Our Story

Our History

We are a family business with the standards and values to match. Our history of success in Perth, Western Australia, was sometimes punctuated by tough times which meant success was merely survival and then the good times when success meant growth.

Over the years we have nurtured many relationships across the globe where our suppliers feel like family and our customers are our best friends.

1998
YEAR

THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED

Peter, or PC, as he is affectionately known to all in the business, was a successful salesperson with a wealth of knowledge and experience related to steel, and more specifically, steel forgings. Back then he recognised an opportunity to supply specially forged steel tyres for the Melbourne trams. The success of this product and relationship underpinned the founding of FFF (Known then as Forgings, Flanges, Fittings). To this day, we are privileged to supply the forged tyres for Melbourne’s fleet of over 400 trams.

2000
YEAR

FIRST OPPORTUNITY IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

With the support of our Italian supply partners, FFF supplies critical forged flange components for the towers at the wind farm in Albany, Western Australia.

The Albany Wind Farm as commissioned in 2001 with 12 operational units and a rated capacity of 35.4MW. This accounted for nearly 80% of the electrical energy requirements of the Albany region.

2006
YEAR

A BIG TICK FROM OIL & GAS

FFF gets the tick of approval and supplies heat exchanger components including tubesheets and butted kettles for Woodside LNG Gas Trains IV & V.

2007
YEAR

THE PLUTO PROJECT

FFF supplies specialised forgings and flanges for the Woodside Pluto project to one of Australia’s oldest and most respect pressure equipment fabricators, WE Smith.  Our relationship with WE Smith continued to grow from strength to strength.

2008
YEAR

SUPPLY NETWORK EXPANDS INTO CHINA

FFF takes its first steps toward expanding the supply chain into Asia.  Planting the seeds and establishing relationships with steel makers and engineering firms that exist to this day and are stronger than ever.

2009
YEAR

ESTABLISH CHINA OFFICE

FFF builds on some of the successes of 2008 and establishes a permanent full time office in China. We also appoint a young dynamic local from the Wuxi area to lead our operational growth in the area and she is still with us 10 years on.

2010
YEAR

OFFSHORE DIVING CHAMBERS

Pressure equipment comes in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes it is about keeping the pressure out.  Over the course of the next 3 years, FFF supplies 3.2 Certified critical components like specialised forgings and dished ends to Divex for the fabrication of offshore diving chambers.

2012
YEAR

A CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Tim is appointed MD of FFF as PC hands over the baton.  Tim spent 5 years learning all aspects of the business from sales, accounts and engineering, all the way through to logistics and sourcing.

OPEN EAST COAST OFFICE

FFF opens the East Coast Office in Brisbane, Queensland.

2013
YEAR

A BIG YEAR – TENNIS & ALUMINA

This year saw two very different applications of FFF supplied products punctuate our history.  Tennis…. Yes, FFF supplies the specialised forged gear rack sections that operate the roof of the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

Alumina… HUH? FFF commences the supply of special corrosion resistant heat exchanger tubes to Queensland Alumina or QAL, as it is more commonly referred to.

2014
YEAR

FFF NSW OFFICE OPENS

The NSW branch of FFF opens as we continue to grow our sales & support for East Coast clients.

WHEATSTONE

We supply specialised forgings & flanges for the Domgas metering stations.

WASTE TREATMENT

Extra large forged steel rings have some surprising applications. This time we supplied four 50T rings known as digester tyres to our long time customer RCR for the Neerabup Waste Treatment plant.

2015
YEAR

CONVEYOR IDLER ROLLERS

FFF supplies the welded and seamless tube for high speed conveyor roller application to manufacturers in Western Australia.  An agreement that lasts over 3 years.

2016
YEAR

US NAVY IS ONBOARD

FFF Supply 3.2 certified specialised stainless steel forgings for diving chambers for the US Navy.

2018
YEAR

JAPAN ROLLER CORPORATION APPOINTS AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR

After a very successful partnership for the supply of conveyor idler frames destined for a copper mining operation in Panama, JRC picks FFF as its exclusive regional distribution partner.

A BIG MOVE TO WEST PERTH

Late 2018 and the team outgrows Balcatta marking another milestone in our strategic growth plan. FFF Australia moves into larger and more suitable office space on Hay Street in West Perth.

2019
YEAR

LAUNCH OF SMART-IDLER(R)

FFF bring Vayeron and JRC together to develop the JRC Smart-Idler(R).  This second generation Vayeron technology, embedded in some of the finest quality robotically manufactured conveyor rollers, brings real time condition monitoring to an application desperate for some intelligence.

Smart-Idlers are going to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and improve safety by dramatically reducing the risk of catastrophic failure & conveyor fires.