-based pipe workshop 50 years ago, Unique Metal Works has grown into a highly diversified national company supplying many of Australia’s largest projects. Serving the mining, agricultural, architectural, infrastructure and defense sectors, the company’s 350 employees operate from nine locations across the country.

Unique Metal produces OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, equipment and components and is Australia’s largest laser cutting company, creating precise and intricate custom work, including building facades. It also has plasma capability, welding facilities, CNC pressing, metal rolling and turret punches – all the equipment to produce quality aluminum products.

Unique Metal is a hybrid company and its highly trained staff uses thousands of tons of aluminum every year.

Managing Director Paul Figliomeni says its capability and diversification set Unique Metal apart.

“We have capabilities beyond that. We can cut, we can bend, we can weld, we can coat the product, whether it’s anodizing or powder coating. We can provide a turnkey service comprehensive to our customers.”

Paul describes Unique Metal as complex and says it’s difficult when people ask him what they do.

“It’s a question of how much time you have. We can have up to 800 different projects running on one site.

“When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, we can provide a solution and tackle complex jobs. We can be involved from the design phase to the completion of a project.”

Unique Metal’s portfolio includes manufacturing components for OEMs and suppliers to the recreational vehicle market – for motor bodies and caravans, as well as boats and ships. The company also produces parking meters for municipalities across Australia.

Examples of large projects that Unique Metal have supplied include the ironwork and facade of the Perth Stadium. He recently worked on Australia’s largest surfacing project at Central Park in Perth.

It’s important to note that Unique Metal continues to do big and small jobs. Paul is delighted with the response from small businesses who are “absolutely delighted that we can accommodate them”.

“I hope they will grow and accompany us on the journey. We have had many businesses that have grown with us over the years.”

Quality aluminum is essential for the Unique Metal company.

“It’s light and strong and it’s an easy material to work with. It’s also suitable for marine environments, and shipbuilding is an important market for us,” observes Paul.

“We use all grades from marine grade 5083 to 5005, a much more bendable general purpose aluminum. Faceplate fabrication typically requires a 5005 H14 CA55, and depending on the hardness specified, Capral accommodates us.”

Capral products are the first choice for Unique Metal; Paul points out that Capral’s product range, technical knowledge and service stand out.

“We have worked closely with Capral for many years – almost since we have been in business.

“We have a great relationship. Capral offers solutions, good prices and reliability. We get our product when they say we will get it, and they keep us informed of any issues.”

Unique Metal takes advantage of Capral’s wide range of aluminum sheets and plates and sources standard and custom extrusions from Capral; Capral is its exclusive supplier for shutter and louver extrusions.

Paul says the Capral team’s technical knowledge means they can advise on grades and standards, a critically important factor in complying with local and foreign specifications.

When aluminum requires processing beyond Capral’s remit, Unique Metal often works with Capral to ensure that Capral’s customers receive flawless service.

“Whether it’s laser or plasma cutting, machining or lamination, we usually step in,” says Paul.

Some of Paul’s favorite projects using Capral aluminum include the Perth Optus Stadium, Crown Towers, Elizabeth Quay and the entrance to Perth Zoo which features a laser cut lizard.

Watch this Crafted With Capral video.

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