Austin wins dump truck body contract

 Austin Engineering has won a significant contract for the supply of dump truck bodies in Chile.

The contract will see Austin provide 52 high performance bodies.

Manufacturing of the bodies will begin immediately, with first delivery scheduled for this month.

Austin says it expected additional orders from the client in 2012, to support its new mine in the region.

It goes on to say that it has also received its first order from Bolivia for ten truck bodies.

Austin managing director Michael Buckland said "these contracts are another important step in the positioning of Austin into the South American mining market, following on from the multi-year Xstrata-Peru contract announced in June this year. The flexibility and increased capacity of the new ‘La Negra’ workshop in Antofagasta enables contracts such as these to be taken on board".

Buckland added that on top of the manufacture of the dump truck bodies, the "customer also has a requirement for associated repair and maintenance services".

Austin is one of only a few Australian companies currently operating in South America, a region which has the potential to provide a number of opportunities for Australian miners, according to Austrade.


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