Robbins opens Oz office

20 February 2013

The Robbins Company opened a Brisbane office in the last quarter of 2012, which will provide coverage for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Indonesia, the company announced yesterday. The subsidiary, Robbins Asia Pacific, joins a second Asia Pacific office based in Hong Kong.

The office is headed by general manager Martin Rauer, who has over 13 years of experience in the tunnelling industry in manufacturing and contracting firms. While sales is the main function of the subsidiary, field service, project management, spare parts services, and other types of support will be added as market share increases, the company stated.

The office will also provide regional support for two new Robbins projects in Australia, both for use in mine development tunnels. Later in 2013, an 8m diameter hybrid EPB will be launched on the Grosvenor Decline Tunnel at the Anglo American Coal Mine. The 1km tunnel, at a grade of 1:6, will require an explosion proof machine design for excavation in mixed ground with possible pockets of methane gas. In early 2014, a 5.83m diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM will excavate the Carrapateena Decline tunnel for the OZ Minerals copper and gold mine in southern Australia.

"Australia is a market with a lot of potential, not only in the civil sector but also in the mining sector, particularly for coal and precious metals," said Doug Harding, Robbins VP-sales. "Customers will benefit from faster response times and more extensive local assistance and communication."

Within the next five years, the subsidiary aims to further mine development using TBMs, and to increase sales for both hard rock and EPB machines.