DISA Equipment has recently sold its 3 000th Doosan machine in South Africa to plant rental specialists, TKR Operations, in a joint venture with Medkoeriers, which provides material processing and handling services at Tharisa Minerals in Rustenburg, North West Province.
“Delivery of the Doosan DX520 excavator to the mine in October last year, marks the 3 000th Doosan machine to be sold locally and this machine is now hard at work for TKR Operations and Medkoeriers, along with other Doosan equipment,” says Darrel Holton, managing director, DISA Equipment (Pty) Limited, trading as Doosan, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings Limited.
According to Marthinus Hollamby, managing director, Medkoeriers, Doosan machines have proven to offer the most cost-efficient and dependable overall performance available – even in a tough mining environment, that normally impedes a machine’s productivity.
“We operate continuous 24-hour shifts at the feed to the crushers every day of the year. This demanding schedule requires high availability of robust, well-maintained machines, designed to deliver optimum performance in arduous conditions.
“We have also implemented a strict equipment replacement policy that ensures a healthy fleet age and means that our fleet availability is always at the 90% mark. What’s critical to our success is optimal productivity, minimal downtime and unnecessary repair costs.
“Our team has maintained the necessary performance levels required across the fleet year on year, since the purchase of our first Doosan machine. All of our Doosan machines cope extremely well in the harsh operating conditions.
“Part of our success is working closely with the Doosan team. We can always depend on the support of technical expertise, maintenance and repair services, as well as the efficient supply of spare parts. Our very first Doosan unit, which was purchased in 2012 was operational up to 27 000 hours which is testament to premium machine quality and exceptional service.”
The TKR Operations and Medkoeriers joint venture offers extensive solutions that encompass oversize material handling, lowbed rental and transportation services for staff. Plant rental machines include excavators, wheel loaders, hydraulic breakers and drills, as well as water carts.
The team currently operates predominantly in the North West Province, with ad hoc operations in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces.