To be Australia’s most respected equipment fabrication company operating in selected target markets delivering unmatched value, confidence and quality.


Established in 1975, Thornton Engineering Australia Pty Ltd operates five extensively equipped and efficient workshops. Our dedicated Vessel Shop, two Beamline’s, Plate Shop and our Penshurst workshop allow us to cover a diverse range of products including but not limited to:
  • Structural Steel Fabrication
  • Pressure Vessel Fabrication
  • Heat Exchanger Fabrication
  • Autoclave Fabrication
  • Process Equipment
  • Plate Fabrication
  • Modular & Pipe Spool Fabrication
  • Heavy Wall Pipe Fabrication
Our main cliental are from the Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Petrochemical and Minerals processing industries. Our workshops are designed for linear fabrication, allowing work to flow in and out at a high frequency. We are in the prime location to get the finished product into your hands. Our main workshops are located just off the Geelong Ring Road. Less then 15km from the nearest airport and 5km from a heavy port, with an over-dimensional transport route. 


David Thornton


David Thornton joined Thornton Engineering in 1995 after completing and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at RMIT.

Working with father Andrew Thornton as a productive team we have committed to building world-class factories to service the engineering market in Australia.

David’s work passion is conceiving a world-class concept and turning it into a reality.

David Gunning


Coming soon…

James Heffernan

General Manager

James Heffernan joined Thornton Engineering in January 2018. James is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the construction and manufacturing industries. 

Skilled in Business Growth and Development, People Management, Cost Control, and Contract Management, James brings a depth of experience to the Management Team. 

In recent years James has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) to compliment his Construction Management (Honors) degree and trade qualifications.

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