Phillip Agius is the General Manager of Delta Rent, Australia’s largest supplier of modern, low hour hire plant and equipment. He shares how rental providers can work with quarry operators to optimise the cost of their fleet.
How was 2022 for Delta Rent? Can you share some milestones?
After the challenges of the last few years, we’ve experienced growth and development across our industry over the past twelve months. During 2022, we expanded our operations in the Queensland and Northern Territory mining markets, and now have a record number of quarry sites active nationally. Operating one of Australia’s largest privately owned hire fleet of specialist plant and equipment, along with offering personalised 24/7 service, Delta Rent is committed to being at the forefront of new technology, and we continue to invest in our constantly evolving diverse fleet.
What support does the company provide beyond your core products?
Our personalised support – accessible 24/7, Australia wide – is what sets Delta Rent apart. Our onsite workshops provide around-the- clock servicing, with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) backed support, service, and technicians. Our low hour fleet, with full OEM GPS tracking and telematics reporting, provides our clients with access to superior performing equipment, enabling them to deliver the level of service their customers expect.
Delta Rent’s clients benefit from our experience, service commitment, fleet size and mix – giving them the security of knowing that whatever and wherever the job, we’ll be partnering with them to help maintain customer expectations and enable them to deliver high levels of service.
What’s one key challenge you anticipate for the quarrying industry in 2023?
Every industry is staring down the coalface of rising operating costs, and staff shortages. We’re no different! Agility is crucial to ensuring continual rising costs, along with general operational challenges, are accounted for and managed appropriately.
How has Delta Rent set itself up to support its customers with potential challenges?
At Delta Rent, we’re constantly exploring options to keep our overheads, equipment, fuel, repair and maintenance costs manageable to enable us to continue to meet customer demand and exceed expectations. We’re working with our client partners to minimise fleet operating costs, including maximising the use of fleet optimisation technology. We’re also committed to ensuring we have the best team in the business – providing our clients with continual reliability and superior service standards. Staff training and retention is a key component to our ongoing success.
In your view, is the quarrying industry taking full advantage of fleet optimisation technologies available on the market?
Our diverse fleet of equipment includes all major OEMs, providing our clients with the ideal choice for every situation. Incorporating the use of OEM-supplied telematics systems, our clients benefit by being able to measure equipment utilisation, how many cycles they are doing, whether they are over-speeding, how much fuel they are burning, what gear they are picking, and more. We’re at the forefront of meeting client demand for this type of technology.
What goals has Delta Rent set for itself in 2023?
We’ll be increasing the fleet size by 25 per cent using the latest and greatest OEM products. Our diverse range of OEMs including Caterpillar, Hitachi, Volvo, Komatsu, John Deere and Bell demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the very best that each brand offers, enabling Delta Rent to provide customised solutions for every situation.
Our personalised 24/7 service ensures our customers can access the best machines each brand offers, along with the security of knowing that reliable, one on one service and attention is available whenever they need it. That’s the Delta Rent advantage our customers enjoy. We look forward to expanding our ever-growing customer base in 2023 and beyond.
For more information about Delta Rent’s rental fleet and technical support capabilities, visit: www.deltarent.com.au