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Abigroup investment signals confidence in future

10 September 2009

Despite continued economic uncertainty in many camps, major national contractor Abigroup has shown confidence in continuing its strong growth of recent years, today taking delivery of an extensive range of new equipment for its national Abigroup Mining Services business.

“At a time when other major mining contractors have put a hold on all capital investments into mobile plant we remain committed to growth and continue to expand our mining fleet,” said Abigroup Managing Director David Jurd.

“Growth in our mining division is being facilitated by the depth of earthworks experience that we have developed over the years in our established engineering and construction businesses.  Unlike other large engineering and construction contractors who sub-contract their earthworks out, Abigroup has always had a reputation for self-performing all of its own earthworks. This latest investment into mining plant proves not only that this has been a sound model for us in the past, but that it will support continued opportunities and growth for our mining business moving forward.”

Included in the order of Komatsu equipment were five 100 tonne dump trucks; a 200 tonne excavator; three D475 dozers; a wheel loader; and a smaller hydraulic excavator.

The new equipment will be put to work at Iluka’s Murray Basin Stage 2 operation where Abigroup is extracting mineral sands from the Ouyen deposits.

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