Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) will launch officially Belaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining dump trucks, onto the Australian market on Stand R090.
Belaz recently started offering its trucks in Australia, with the opening of a new distribution and support facility near Newcastle.
Based in Belarus, it has supplied more than 130,000 trucks to markets including the former Soviet Union, the CIS, and other regions, including Eastern Europe, South America Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China totalling 33 countries around the world.
It manufactures the largest mining trucks outside of the US, and this year plans to release a 450 tonne capacity truck – which will be the world’s largest.
In Australia, Belaz has recently appointed the Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) as its distribution and support partner.
“We see this as a big development for the Australian resources sector,” Shane Halliwell, APEG Director said.
“Belaz views the Australian market as being very solid in the medium to long term and this move is a key part of a global expansion program by the company.”
With over 14,000 employees in operations covering 33 countries, Halliwell said Belaz is one of the world’s largest producers of dump trucks.
“Around the globe, one in three operating dump trucks is manufactured by Belaz – giving an idea of the size and reach of the company.”
Belaz trucks are designed and built in a modern manufacturing centre in Zhodino, Belarus, which is currently producing 2000 units a year.
Halliwell said the Belaz range offered mining companies and contractors a number of benefits.
APEG has recently supplied Belaz dump trucks to one of Australia’s leading mining houses, and since April 2013 has had five units operating on a ‘hire-to-buy’ basis while being evaluated against its existing fleet.
Halliwell said that initially APEG will be supplying two models in Australia, the 240 tonne and 360 tonne capacity trucks.
“These are all built to ISO standards and specced to meet the stringent mine site requirements of our client,” said Halliwell.
“Due to our flexible production line, the factory is capable of making changes to the trucks as required to ensure they meet Australian mining spec standards.
“This ensures there is no need for re-engineering when the unit gets here, something which is both costly for the client and can dramatically affects delivery times.”
Belaz trucks will be sold and supported in Australia through APEG, working in conjunction with Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs to provide service and repairs. Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs has facilities in Mackay and Dalby in central Queensland, and has recently opened a new facility in Rutherford, in the upper Hunter Valley.
Key specs of the Belaz mining trucks on offer in Australia are:
75315: Payload, 240 tonnes; powered by Cummins QSK60-C/MTU DD16V4000 both rated at 1864 kW; heaped capacity, 141 cu m; maximum speed, 64 km/h; turning radius, 15 m; length, 13.39 m; width, 8.06 m; height, 6.72 m.
75602: Payload, 320-360 tonnes; powered by Cummins QSK78-C/MTU DD20V400 rated at 2610/2800 kW; heaped capacity, 199 cu m; maximum speed, 64 km/h; turning radius, 17.2 m; length, 14.9 m; width, 9.45 m; height, 7.32 m.