Smeaton Grange business Omni Tanker builds world-first technology

Omni Tanker chief technical officer Luke Djukic, Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres, and Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves check out the new tanks. Picture: Simon Bennett
Omni Tanker chief technical officer Luke Djukic, Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres, and Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves check out the new tanks. Picture: Simon Bennett

A Smeaton Grange business that began as a small start-up in 2006 has now become a world leader in chemical transport.

Omni Tanker, an advanced manufacturing company, has developed world-first technology in bulk tanker equipment to dramatically improve the safety and efficiency of corrosive chemical transport.

Managing director Daniel Rodgers said the Omni ISO Tank is based on the company's patented core technology, conceived by founder Bill Rodgers and refined by a team of skilled engineers and technicians.

"The Omni ISO Tank has been designed to safely transport Class 8 corrosive chemicals - such as acid - by road, rail and sea as well as other chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonium hydroxide," he said.

"The tank is made from advanced carbon fibre composite materials with an integrated thermoplastic interior to make it 40 per cent lighter than traditional steel tanks and highly corrosion resistant.

"Not only does the Omni ISO Tank dramatically increase the safety of moving aggressive chemicals but also makes it more efficient by allowing operators to transport more product within their weight limits and reduce maintenance costs."

Mr Rodgers said developing this technology was a testament to their skilled team and Australia's ability to develop world-leading advanced manufacturing solutions.

"Technology is important to give us an edge and compete in world markets," he said.

"We have validated the performance of Omni Tanker with Australian road transport operators and are now launching it for intermodal transport in global markets."

Jobs, Investment and Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres said the company had secured a $100,000 grant from the NSW Government to help develop the tank.

"A Building Partnerships grant helped Omni Tanker design, engineer and manufacture two prototype tanks and prepare for testing in Germany," he said.

"Now the company is exporting worldwide after gaining regulatory approvals for sales in Australia, Europe, the US, Canada, and parts of Africa and Asia.

"Omni Tanker is a great example of a Western Sydney advanced manufacturing company showing the world how it should be done.

"Up to 75 new jobs over five years could be created through its growth in international markets."