With hire and rental companies feeling the pinch of the mining slowdown, many within the industry are looking to diversify their range and offer alternative products with a point of difference which will make them stand out from the crowd.
Couple this with the intention to reduce carbon emissions, become more environmentally friendly and improve on efficiency and we can see how hire and rental companies are looking to acquire products which will appeal to an industry that has decreased capital expenditure costs in recent times.
One hire and rental company operating out of WA's Pilbara region is doing just that by purchasing vehicles for mining companies to hire that aim to reduce emissions of from the exhaust of diesel vehicles.
Raw Hire has purchased new vehicles, including a six tonne flatbed truck, crane trucks and a 54 seater bus which are all fitted with an AdBlue facility.
AdBlue is the Australian trademark name for Aqueous Urea Solution 32.5%, which is used with modern Selective Catalytic Reduction systems (SCR), to reduce emissions.
Adblue is a solution of high purity urea in demineralised water that is clear, non-toxic and safe to touch. But because it is not a fuel or a fuel additive, it needs to be used in a dedicated tank fitted out in heavy duty vehicles.
Adblue is sprayed into the exhaust gas between the engine manifold and catalytic convertor and works by hydrolysing into ammonia.
The ammonia then reacts on the catalyst surface with the nitrous oxide to give off harmless nitrogen and water vapour.
Raw Hire asset and logistic manager, Tom Petrickovic, said making the transition to more environmentally friendly vehicles made sense.
"Being based in the beautiful Pilbara, we are conscious of doing the right thing by the environment and our clients," he said.
"The benefits of AdBlue are well-known and we've been fully prepared to budget for transitioning our heavy vehicle fleets over a period of time to these purpose built AdBlue/SCR equipped vehicles to meet future environmental requirements."
Raw Hire director Sean Clark said the company was proud to be at the forefront of carbon emission reduction and that the move to introduce AdBlue was part of a company strategy to reduce emissions across the whole business.