Tyree Transformers are very pleased to welcome our new apprentices and graduates to Team Tyree in 2018

(Pictured: Seth McDonnell – Fab 2nd Year, Maneesh Selvamani – Grad Engineer, Tony Obrien – Maintenance Team Leader, Cooper Flink – Electrical, Kieran McKay – Electrical, James MacDonald – Fitter)


The team at Tyree Transformers continue to grow our business with the number of people we employ in Australian and New Zealand operations increasing by 60 permanent employees in the past year. This continued growth has also enabled us to increase our training positions with a total of 5 new apprentices and graduates commencing in 2018 at the Tyree Transformers operations at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

“The Tyree Transformer’s operations continue to grow year on year and we are very proud to be creating long term employment opportunities for the young and long term unemployed from the regions in which we operate. The team at Tyree have a proud history of training skilled workers, tradespeople & engineers and this year’s graduate intake will go on to provide their skills to the Australian community for the next generation.” said Keian Barnard, Tyree Group CEO. “In addition to training within our businesses, each year up to 50% of our annual profits are gifted by the Tyree Foundation toward engineering education and medical research which we are all proud of at Tyree. Training and education are firmly embedded in the Tyree Group’s DNA and operating principles to ensure the ongoing legacy of our founder Sir William Tyree and the Tyree family.”

For more information about the Tyree Group and available employment opportunities please visit our company websites www.tyree.com.au, www.tycab.com.au and www.tycab.co.nz

Tyree Transformers providing the power behind Australia’s shift to Hyper-Scale Data Centres.

Tyree Transformers has recently manufactured and installed two power transformers for a new 66kV Substation constructed by Beon Energy Solutions for a new hyper-scale Data Centre. The 66kV Substation is located at Derrimut Victoria and will power Melbourne’s largest data centre and Australia’s first hyper scale data centre.

Both transformers were delivered and energised in March 2017 and are rated at 66/22kV, 25/33MVA, ONAN/ONAF with 17 position on load tap changers.  The units are designed to a full power utility grade specification and each unit was successfully routine and type tested to AS60076 including achieving a 150% (49MVA) four hour overload duty. Each transformer instrumentation and controls incorporated the latest Schweitzer Laboratories SEL transformer on-line monitoring, control and automation hardware and NEOPTIC fibre optic temperature sensing equipment.

Our Tyree Transformers field service team successfully completed the site unloading, assembly, testing and pre-commissioning of both transformers in record time, ensuring the overall substation project was delivered on time for our customer Beon Energy Solutions and the end client.

This is another success for the Tyree Transformers team in providing transformers for major projects in what is a very exciting phase of infrastructure growth within Australia.

For further details on this project and Tyree’s range of products please contact our sales team on (02) 48726177 or by email at sales@tyree.com.au.

Tyree Foundation is funding research to support the ongoing development of electrical power grids

The Tyree Foundation announced its commitment of $3.5M of funding for two significant electrical engineering research projects to be completed over a period of three years.

In line with key objectives to advance engineering and education in Australia, the Tyree Foundation has entered into a joint funding agreement with the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney that has brought together these two prestigious bodies to collaborate on two research and development projects that combine education, research and development and live test facilities to provide solutions for social issues including the “Bridging the Gap Initiative” that aims to improve the lives of indigenous Australians in remote communities.

The first of the two projects aims to develop safe reliable microgrids for remote communities in Australia. Rural and remote communities increasingly rely on a wide mix of potential power sources including PV solar, thermal, diesel generators, wind, fuel cells and battery storage. The project aims to develop models for planning and optimisation of this broad range of energy sources to allow them to be interconnected in a microgrid format and remotely managed, to help provide consistent reliable power for remote communities. Critical success factors of the project include providing the capability to provide an affordable solution linking existing best of breed and locally developed components into an architecture that can be safely maintained by local residents rather than needing support that is typically many hundreds of kilometres away.

The second project has been devised to assist rural communities that rely heavily upon SWER (single wire earth return) power transmission for their electricity, and increasingly, PV Solar as a secondary power source. SWER transmission lines are often hundreds of kilometres in length and can be prone to poor reliability due to the very nature of their old design and its ability to supply today’s sophisticated and more demanding loads including televisions, computers and smart devices as well as technical issues induced through weather events and falling trees! Traditional fault finding on SWER lines is often difficult due to the lack of communications and smart technologies which typically requires engineers to “walk the line” to identify problems, this project is seeking to develop low cost remote line monitoring devices that will transmit signals to control stations in order that engineers can pinpoint faults over long distances and allow the restoration of power far more quickly than is currently the case.

