Mar 13, 2018

The WA company that mateship forgot

While the government gives itself a pat on the back for stopping Trump's tariffs hitting big Aussie companies, one small WA company has been overlooked, and is going to be smashed by US protectionism.

Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane

Crikey business and media commentator / Politics editor

While the government seeks to play up its Trump Whispering in maintaining the status quo on steel and aluminum (as the Americans call it) tariffs, and insists it has given nothing by way of the “security deal” Trump has mentioned, there’s a small regional West Australian company that has been forgotten in all the back-slapping.

Simcoa is a WA company based in Bunbury, south of Perth and employs 180 people. The company says it produces 50,000 tonnes of silicon and 11,000 tonnes of silica fume a year — enough to meet Australia’s total demand and then export the remainder — most of its production — to the rest of the world. Some of its exports go to the United States — not a huge amount, but at just under US$34 million, it’s an important source of revenue for Simcoa and its workers.

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