Dramatically rising copper prices, a Global Financial Crisis, availability of substitutes and increased import competition and reductions of tariffs contributed to a significant reduction in the demand for copper tube, challenging copper tube manufacturing in Australia. A challenge MM Kembla overcame and re-gnited the flame for a bright future
In 2006, MM Kembla had established a strong reputation in Asia and this led to a joint venture being formed, establishing Kembla Hong Kong.
2012 saw the introduction of our universal copper press-fit system, KemPress and the subsequent rebirth in demand for copper tube in Australia combined with a boom in construction.
In 2013, with the removal of tariffs from ASEAN nations, growth in finished cable imports, a high Australian dollar and increased energy and transport costs, the MM Kembla Wire & Rod division was closed after 95 years of production, with the final delivery of Kembla copper rod made in May 2014.
Testament to MM Kembla’s longevity and commitment, the MM Kembla Tube & Fittings division continued to expand with KemPress Stainless Steel fittings and Tube being released in 2014, KemDrain drainage products in 2015 and Kembla thermal insulation released in 2016.
Continued investment in manufacturing, safety and rationalisation have lead to record production efficiencies year on year and over 7 years without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).