WA-based mining contractor Mining & Civil Australia (MACA) was formed in 2002, and has built its success in the resources sector around a large and reliable fleet of Komatsu equipment.

05032010MacaBuildsStrongPresenceInWAWithKomatsuFleet-(1).jpgIts equipment fleet includes 33 Komatsu HD785-7s and HD785-5s, 26 wheel loaders from WA250 to WA600s, including seven WA600-6s , two WA600-3s and seven PC1250s with the latest delivered in September. The company also has more of the above equipment on order.

The privately owned company has five shareholders, all with many years' experience in the construction and mining contracting sectors.

Initially the company primarily carried out drill-and-blast and load-and-haul operations, along with mining infrastructure works, but more recently has moved into crushing and screening works, according to Chris Tuckwell, Chief Executive Officer.

"Our move into crushing and screening, which is highly capital intensive, is one of the many steps the company has taken since its formation," said Chris.

Its most recent crushing and screening contract is a four-year contract from Atlas Iron Ltd to crush and screen iron ore at its Pardoo Project, north of Port Hedland.

Other current projects include open cut mining, screening and associated infrastructure work for Western Areas NL at the Spotted Quoll nickel mining project 450 km west of Perth, drill-and-blast/load-and-haul for Regis Resources' Duketon gold mining project north of Laverton, and a five year contract at Crosslands Ltd's Jack Hills iron ore mine, where it is carrying out load-and-haul/drill-and-blast, crusher feed, and crushing and screening.

"We are relatively a new company and from the beginning our policy has been to get maximum utilisation from our equipment.

"We expect performance, productivity, good presentation and safety from our equipment - and we look after it to ensure this happens.

"That's why we opted for Komatsu equipment and 80% of our equipment is now Komatsu," he said.

The company also pays a lot of attention to OH&S issues, including taking special steps to recognise individual employees' contributions to safety-related issues. In April this year, it achieved full certification for both its Safety Management System (AS/NZS4801:2001) and its Environmental Management System (ISO14001:2004).

According to Mitch Wallace, Plant Manager MACA, our approach is try to be smarter and more efficient than our competitors; and being a private company we can give responses quicker.

"We pride ourselves on our successful on-going client relationships and in helping our clients reach their objectives."

MACA also has a philosophy of contributing to the communities in which it operates, and has made substantial contributions to Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital For Children, including purchasing and providing ongoing sponsorship of a patient transfer bus for the hospital. It also provides significant support to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Red Cross.