These exciting projects will directly employ more than 30 people over the three year project period engaging a mix of research engineers, post graduate engineers and under graduate students to design and develop communication modules and protocols, sensor design and deployment strategies along with appropriate hardware and software solutions.

For further details on the activities of the Tyree Foundation please refer all inquiries to dward@tyree.com.au

Walk For Brain Cancer

On Sunday the 29th October a contingent of over 90 Tyree Transformers employees and their families participated in the inaugural Bowral Walk for Brain Cancer at Bong Bong Race Course.

Tyree Transformers were very pleased to be a major sponsor for the walk in support of this very worthy cause and in memory of our work mate Mark Reid who passed away from this insidious disease in July 2017.

The Tyree team raised over $5000 from contributions from our employees which were matched by the company.

On what was a gorgeous Southern Highlands summer’s day over 400 hundred people participated in the walk and raised in excess of $40,000.

This is a remarkable result from the Southern Highlands community and for the event organisers the O’Brien family, especially when compared to the funds raised by much larger regions.

For more information on this wonderful charity and its work please go to www.walk4braincancer.com.au

For more information on the Southern Highlands walk, please click here – www.walk4braincancer.com.au/events/84/w4bc-bowral


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Tyree Foundation gifts $100,000 to Challenge House

(Pictured from left to right; Keian Barnard CEO of the Tyree Group, Mark Pepping Vice President CSH, Rod Aistrope President CSH, Peter Tyree Tyree Foundation Chairman and Tony McElhinney General Manager CSH.)

The Tyree Foundation is delighted to announce its decision to commit long term support to Challenge Southern Highlands.

In making the announcement today, Tyree Foundation Directors, Peter Tyree and Robyn Fennell (nee Tyree) handed over a cheque for $100,000 and spoke of the aims and objectives of the Tyree Foundation to continue its support of worthwhile initiatives with social benefits to the Southern Highlands community.

Challenge Southern Highlands is an Incorporated Association and a community-based charitable organisation which operates the Welby Garden Centre as well as a Packaging Division and a Secure Document Destruction Service as an Australian Disability Enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for over 50 individuals with intellectual disabilities in a professional and caring environment.

Challenge was established some 30 years ago by parents who where concerned that their child had a no external support network after leaving school in order that the child can enjoy a fulfilling life, eventually without parental support The Challenge House project aims to provide support to adult children currently living with parent(s) to assist them in transitioning to living independently. Tyree Foundation’s gift of $100,000 will enable Challenge in funding the final works to realise this project.

The Tyree Foundation is a charitable organisation whose mission is to fund initiatives that benefit the wider Australian community, through education, medical research, and other important initiatives such as Challenge House. The Tyree Foundation was formed in 1971 to develop the philanthropic activities of the Tyree family who along with the Tyree Group of Companies, headquartered at Braemar, has been a major employer in the Southern Highlands since the 1970’s and presently employ a permanent workforce of over one hundred & ninety. Nowadays the Tyree Group operates under a charter wherein a significant amount of its profits are donated to the Tyree Foundation for charitable works.

In announcing its gift, Peter Tyree the Chairman of the Tyree Foundation and one of the founders of the Tyree Group said; ‘making this gift was a natural progression of Tyree’s charitable activities and community service over many years within the Southern Highlands. As a major employer in the region it pleasing that Tyree are able to give back to the local community with our support of Challenge House’.

Like many private benefactors the Tyree Family has historically been somewhat private and reticent in promoting its charitable activities but has decided to be more public on this occasion due to the wonderful benefits that Challenge House will provide to the disabled and their families in our community.

Peter went on to say; ‘the Tyree Foundation will aim to provide ongoing support to Challenge Southern Highlands to assist its development as a provider of employment opportunities, training, lifestyle, wellbeing and purpose to such a wonderful group of individuals’.

For further details on Challenge Southern Highlands and its activities please refer to www.challengesh.org.au.

Tyree Transformers delivering into New Zealand.

Tyree Transformers has recently delivered two 6/8MVA ONAF Power Transformers to a regional power utility business, EA Networks who operate a network in the south island of New Zealand.
The two units were transported fully assembled from Tyree’s Mittagong operations to Lyttleton Port near Christchurch and successfully transported to the EA Networks substation sites at Tinwald and Fairton.

