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Car manufacturing startup Tomcar Australia launches mining specialist vehicle

- September 25, 2014 2 MIN READ

Melbourne-based startup Tomcar Australia and our nation’s first new mass production car manufacturer in 30 years, has unveiled their specialist mining vehicle, the TM5MR, at this week’s International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC). The company is capitalising on what they believe to be one of the biggest missed economic opportunities in the past 50 years in Australia: the supply of locally-manufactured vehicles to the local mining industry.

Tomcar Australia holds the belief that the future of manufacturing in Australia will be centred around innovation to meet new markets, development of new products and the creation new jobs in areas where Australia has a competitive strength.

In a media release, Co-Founder and CEO of Tomcar Australia, David Brim said the TM5MR is the “perfect solution” to the needs of Australia’s booming mining industry.

“There is a lack of local mining equipment manufacturers in Australia and in the past many mines have been forced to acquire equipment that was just simply available rather than what they really needed, this is where the TM5MR plugs that hole.”

Priced at $40,000 (excluding delivery and taxes), the TM5MR is said to be more cost-effective than imported vehicles, which need to be modified heavily before being used in Australian mines.

“We are excited about the Tomcar TM5MR because we believe the maintenance costs of these vehicles will be considerably less than our previous fleet of Toyota and Isuzu. Other light weight vehicles on the market include ATV’s which, while cheap to buy, are not heavy duty enough for the demands of underground mining,” said Brim.

The vehicle also delivers greater productivity and offers world-class safety standards, according to Tomcar Australia. Being locally-made, investing in these vehicles means that revenues stay within Australia, rather than being offshored to international suppliers and manufacturers. Local manufacturing also means that Tomcar Australia is able to dispatch all components of their vehicles nationwide within a couple of days.

Interestingly, the TM5MR weighs less than other models in Tomcar’s utility vehicles that have been designed for defence, agriculture, emergency services and recreational purposes. The new vehicle’s features include stainless steel floorpans, additional air filters and frame lights, military spec wiring harness, full ROPS and FOPS, and a glow in the dark livery.

A high ground clearance is also prominent and the open access suspension allows for miners to rid the TM5MR of excessive mud and acidic sand that clogs standard SUVs.

“The Tomcar TM5MR has been custom built to provide miners with the ability to negotiate rough terrain, whether it be sand or hard rock mines, and its unprecedented durability, safety and reduction in high maintenance costs are something of a gift for today’s mining industry,” said Brim.

“Gone are the days of burley SUVs and the high costs of maintaining such vehicles. We are proud to show off the TM5MR and the world first technology that make’s this vehicle stand out from the rest of the pack.”

Tomcar Australia has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Australian mining equipment company, Safescape, who together with Tomcar Australia has created Durable Mining Equipment Pty Ltd, and are located within epicentre of the Australian mining industry, Perth, WA.

Steve Durkin from Safescape states it’s the efficiencies and cheaper maintenance costs that will make the Tomcar TM5MR so attractive for the mining industry.