John Swire & Sons Pty, Kalari and HSE Mining’s parent company, today announced the merger of the two companies, effective immediately.

Kalari Managing Director Peter O’Shannessy takes responsibility for leading the merged company while former HSE Mining Managing Director Allan Fidock will take on the newly created role of John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd Executive General Manager Mining Development, reporting to Chairman Geoff Cundle. This role will be dedicated to winning significant new business in the Mining Services sector.

John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd Chairman Geoff Cundle said the merger was an opportunity to pursue growth and improved productivity in an industry sector which has faced significant financial pressure over the past several years.

Mr O’Shannessy said that while opportunities to best integrate the businesses were explored, the focus remained on servicing customers’ needs and the day-to-day operation of the businesses during this time.