The 3-winding transformers were rated 22/11kV with a 6.6kV tertiary stabiliser winding and connected with a YNyn0+d1 vector to provide a network interconnection for critical, seasonal loading changes within the network.
The units were designed with a 10MVA 120hour overload rating, and the necessary electro-mechanical strength to provide through fault withstand capability over the transformers design life as necessary for an interconnecting transformer. The Tyree design successfully pass full type testing to this duty cycle as part of the stringent FAT testing programme required by EA Networks.

The units incorporated SEL 2414 Transformer Management Relays and were also specifically designed to meet New Zealand seismic conditions and corrosion protection requirements.

Tyree exclusively use thermally upgraded cellulose insulation papers on our power transformer windings. Tyree employ a pressing and stabilising process of power transformer windings that is proven for manufacture of transformers capable of short circuit withstand. The active part assembly was dried using Tyree’s proprietary vacuum drying process that limits oxidisation. At tanking, after dry out we successfully achieved a final test result on direct insulation paper samples of 1190 DP. (The Degree of Polymerisation  DP testing was completed by independent laboratory using an average viscometric degree of polymerisation to ASTM D 4243-99).

This excellent DP result revalidates and is a clear example of the Tyree vacuum dry out process achieving the reduced levels of insulation paper aging during production which is expected of modern power transformer manufacturers.

For inquiries on power transformers and other Tyree products please contact our sales team by email on sales@tyree.com.au or +61 2 48726177

New Western Australian Sales Manager

Tyree Industries would like to welcome Anton DeLange to the team,

With over 24 years’ experience in the electrical industry, Anton joins Tyree from ABB, where he was the National Distribution Transformer Product Marketing Manager based on Western Australia.

During his ten years with ABB Anton held numerous product management and sales roles supporting sales for a wide range of products including Low Voltage Switchgear, Medium Voltage Switchgear. High Voltage Switchgear and Distribution Transformers.

Prior to joining ABB Anton was the switchboard Production Manager for Ausmine Electrical and completed a twelve year career in the Royal Australian Navy where he gained extensive electrical & mechanical maintenance experience servicing major equipment on submarines and surface vessels.

For more information about the Tyree Industries transformers for WA, or to inquire about product sales please contact our sales team on sales@tyree.com.au or call 02 48726177

The Tyree Group is celebrating our 70th Birthday

Founded in 1946 by Sir William (Bill) Tyree (decd 2013), the Tyree Group of companies and Tyree Transformers has a rich and fascinating history.

Sir William formed the original company at Camperdown Sydney with a £5000 loan and began business manufacturing electric motors.
The first order for transformers was placed in 1948 by the Sydney Water Board – two 50kVA, 11kV 415 units. These first orders ignited in Sir William a lifelong passion for transformers.
From this first order Tyree successfully tendered these products against the entrenched overseas owned competition, leading to a strong, long standing relationship that lasted many decades.
In 1952 a new factory was established in Kingsgrove Sydney, as Tyree had outgrown their original premises in Camperdown. Production was extended to include up to 1500kVA 33KV products and the first of these was delivered in 1953.

“I was able to build transformers two years ahead of any of my English-controlled competitors. It meant I was eventually able to buy them out”. (SWT, 2004)

By the early ‘60s Tyree were the largest manufacturer of transformers in the Southern Hemisphere.

After several attempts by Westinghouse, Sir William sold them the business in 1972, on the condition that he had free reign to run the company for 10 years.
Sir William left Westinghouse in 1978 and retained a small transformer business manufacturing pole transformers and a business manufacturing copper conductor and wire.

From initially humble beginnings in 1946, Tyree has always strived to provide a high level of service.

On his passing in 2013 Sir William bequeathed all of his business interests to a Trust whose primary purpose is to provide profits for distribution to the Tyree Foundation. The Tyree Foundation is a charitable organisation which continues his philanthropic efforts through donations to support engineering education, engineering and medical research projects.

The Tyree Group continues Sir William’s manufacturing legacy and charitable works

Tyree Group CEO Keian Barnard said ‘It is Sir William’s work ethic and can do attitude which is embedded in our company culture today. In a highly competitive global market for transformers and cable the Tyree Group continues to evolve ensuring we remain competitive and relevant to the changing needs of our customers’.

Our cable manufacturing business Tycab located at Dandenong, continues to expand and has been progressively re-tooled with state of the art machinery and automation solutions to improve our product quality, increase production capacity and to take advantage of labour efficiencies gained from automation. Expansion of our production facility is in progress with scheduled completion in June 2017 which will provide further growth opportunities for the next five years.

