RCR Tomlinson Ltd was formed by the
merger of RCR Engineering Ltd and Centurion Industries Limited
at 31 December 1997.
Prior to the merger, in March
1995, RCR Engineering was incorporated in Western Australia on 2
July 1979 to provide diversified fabrication and machining
services to industry in the south-west region of Western
Australia. The organisation grew steadily, building up its
resources and skills base by participating in major project
developments throughout the south-west.
The present senior management
effected a management buyout in 1990 acquiring the company from
the previous owners, Greenbushes Ltd. The revitalised
team, keen to expand the operations, implemented several
- Expansion of export efforts
leading to the supply of mining equipment for projects in
Indonesia, India, West Africa and the Philippines
- Quality Assurance
accreditation to ISO 9002 was achieved in the Fabrication
- A site construction and
maintenance department was established and expanded rapidly
- A hydraulics design,
manufacture and service company was acquired to add to the
list of services.
The design department was
expanded and now provides services to external clients, as well
as satisfying internal product design requirement.
RCR Engineering's objectives have
been to pursue expansion through organic growth of existing
business divisions and through the acquisition of businesses in
In May 1996, RCR Engineering
merged with Capital Investment Corporation Limited. This
added additional facilities, including a ferrous foundry to the
group, and provided a Perth base of the company to better
service its customers. Listing on the Australian Stock
Exchange followed, on 15 November 1996, through an offer of
shares, raising $1.8 million and attracting 700 new
Centurion Industries Limited was
a listed public company which was incorporated in Western
Australia on 30 May 2021 to acquire the Welshpool property,
together with the business and associated assets operated on
that site, from Clyde Industries Limited.
Centurion was currently
approximately 70% owned by NatSteel, a company incorporated in
Centurion had eight specialist
divisions, with three factory sites in the Perth metropolitan
area and sales and service outlets in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane and Adelaide.
Engineering / Centurion Industries Merger
Since the merger there has been
considerable rationalisation of facilities between the Welshpool
and Bayswater sites, and the ferrous foundry was sold in 1999.
RCR Tomlinson now has three
primary locations in Western Australia: at Welshpool,
which includes its head office, Bayswater in Perth, and the