Hastings Deering is expanding their operations in New Caledonia, and opening a state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Païta this evening.
The expansion represents a significant growth in demand for machinery maintenance services in the South Pacific country, especially services related to the growing nickel mining industry.
Caltrac is the full-service Caterpillar dealer and arm of Hastings Deering in new Calendonia, which has expanded their service centre to six operational bays, compared with two in the old facility.
Caltrac’s directeur général Michele Verges said the new facility was on the cutting-edge of machinery facilities, not just in the South Pacific but worldwide.
“We are one of the leading commercial entities in New Caledonia and deeply involved in the business life of the region,” he said.
“This new facility means that Caltrac now provides and services the full range of Caterpillar equipment from mini excavators to off-highway trucks.
“It is also located closer to mine sites, giving quicker response times and less travel for clients, as well as being next to New Caledonia’s primary highway, making machinery and goods transport easier and quicker.”
“As we produce 25 per cent of the world’s known nickel resources, this puts us in a strong position for future growth.”
Strong nickel prices have driven a boost in mining growth and infrastructure spending in New Caledonia.