In May 2022, Schlam reached the milestone of manufacturing its 1,500th Hercules dump body in Australia.
The Hercules in question was delivered to a client in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, adding to the well over 250 Hercules dump bodies that have been manufactured and delivered to the region.
These spread across all Glencore sites; however, you can also find Hercules dump bodies at Thiess Mt Arthur, where Schlam have a fleet of approximately 40 with another 10 on the way in later 2022.
Partnering with Komatsu, Schlam have been awarded the supply of additional Hercules trays to Thiess Mt Pleasant, Hunter Valley Operations, Bulga, and the Wambo Joint Venture for 2022.
Now in its 14th incarnation, the Schlam Hercules has become the dump body of choice for many of the most significant Tier 1 operators, OEM truck builders and mining contractors in Australia.
Schlam Chief Executive Officer, Matt Thomas, said it was a team effort to reach the 1,500th milestone.
“Our manufacturing division – Schlam Payload Solutions – is filled with some of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I’ve ever met. And, when they work together, anything is possible.
“The pandemic and supply chain concerns have pressured our team; however, they have managed these challenges superbly while maintaining our commitment to quality and customer service,” said Matt.
The first Hercules was manufactured in Australia in 2003, and it took 17 years to reach the 1,000th milestone.
It took the company just 22 months to reach the 1,500th mark.
The CEO says that long-term national supply contracts with BHP, Fortescue, Glencore, Northern Star, Newmont, and other significant miners mean that the Hercules is set to continue along this upward trending growth path.
“We are creating efficiencies in our manufacturing processes through robotics, automation, and LEAN thinking to support this growth while maintaining quality.
“We’re also growing our sales and aftersales teams, ensuring that customer service is exceptional at every step of their experience with Schlam. We pride ourselves on following our products into the field and believe this has been a critical element in our growth.
“I thank the whole team – no matter where they work in the company – for helping us reach this milestone, and I look forward to many more to come,” said Matt.