Holcim’s Sunrock Quarry has celebrated a 25-year partnership with Komatsu Australia, with a ceremony marking the arrival of a new dump truck.
Sunrock Quarry, near the Glass House Mountains, Queensland, has been relying on a Komatsu HD325-6A dump truck for direct load out underneath product bins and transporting stocks around the site since 1994.
Last year, the quarry received a new HD325-6A from Komatsu, signifying a 25-year relationship between the two companies.
The original truck was the first Komatsu vehicle used by Sunrock Quarry and it has logged about 47,000 hours. It marked two decades of rigorous work by the truck which will remain operational within the site.
“It will see out its days as a back-up truck – perhaps another 25 years?” said Sunrock’s quarry manager Martin Halliday.
The two people present at the original truck’s handover – Sunrock’s production manager Phil Woodward and Komatsu’s Sunshine Coast customer support sales representative Darren Fraser – have stayed in touch and were both present at the latest delivery of the new truck.
“The technology in these trucks has changed quite a lot, as you can imagine,” Woodward said.
“We’ve certainly had a long relationship with Komatsu over that period,” he recalled. “I’ve dealt with Darren a lot over the years, along with Andrew Murray, who was the resident fitter here before he took over management of their Sunshine Coast branch at Nambour.”
Sunrock quarry provides roadbase products, aggregates and specialised rock in high volumes for the construction industry.
Komatsu’s Darren Fraser said the long-term relationship with Sunrock is a significant achievement.
“It’s been a very long-standing relationship, and you don’t often get the same people at a delivery 25 years apart, so it’s quite significant that it happened,” he said. “Having said that, we’ve got a lot of other longstanding customers on the coast here that we have similar very close relationships with.”