Local manufacturers win award for providing drives to BHP Billiton

Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia) and Australian manufacturer Ontrak Engineering have taken out first place in the Australian Bulk Handling Awards for supplying drive systems to BHP Billiton’s underground Appin coal mine.

The duo won the ‘Excellence in the Application of Gears, Motors or Drives’ gong at the industry awards in December, for their custom engineering job that saw Bonfiglioli Alignment-Free Drives, A series and HDO series helical bevels, and 711 series Mobile Travel Drives were incorporated into Ontrak feeder breakers for use in the mine.

The win represents a classic case study in which local manufacturers can take advantage of Australia’s mining boom, by teaming-up with companies that have experience in the sector.

According to Bonfiglioli, its drives were chosen by Ontrak for use in the project due to their “superior technology, innovative Australian engineering and total reliability in arduous conditions.”   

Ontrak says it chose to work with Bonfiglioli because of the company’s superior service and support.

“We choose to use Bonfiglioli products because of their excellent support staff, local assembly of their drives and motors, which mean they are painted and ready to fit, as well as their superior quality,” said Ontrak managing director, Steve Lewry.

“We’ve used their products for four years and have never had a failure.”

Ontrak Engineering is an Australian manufacturer of underground coal mining equipment. 

Its customers include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata Coal, Gujarat NRE, Centennial Coal, Solid Energy NZ and Peabody Coal.

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