RICHARDS Bay-based mining and industrial mobile equipment maker ETT is poised for major growth into Africa after signing a partnership agreement with Australian mining equipment heavyweight, Austin Engineering.
The deal will see them jointly marketing, selling and supporting their products through one company across Africa. The joining of the two southern hemisphere industry mining equipment powerhouses follows months of discussion and planning.
ETT, a 25-year-old privately owned South African company based in Richards Bay, manufactures open pit mine support equipment and specialised mobile industrial equipment. Its products are distributed in more than 20 countries around the world.
It has made a name for itself in mining and industrial operations with its range of rear loading mining lowbed trailers, mining water trucks, fuel and lube trucks.
Managing Director Andre McDuling said, “ETT’s proven record of manufacturing excellence and product innovation underpinned by our strong after sales support in Africa is one of the key reasons why this partnership was formed.
“We are confident that the industry is ready for a partnership like this that will provide the widest range of mining attachments and support products in the world from one source.”
Austin Engineering, an Australian Stock Exchange listed company with headquarters in Brisbane, has more than 50 years’ experience in engineering and manufacturing equipment for the mining industry with operations in Australia, Asia, North and South America, and now South Africa.
It makes customised dump truck bodies, buckets, water tanks, tyre handlers and other ancillary products provide compelling productivity gains for its clients in the mining industry.
Austin Engineering Managing Director Peter Forsyth said, “The importance of this partnership for Africa is that Austin now has a solid and reliable platform through which customers can be offered a world-class product supported by world-class service.”
Austin does not currently have a presence in Africa.