Today our transformer business located at Mittagong designs, manufactures, tests and services a comprehensive range of transformer products including small distribution transformers rated from 5kVA to 3MVA and power transformers to 45MVA in voltage classes up to 132kV.
In the past five years Tyree Transformers has continued to expand its product range to include kiosk substations, padmount substations, metering transformers and dry type transformers, in addition we have increased the size of power transformers we manufacture to increased MVA levels.

Reinvestment into our business is a continuing process at Tyree Transformers, with the recent implementation of automatic coil winding machines, automatic core winding machines and core annealing furnaces into our distribution transformer facility. In addition to this investment in machinery and automation, construction is underway to further expand the Tyree power transformer facility with a 40% increase in floor space scheduled for occupation in mid-2017.

‘As an Australian manufacturer we are proud to be continuing to grow and provide real opportunities for training and local employment. Our major clients in the power sector continue to undergo significant change due to privatisation and reduced budgets under the AER process. In response to these challenges, Tyree has continued to focus on reducing our cost base to remain competitive whilst continuing to improving our service levels to the Australian, New Zealand and Oceania region.’

Our success in delivering cost effective Australian made solutions, is reflected in our extensive repeat customer base made up of all of the major power utilities, rail transport operators, mining companies added to large number of industrial, defence, renewable energy generators and commercial clients across Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the Oceania nations.

Recent major contract wins

Tyree Transformers are proud to announce three significant contract awards which demonstrate the capability of the Tyree Transformer’s team and our plans for the future.
Tyree have recently been awarded the following period contracts;

  •  Western Power have awarded Tyree a contract for the supply of a comprehensive range of distribution transformers, including pole transformers, ground mount transformers, metering units and MPS substations,
  • ACTEWAGL have awarded Tyree a contract for the supply of their pole mount transformers, ground mount transformers and kiosk substations,
  • Powercor & Citipower have awarded Tyree a five year contract for the supply of power transformers ranging from 10MVA to 55MVA.

In this our 70th year, the Tyree Group celebrates both a significant company milestone and these contract successes which are major steps toward securing our long term future.

For more information about the Tyree Group companies, or to inquire about product sales please contact our sales team on sales@tyree.com.au

Tyree Christmas Production Dates

Tyree production will be dispatching up until 21st December 2016. Please confirm with our Customer Service Team the last day and time that your company are able to accept deliveries before your Christmas shutdown period. Tyree will re-commence production on the 9th January, 2017.
EMERGENCY CONTACT: For emergency situations that require immediate delivery of transformers or accessories during the period of 22nd December 2016 to 9th January 2017 inclusive please call:

Kevin Dunphy: 0439 746 122
Judy Temporali: 0429 679 423

From all of us at Tyree,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

As the majority of our clients are no longer able to accept corporate Christmas gifts, each year at Christmas Tyree Transformers donates an equivalent amount to suitable charities in recognition of our customers support. This Christmas we have again donated equipment to Challenge Southern Highlands, who provide employment and training opportunities to adults with disabilities.
We would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support this year and we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Powering up Darwin International Airport

During 2015 and 2016, Tyree Transformers successfully delivered 4 x 11KV 1000KVA kiosk substations for the $60M upgrade of Darwin International Airport.

Darwin International Airport is a major transport hub and key infrastructure asset for the Northern Territory and Australia, servicing over two million passengers per year the upgrade will lift capacity to three million per annum when complete.

After a rigorous tender process Tyree Transformers was chosen for our cost effective, Australian made, high quality kiosk substations.

The key features of the Tyree Transformer kiosk solution include;

  • powder painted 304 grade stainless steel enclosures
  • integral oil containment bund for 110% of the transformer oil volume
  • precast reinforced concrete plinths or fully hot dipped galvanised plinths
  • type tested 11kV Ring Main Units
  • 433V Low Voltage Switchboards
  • Sealed distribution transformer with hot dipped galvanised tank

As a fully type tested design to Australian standards AS60076 and to AS62271.202 for Internal Arc Containment (IAC) Part A&B, Tyree kiosk substations offer our clients with a high quality, reliable solution which ensures the highest levels of safety for both operators and the general public.

Please refer to our download centre on our website for full catalogues on our extensive range of transformer, padmount & kiosk substation products and support services.

To find out more about Tyree Transformers and our kiosk substation products, please contact our sales team on +61 2 48726177 or by email at  sales@tyree.com.au