Peter Forsyth, Austin engineering managing director (left) signs the agreement with ETT Managing Director Andre McDuling. (Photo: Austin)

Australian-based Austin Engineering has signed a partnership agreement with South Africa’s ETT to market and support their combined mining-oriented product ranges throughout Africa.

The agreement will bring together two of the southern hemisphere’s largest mining equipment design and manufacturing entities.

Austin Engineering, with headquarters in Brisbane, has more than 50 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing equipment for the mining industry with operations in Australia, Asia, North and South America, and now South Africa.

“We are looking forward to growing this partnership,” said Austin Engineering Managing Director Peter Forsyth. “It gives both companies a solid and reliable platform from which to offer customers, throughout the continent, proven world-class products backed up by world class service.”

ETT, a privately owned South African company based in Richards Bay, with product already distributed in more than 20 countries around the world, celebrates 25 years of engineering excellence this year.

“ETT’s manufacturing and innovative record as well as our strong presence and product supply into Africa is one of the key reasons why this partnership was formed,” ETT Managing Director Andre McDuling said. “We are confident that the industry is ready for a partnership like this that will provide the widest range of mining attachments and support products in the world.”

Both companies are well-established and acknowledged globally for their unique, engineered mining equipment. The combined product range of the new partnership will include customized dump truck bodies, water trucks, diesel lube trucks, gooseneck-equipped recovery vehicles, tire handlers, lowbed off-road trailers and excavator buckets.