20 Years of SMS

SMS Group Services is now celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Twenty years that has seen it grow from a fledgling one-man operation into the successful Tier 1 business and first-choice contractor that it is today.
As a small under-resourced start-up, it would seem counter-intuitive to try to break into an established market where major players dominate the landscape. Especially a low-tech venture that requires significant initial costs, and little prospect of leveraging any advantage from new technologies or proprietary intellectual property.

Yet that is exactly what SMS has succeeded in doing – winning contract after contract against competitors who had established track records, massive stockpiles of valuable equipment and substantial capital reserves.

20 Years of History

1

Mark Welsh starts scaffolding business.

Operations managed from Mark’s South Perth residence.

2001
2

Rental of a small office in Balcatta.

QAL expansion project, Queensland.

2002
3

Train 4 LNG, Karratha.

2003
Clear-timeline
2004
2010

Supplier partnership with Alquip as their alloy dealership in WA.

2005
4

Awarded construction work at Hismelt.

Kwinana and Wagorup Alcoa Expansion.

2006
2007

Purchase of 400m² office and warehouse in Carlisle.

Ravensthorpe Nickel Operations.

2007
2008-1

Rental of additional 750m² unit.

Purchased first 8 tonne truck.

2008
Clear-timeline
2009
2010

Purchase of 1,500m² office/warehouse.

2010
Karara yard

Construction contract secured with Karara Mining Limited (KML).

2011
Clear-timeline
2012
Clear-timeline
2013
2014-1

Commissioning contract with KML.

2014
2015

Purchase of 6,000m² office/warehouse.

2015
2016

First scaffolding & sentry services maintenance awarded.
Confined space management with KML.

2016
2017

Access management for MSP/Tianqi lithium plant construction, Kwinana.

2017
2018

Bunbury branch opens
Fremantle Ports maintenance contract.
Australian partner for HAKI scaffolding.

2018
2019

Rental of additional 3,000m² hard standing.

2019
Clear-timeline
2020
17

SMS celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
Maintenance and shutdown continuing at Ravensthorpe.

2021
1

Mark Welsh starts scaffolding business.

Operations managed from Mark’s South Perth residence.

2001
2

Rental of a small office in Balcatta.

QAL expansion project, Queensland.

2002
3

Train 4 LNG, Karratha.

2003
Clear-timeline
2004
2010

Supplier partnership with Alquip as their alloy dealership in WA.

2005
4

Awarded construction work at Hismelt.

Kwinana and Wagorup Alcoa Expansion.

2006
2007

Purchase of 400m² office and warehouse in Carlisle.

Ravensthorpe Nickel Operations.

2007
2008-1

Rental of additional 750m² unit.

Purchased first 8 tonne truck.

2008
Clear-timeline
2009
2010

Purchase of 1,500m² office/warehouse.

2010
Karara yard

Construction contract secured with Karara Mining Limited (KML).

2011
Clear-timeline
2012
Clear-timeline
2013
2014-1

Commissioning contract with KML.

2014
2015

Purchase of 6,000m² office/warehouse.

2015
2016

First scaffolding & sentry services maintenance awarded.
Confined space management with KML.

2016
2017

Access management for MSP/Tianqi lithium plant construction, Kwinana.

2017
2018

Bunbury branch opens
Fremantle Ports maintenance contract.
Australian partner for HAKI scaffolding.

2018
2019

Rental of additional 3,000m² hard standing.

2019
Clear-timeline
2020
17

SMS celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
Maintenance and shutdown continuing at Ravensthorpe.

2021

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