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Newcastle manufacturer expands

Gillian Summers with stress relieving oven
Gillian Summers with stress relieving oven

Newcastle manufacturer Brain Industries is expanding its workshop space to accommodate its growth in business and staff.

Brain is leasing the 1,194 sqm building at 174 Young Street, Carrington.

The space is will also be home to Brain’s main office. The extra space increases the amount of workshop space Brain has available to manufacture an expanding range of products. 

Brain’s three other existing areas are adjacent to the new building, in Young Street Carrington. The new building brings the total size of Brain’s manufacturing workshops and office space to 3,265 sqm.

Managing Director Gillian Summers said Brain was exporting more product and in the past six months the number of full time equivalent staff grew from 16 to 25.  Gillian said during that time the company had also invested $800,000 in additional equipment, including:


  • a new stress relieving oven
  • CNC shaft lathe
  • large capacity manual lathe
  • inner shield and submerged arc welding equipment including work piece manipulators and rotators.


Ms Summers said Brain had just sent another two of our Airloader pumps to oil and gas fields in Nigeria, Africa. Brain also exports to the Middle East, North America and Asia.

 “We are proof that manufacturing is not dead in the Hunter,” Ms Summers said.

 “Our genius team design and manufacture products such as pumps that work where conventional products won’t to clean up spills, pump the impossible, and keep conveyors and pulleys moving.,” she said.

 “Our quality products have few internal moving parts for less wear and outstanding reliability.”

 “We don’t just make equipment, we engineer custom design solutions to industry problems and assist with servicing, overhaul and recertification.

 “We solve materials handling problems, avoid downtime and help keep workforces safe.

 With Brain continuing to occupy more of Young Street, Ms Summers said Brain’s Co-founder, Tony Lobb, and staff have joked that its southern end could be renamed Brain Street.

Brain manufactures pumps, stone dusters, conveyor products, oil and fluid diffusers to make difficult materials handling jobs easier and keep workforces safe. It is serving an expanding client base in Australia and overseas in the mining, tunnelling, transport, oil & gas, agriculture, local government, waste treatment, and marine industries