Despite the mining slowdown, Australia is still seeing more mining vehicle manufacturers make in-roads into the nation.
Earlier this year BelAZ, one of the world's largest mining haul truck manufacturers, officially launched its latest trucks into Australia, stepping into a space in which it has never played before.
Now a German firm is also taking the same route.
GHH Australia, a subsidiary of GHH Fahrzeuge and part of the wider Schmidt Kranz holding group, has opened an office in Australia to supply its range of GHH loaders, dump trucks and specialty vehicles.
On top off this it will also provide a range of drilling rigs manufactured by its sister company Mine Master.
Although it has never had a footprint like this in Australia before, the company states that since it started manufacturing LHDs and mine trucks it has supplied more than 3700 unites worldwide, and extended its range from its first few mining focused vehicles into diesel and electric powered loaders, diesel powered dump trucks, scalers, and concrete mixers.
It stated that it is moving into Australian on the back of recent innovations such as a hybrid drive train that uses both a hydrostatic and hydrodynamic drive system that combines them while reducing wasted power whilst still using standard axles and proven braking system.
This combination provides fuel savings of up to 20 per cent, GHH says, allowing mining companies to focus more on shaving back their cost base.
As part of its move into Australia GHH, together with Mine Master, will release the Australian spec FM2.8MPD - a multi-purpose twin boom drill capable of scaling, face, and roof drilling, as well as some bolting and meshing rigs.
Its current range includes machines with hydrostatic drives and CANBUS systems as well as standard hydrodynamic systems very few electronic components.
According to GHH its loaders come with payloads ranging from three to 20 tonnes while its dump trucks range in size from 15 to 55 tonnes, while its dedicated 30 tonne telescopic and mixer trucks have capacities of five cubic metres.
GHH says it also has the ability to customise loaders and trucks to suit specific site needs.