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Leading Kiwi miner opts for Hydraulink

Bathurst Resources has appointed hydraulic maintenance and safety services provider Hydraulink to advance its objectives over its mines producing for the domestic market.

Hydraulink is a supplier to major infrastructure and resources development companies throughout Australasia, providing world-class standards of safety, maintenance, energy efficiency and service for mining machinery.

Bathurst Resources is our major exporter of coking coal used in the manufacture of steel, specifically a unique low ash coking coal valued in the market by its long-term customers in Japan, India and South East Asia.

Domestically, Bathurst operates four mines, suppling clients throughout the country including New Zealand Steel for its steel manufacture; electricity (Huntly); dairy plants; industrial plants for meat and vegetable processing; and hospitals.

Hydraulink NZ Sales manager Rob Naughton says the company will provide standards of fleet maintenance safety and operational services for Bathurst Resources, plus machinery and site knowledge as well as operational quality, traceability and accountability standards across multiple sites. This includes its operations at Rotowaro (Huntly) and Maramarua in the North Island, and Canterbury Coal and Takitimu in the South Island.

Operating from containerised full-service storage and engineering facilities on two sites – and backed by over 400 service points throughout Australasia, Hydraulink will also install and service fire suppression systems and automatic lubrication systems as required across Bathurst’s combined fleet of more than 100 heavy machines.

“Hydraulink will provide a full range of hydraulic hoses, fittings and problem-solving capabilities on-site at all operations, applying quality product and skilled servicing to optimise uptime and energy efficiency while minimising waste through problem prevention technologies,” says Naughton.

Teams of Hydraulink technicians, area managers and product managers will unite to provide 24/7 services, he adds.

These teams are integrated into partnerships on-site so they can work to the structures of each site and its specialised equipment, which includes more than 100 items of heavy machinery including brands such as CAT, Cubex, Hitachi, Hyundai, Komatsu, Liebherr, Terex and Volvo.

“Machinery product knowledge and understanding of each site’s equipment and structure is vital to maintenance planning, quick response to operational issues and avoiding efficiency interruptions,” says Naughton.

“Such integration and engineering knowledge facilitates fulfilment of Bathurst Resources’ first priority, which is the responsible care of its employees, contractors and communities for which it provides employment and support.

“The efficiency, safety and reliability standards required from us by Bathurst Resources is also integral to them in making the best long-term returns to the community for the supply of low ash coking coal in world demand, as well as reliably and cost-efficiently providing energy needed by agribusiness, dairy, hospitals and key sectors of our  economy and society.”

In addition to working with infrastructure and energy companies throughout Australasia, Hydraulink is a sponsor and engineering services provider for Emirates Team New Zealand.

Hydraulink provides key hydraulic components for yacht systems such as the vital foil cant systems on Emirates Team New Zealand and on each of the Challengers’ craft. Rapid and sensitive hydraulic actuation of the foils is vital to the performance edge of each boat as it skims above the waves at speeds reaching 47-50 knots.

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