Australian owned and operated business PlantMiner.com.au has risen above the downturn of the mining and construction sectors to become an instant success story in the hire plant and equipment industry. Launched in May 2013, PlantMiner.com.au is the first search portal to offer a comprehensive range of plant and equipment for hire, with a staggering 45,000 pieces available online.
It has attracted more than 1500 registered searchers, including some of the big players in the mining, resources, and construction sectors such as BMD, Civmec Construction and Engineering, John Holland, Downer Group, Abigroup, Leighton Holdings, and Hutchinson Builders, to name a few.
Tony Dymock from BMD Constructions says short-term hire contracts are proving more cost effective and PlantMiner.com.au has tapped into a market trend that will appeal across a number of struggling sectors. “Given the current economic climate, PlantMiner.com.au has provided us with a more efficient way of searching, comparing, and securing plant and equipment to hire in a hurry.
“One simple quote request detailing the project particulars generates a large response in a short timeframe – it’s great. Via the easy to use ‘quote request’ function on the website, we were able to specify our exact hire requirements, including hire duration, specific features, attachments and even request a machine operator,” he says.
Since the addition of the ‘quote request’ function to the website in mid-June, more than $25 million worth of plant and equipment hire enquiries have been made direct with more than 750 plant and equipment hire companies listed with the site.
The success of the website will soon be supported by a PlantMiner.com.au smart-phone app with CEO Michael Trusler recognizing that key decision-makers need mobile access to the database. “In creating PlantMiner.com.au, I wanted to cut down on the complexity of finding precisely the right piece of equipment needed for hire.
"Enquiries and quote requests are sent directly to the supplier in real-time via email and SMS, which means searchers can receive an immediate response from a range of suppliers, from all locations. Searchers, from construction managers through to mum and dads, are now able to log on to our website, and our smart-phone app soon, and find everything they need for the job at hand in a hurry.
“Searchers can also find out more about the plant and equipment hire companies with the click of a button – the PlantMiner.com.au portal lists all of the relevant contact details of its suppliers, including phone numbers and physical locations.”
Michael Trusler’s own frustrations finding the right mining plant and equipment for hire, prompted him to develop his own solution and he has plans to expand the brand across complementary sectors.