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Diesel Power, established 27 years ago as a plant hire company, has over time expanded its services to also include contract mining. The company – part of the Buildmax Group – now specialises in opencast mining and rehabilitation services and works closely with mine owners to achieve high productivity at lowest cost per ton.

One of the company’s core values is its commitment to promoting and maintaining safety on site. According to CEO Justin Colling, the objectives are achieved through investment in top quality equipment (which is carefully selected to efficiently handle specific tasks) and the implementation of proper operator training.

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“Our solutions-driven approach to contract work requires the team to adapt quickly and seamlessly, as circumstances and requirements change. Our ability to keep abreast with market demand keeps us at the forefront of this dynamic sector,” explains Colling.

“Challenges currently experienced by the industry include sourcing affordable funding agreements for projects, crippling contract terms and conditions and inflexible contracting models. Unfortunately, traditional funding institutions are increasingly reluctant to fund mining projects, so other finance options and possibilities need to be explored,” he says.

“In our recent acquisition from HPE Africa of a Hyundai R850LC-9 excavator, we were highly-impressed with the company’s internal finance facilities, which offers adaptable financial options and instalment payment choices to suit our exact needs,” adds Colling.

“Although securing a fair finance package is critical in contract services, it is equally important to source equipment from a supplier which offers dependable support and a maintenance service around the clock. With HPE Africa’s attention to detail to date, we are confident this robust machine will operate in peak condition, for the duration of every shift.”

“However, the most critical factor in the acquisition of capital equipment is selection of the correct machine for each application. Our new Hyundai R850LC-9 excavator, which is being used for coaling operations and softs removal, lives up to its promise for quick, effortless manoeuvrability and high productivity. This machine is light on fuel, easy to maintain and delivers superior productivity due to its improved cycle times and loading capacity.”

Alex Ackron, HPE Africa’s MD, adds: “In a highly competitive and challenging industry, we are committed to continue finding innovative solutions to assist our customers with the challenges they face. Apart from the supply of quality machines, supported by technical expertise, we have recognised the need in the local market for flexible finance and service options and a reliable engineering, repair and maintenance facility.”

“We also work closely with our broad customer base to modify equipment, when necessary, to meet exact performance requirements. Field tests ensure every machine conforms to stringent quality and safety specifications and meets exact application requirements.”

HPE Africa – exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Hyundai Construction Equipment – distributes Hyundai wheel loaders, wheeled and tracked excavators and skid steer loaders, as well as Soosan hydraulic hammers and McCloskey crushing and screening plants. The company offers a technical advisory, support and maintenance service throughout southern Africa.

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