JOURNEY through time
R. Moore & Sons boasts a fascinating history marked by impressive entrepreneurial spirit and embracing flexibility, a wonderful ability to pivot and evolve, and a firm focus on delivering clients what they needed every step of the way.
The timeline below encapsulates some of our milestone moments.
R. Moore & Sons’ (RMS) first workshop was established in Perth, behind the family home, when Irish migrant Robert Moore saw an opportunity in the short supply of engine components.
The RMS team has grown to include 10 staff and 8 apprentices.
During the Great Depression, demand for tractor, car and truck parts continued and then, as now, RMS remained competitive by producing a high-quality product.
With a staff of 46, RMS is 100% engaged in munitions work supporting the Australian Defence Force during World War II. The company was running a 24/7 operation manufacturing Bofor Gun parts, Bren Gun Carrier parts and Tiger Moth aircraft parts. Additionally, it was reconditioning periscope thrust races for the American Navy submarines. The Commonwealth positioned armed Special Peace Officers to guard the RMS facility.
The Department of Civil Aviation granted RMS approval as Inspectors. It allowed us to carry out all machining operations and heat treatment in the manufacture and repair of items for aircraft, including crankshaft grinding, bearing re-metalling and line boring.
Robert Moore Snr dies, aged 76, and is remembered as one of WA’s pioneers. His ventures included owning and operating hotels and a cordial factory in the WA Goldfields as well as the first truck carting salt to Esperance port, a transport business servicing Fremantle port, along with a weekend bus service from Perth city to Scarborough beach. He also ran farming and commercial fishing operations alongside the RMS engineering business. Sons Bob, Lindsay and William take over the reins.
RMS becomes the Australian distributor for Italian manufacturing giant Berco’s under carriage track parts.
RMS brought in to Western Australia and assembled the first Nissan truck and begins distributing the Nissan Motor Company’s UD marine and industrial diesel engines.
Bill Moore’s sons, Neil and Warren, join RMS. Neil became involved in accounting and finances while Warren completed an apprenticeship and focused on an engineering career. Both remain involved today.
By the 70s, RMS is servicing diesel fuel injection components at five WA locations. At this time, computers were integrated into R. Moore & Sons and, in the same era, four ‘Production Line’ engine remanufacturing plants were operating on Australia’s east coast.
RMS moves over a two-week period to modern, purpose-built premises at 7 Noble St in Kewdale, where it remains today.
By the mid 80s, RMS employed 200+ people who were scattered at more than 15 sites around Australia.
Brothers Neil and Warren Moore purchased the core engineering business of RMS. Both remain part of the business today.
With a strong management team in place and a depth of young staff, RMS was awarded Lloyd’s Quality Assurance Approval.
With a keen ‘green focus’, RMS undertakes a review of its Kewdale operations. This led to a number of initiatives including the installation of a waste water recycling system in 2004 and a solar PV system several years later. This gained the company a number of environmental awards, recognising the importance of the changes.
As part of its succession planning, RMS’ management financially partners with the Moore family.
In an industry-leading move, RMS invests in ‘out of the norm’ CNC machining centres delivering exceptional quality, repeatability and efficiencies.
RMS celebrates 100 years of success while continuing to focus on engineering the future.
Proud Past, Exciting Future
In turning 100 in 2020, we joined only a handful of family businesses in Western Australia to reach that milestone. We’re proud of our amazing history and excited about our future in the diesel and gas engine component regeneration industry.
R. MOORE & SONS
An Entrepreneur Arrives
R. Moore & Sons was founded by Irish migrant Robert Moore, who arrived in Western Australia as a teenager.
When he landed in Fremantle in 1897, no one could have predicted the significant impact this young entrepreneur would have on the state’s economy.