"increasingly our clients are demanding that contractors and plant hirers use the most environmentally friendly technology available"
Brooks Hire, one of Western Australia's largest and most successful plant hirers, is expanding its operations into other states and as part of its program to differentiate itself from competitors, has made a substantial investment in Komatsu's innovative Hybrid excavator.
Brooks Hire currently owns 19 Komatsu HB215LC-1 hybrids, which are deployed in its operations throughout Australia particularly in Queensland.
Company General Manager Stuart Brooks, said that its investment in hybrid machines was due to the fuel-saving benefits it achieved, and its ongoing reliable and productive performance.
"Our fleet of Komatsu Hybrids certainly gives us an edge over our competitors," said Stuart.
"Not only are we saving significant amounts in fuel costs including fuel delivery costs but increasingly our clients are demanding that contractors and plant hirers use the most environmentally friendly technology available. And the Hybrid excavators certainly tick that box," he said.
Brooks Hire, which employs around 70 people, currently runs more than 1000 pieces of equipment, excluding attachments.
To better service its customers, Brooks Hire has recently implemented the use of Greentree enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which is able to be integrated with Komatsu's KOMTRAX remote monitoring system to track and monitor each machine, and automatically produce accurate billing documentation based on hours of work.
"Looking after our customers, plus complete honesty, has been a key component of our success," said Stuart.
"This approach is standing us in very good stead as we move to become an Australia-wide company.
"And we now have the ability to mobilise gear anywhere in Australia, providing our customers with the highest levels of service.
"We can also offer significant cost benefits through our ability to transport and support our equipment anywhere in the country. Our size and experience means we have the capability to handle very large projects along with the purchasing power to quickly gear up for our clients' needs," he said.