Canada’s MacLean Engineering signed an agreement with Germany’s GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH for mutual product sales and support, leveraging each company’s respective branch footprints and mining application knowledge. The partnership was announced February 21 at a ribbon-cutting event held at MacLean’s newest manufacturing plant — the first outside of Canada, a 5,600-m² facility in Querétaro, Mexico.

The initial focus of the strategic partnership will be on the North American, eastern European, and central Asian mining, tunneling and construction markets. This approach will build on the existing MacLean platform of field service and sales support in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It will allow mining and tunneling operations in these countries to immediately benefit from a MacLean product line integration of the GHH load and haul product offering, while at the same time building off of GHH’s extensive branch network in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and India to support the introduction of MacLean mining vehicles into those regions.

“The combination of the MacLean and GHH product lines is a significant turning point for both companies, but in the context of a global industry that is increasingly looking to reduce the complexity of supply chains to achieve better maintenance, total cost of ownership, safety, and productivity outcomes, it simply makes good sense,” MacLean President Kevin MacLean said.

“We’re very optimistic about the prospects of combining forces with a company like GHH that has a stellar and time-tested reputation for design quality, mining know-how, and innovation that works in the challenging underground environment — just like MacLean.”

“GHH is continuously striving to improve our customer support through increasing our product and support offering. Partnering with key, well established companies in critical markets, gives us ‘feet on the ground’ providing customers with effective and efficient solutions to all mining and tunneling projects,” CEO of GHH Dr. Jan Petzold said.

MacLean manufactures underground mining mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. GHH has a line of LHDs and trucks purpose-designed for the rigors of underground mining. GHH’s offering also includes narrow vein loaders and specialized super low-profile vehicles.