Combination of product lines and in-country support to provide global fleet solution
Collingwood, Ontario & Gelsenkirchen, North-Rhine Westphalia [21 February 2020] – Global mining equipment manufacturers MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) of Canada and GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH (“GHH”) of Germany are partnering to provide mining, tunneling, and contracting companies with a full suite of mobile equipment product categories, across the mining cycle. MacLean and GHH have signed an agreement for mutual product sales and support, leveraging each company’s respective branch footprints and mining application knowledge.
The MacLean-GHH global partnership was announced today at a ribbon-cutting event held at MacLean’s newest manufacturing plant and first outside of Canada, a 60,000 square-foot (5,600 square-meter) facility in the multi-national manufacturing hub of Querétaro, Mexico.
The initial focus of the strategic partnership will be on the North American, Eastern European, and Central Asian mining, tunneling, and construction markets. This approach will build on the existing MacLean platform of field service and sales support in Canada, the US, and Mexico. It will allow mining and tunneling operations in these countries to immediately benefit from a MacLean product line integration of the GHH load & haul product offering, while at the same time building off of GHH’s extensive branch network in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and India to support the introduction of MacLean mining vehicles into those regions.
“The combination of the MacLean and GHH product lines is a significant turning point for both companies, but in the context of a global industry that is increasingly looking to reduce the complexity of supply chains to achieve better maintenance, total cost of ownership, safety, and productivity outcomes, it simply makes good sense,” states MacLean President, Kevin MacLean. “We’re very optimistic about the prospects of combining forces with a company like GHH that has a stellar and time-tested reputation for design quality, mining know-how, and innovation that works in the challenging underground environment – just like MacLean.”
“GHH is continuously striving to improve our customer support through increasing our product and support offering. Partnering with key, well established companies in critical markets, gives us ‘feet on the ground’ providing customers with effective and efficient solutions to all mining and tunneling projects,” remarks Dr. Jan Petzold, CEO of GHH. “Through this newly formed partnership with MacLean, we look forward to significantly strengthening our footprint and product offering. Leveraging MacLean’s already well-established network and experience, together with GHH’s years of design, development and application experience, we will provide customers with the Total Offering Solution they require, as well as complete aftermarket support from upfront sale through the life of the machines.”
The best machine cannot be sold without a trusted and proven local partner. We are delighted to have found such a partner with Don and Kevin! Furthermore, I believe in a network-driven setup being superior to a corporate structure. MacLean with its family business and typical long-term approach, will provide a ‘Solid as a Rock’ link to GHH Group’s offering – especially in today’s demanding markets!” states CEO of the SK Group, Mortimer Glinz.
“By establishing full manufacturing in Queretaro and integrating it to our four other existing Ontario manufacturing facilities, MacLean is sending a clear message to mining customers in Latin America – we are standing beside you every step of the way from design to site and aftermarket parts support, now including engineered load and haul mining vehicles,” adds Rene Valle, General Manager of MacLean operations in Mexico and Central America.
About MacLean Engineering and GHH Farzheuge
MacLean has forged its global reputation through almost five decades of manufacturing and supporting underground mining mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. GHH along with its family of mining vehicle manufacturing companies has similarly built a global name in the industry across a full suite of product categories, in particular through a line of loaders/scoops (LHDs) and dump trucks purpose-designed for the rigours of the underground mining and tunneling environment. GHH’s offering also includes narrow vein loaders and specialized super low-profile vehicles for softrock salt and potash mines in Germany and North America, as well as platinum and chrome mines in the southern African hardrock sector.
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MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. www.macleanengineering.com
GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH is a company owned by the Schmidt, Kranz & Co GmbH Holding. GHH Group is a total offering solution provider for the mining Industry. GHH develops and manufactures Loaders, Dump Trucks and Scalers from GHH, Germany and Loaders from GHH, South Africa. GHH has over 50 years’ experience in development, design and production of robust and reliable products for Hardrock and Softrock underground mining and tunnelling markets – loaders from 3 to 21 tons and Trucks from 20 to 45 tons working in narrow vein, low profile and mid-seam mining and tunnelling applications in mines around the world. www.ghh-fahrzeuge.de