BELAZ ready to deliver to OZ

by Apeg, October 28, 2012

There is little Belarusian Autoworks does not know about dump trucks. The company has produced more than 500 different models and modifications over more than 50 years of development – with payload capacities ranging from 30 to 400 tons (27-363 tonnes). The company is so entrenched in the mining sector that almost one in three dump trucks sold around the world carry the BELAZ badge. An individual approach to its customers, good production quality and a reasonable pricing means Belarusian mining dump trucks are still increasing in popularity with mining companies.

To call 2011 a successful year for Belarusian Autoworks would be a major understatement. Export sales topped US$1 billion ‒ almost 151 per cent against its rate in 2010. BELAZ dump trucks were delivered to more than 30 countries – including its traditional markets of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Asian markets (China, Mongolia, Vietnam), Africa (South African Republic, Guinea, Egypt), Latin America (Chile, Venezuela), Europe (Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Poland, Estonia).

Serious inroads are also being made in Indonesia, India, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and the US, and the latest target is Australia. Belarusian Autoworks general director Petr Parkhomchik said the reason for the company’s success was down to quality and choice. “We can offer our customers what our competitors cannot ‒ freedom. Namely, the freedom to choose the dump truck configuration,” he said. “For instance, in case of dump trucks with payload capacity of 220-240 tons (200-217 tonnes), BELAZ offers the choice of engine manufacturer (such as Cummins or MTU), but also offers a wide selection of drive systems.

“Customers can choose the type of the drive system (AC-DC, AC-AC) and the manufacturer (General Electric, Siemens, Electrosila). This ensures that both mining equipment manufacturers and mining equipment customers are less dependent on the specific suppliers of components.” Extensive research and analysis of the Australian market narrowed down the initial offering of trucks to make it here. “Mining dump trucks with payload capacity of 240-260 tons (217–235 tonnes) will be delivered to Australia by the end of this year,” Mr Parkhomchik said.

“The configuration of the dump trucks considers all the requirements and peculiarities of the Australian market. “After a series of negotiations with Australian mining companies we realised that the most effective way to persuade an Australian customer to buy a new product is to let them ‘taste’ it. “The first dump trucks we are bringing to Australia will be equipped with Siemens or General Electric AC-AC drive systems.” An Australian distributor, Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG), has set up a network of sales and after sales staff to support the introduction of the BELAZ dump trucks and an agreement with Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs is in place for repairs and maintenance.

APEG CEO Igor Lokteev said the BELAZ vehicles would be ideal for Australian mines and interest was building. “We have been assessing the market for the past six months. People are very interested as these are viable products which are used to working in harsh and difficult conditions,” Mr Lokteev said. BELAZ and APEG are gearing up for some busy order book activity and already have plans in place to present the 400-ton (362 tonne) capacity BELAZ-75602 at AIMEX in August next year.

“Customers can choose the type of the drive system (AC-DC, AC-AC) and the manufacturer (General Electric, Siemens, Electrosila). This ensures that both mining equipment manufacturers and mining equipment customers are less dependent on the specific suppliers of components.” Extensive research and analysis of the Australian market narrowed down the initial offering of trucks to make it here. “Mining dump trucks with payload capacity of 240-260 tons (217–235 tonnes) will be delivered to Australia by the end of this year,” Mr Parkhomchik said.

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