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Sign of the times
BIG machines for rent - not purchase - in Queensland mining.
Wednesday 06 May 2015  

KOMATSU Australia has officially unveiled its new equipment rental business, a sign of the changing landscape in Queensland mining.

Over the past two years the industry has suffered through severe cost cuts, and many mining services businesses have gone under.

The worst affected - and the first to go - were often those with big debts on new machines that were needed to secure lucrative mining contracts.

Not surprisingly, many contractors are now loathe to purchase equipment to secure work, and are instead looking to hire machines on an as-need basis.

There has been a substantial increase in demand for heavy equipment hire over the past two years, and Komatsu is now offering a fleet of more than 200 construction and utility machines for use down the east coast of Australia and in New Zealand.

“This is not just another finance solution with ownership responsibilities and balloon

payments at the end of a lease period,” said Komatsu Rental’s National Manager, Geoff Pisani.

“And as the only national OEM-backed rental operator, Komatsu Rental customers get all the advantages of Komatsu machine owners including access to our KOMTRAX and KOWA machine management reporting systems, and complete integration with our technical and service operations.

“That means Komatsu Rental customers are able to enjoy the same level of support and peace of mind that is available to a Komatsu machine owner.”

Mr Pisani said demand for equipment hire was already strong.

“Many contractors and plant hire companies today have limited access to capital, so the rental option is very attractive to them,” he said.

“There is also the changing demands of the major project environment, where the major contractors no longer own all of their equipment, instead engaging plant hirers and subcontractors – who in turn can see the advantages of renting quality low-hour equipment during the term of their project.

Mr Pisani said there were many opportunities in supplying plant hire companies wanting supplement their fleets to meet ever-changing project demands.

“Some customers see us in that role, others see us as an opportunity to grow their businesses with no capital outlays, so they get the latest equipment technology without any maintenance or upfront costs,” he said.

The move to hire - rather than buy - also gives contractors flexibility to upsize or downsize quickly when needed.

“These days, major customers are preserving their capital for fixed plant and infrastructure

and are increasingly looking to rental as a flexible solution to supplement their existing

mobile fleet, especially during periods of increased production,” he said.


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