Elphinstone 100th Metro Bus

Local employment benefits from 3 year partnership

Elphinstone Pty Ltd and the BusTech Group rolled out the 100th bus for Metro Tasmania last week. The partnership spanning 3 years has created local employment opportunities and future economic benefits for Tasmania.

Boosting the local economy

The celebration was attended by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, Jeremy Rockliff. While congratulating the stakeholders for the impressive home-grown achievement, Minister Rockliff announced a further $10 million investment in Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing and defence industries, delivered over a period of 4 years.

“BusTech Group’s first fully Tasmanian-built bus rolled off the production line in November 2017 and we are incredibly proud to be delivering our 100th bus for Tasmania,” says Christian Reynolds, Executive Director, BusTech Group.

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Dale Elphinstone, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Dale Elphinstone

Executive Chairman and Founder

Dale Elphinstone has never been afraid of a challenge. In fact he often tells people “we did it because we didn’t know we couldn’t”.

Dale's relationship with Caterpillar began in 1966 at the age of 15 as an apprentice with Victorian and Tasmanian Cat Dealer, William Adams. He then went on to be employed as a Field Service Mechanic across Tasmanian and King Island mine sites and later worked for Canadian Cat Dealer, Finning for a period of 2 years.

Now, just 40 short years later, Dale has established Elphinstone as a recognised Cat OEM, manufacturing Haulmax 3900 series off highway haul trucks, Railmax RMT15F road-rail excavators and Elphinstone underground support vehicles.

Kelly Elphinstone, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Kelly Elphinstone

Managing Director

Kelly Elphinstone is the daughter of Dale and Cheryl Elphinstone, founding owners of the Elphinstone Group of companies.  Her career began in 1993 at the age of 13, when she commenced working for her parents in their first business, Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd.

In 2014, Kelly accepted the position of Managing Director at Elphinstone Pty Ltd (formerly Haulmax).  She is responsible for overseeing the consolidation of the Group’s Tasmanian manufacturing entities and the company’s return to the global underground mining industry.

Kelly is passionate about Australian manufacturing and the significant role Tasmania is able to play in growing this industry.

Ben Sandow General Manager Elphinstone

Ben Sandow

General Manager

Ben holds tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and has over 20 years of experience in Operations Management, Project Management and Engineering across a range of industries. He has had broad experience with Lean methodologies, and the benefits these can bring to the wider business.

Ben joined Elphinstone in 2018 as General Manager of Operations, overseeing all operational aspects of the business.

Paul Viney, Chief Financnial Officer

Paul Viney

Chief Financial Officer

Paul is a finance and corporate governance professional with over 25 years of experience in senior management and board roles in various industries including mining and manufacturing. He specialises in strategic financial management and finance team development.

Paul has returned to Tasmania after some years working overseas to join Elphinstone in August 2019.

Tim Mitchell, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Tim Mitchell

Global Sales and Marketing Manager

Tim holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has over 20 years of experience in Senior Management, Project Management, Engineering and Business Development roles in the mobile mining equipment industry. Tim’s broad level of experience will bring benefits to many areas of the business and his international experience working in South America will assist Elphinstone in the development of our business in this mining rich region.

Tim joined Elphinstone in March 2019 as Global Sales and Marketing Manager, overseeing all sales and marketing aspects of the business.

Jason Whiteley, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Jason Whiteley

Product Development Manager

Jason is a trade qualified Fitter & Machinist, with 30 years of experience. Since joining Elphinstone in 2009 as Product Manager, Jason has also fulfilled the role of NPI Manager.

In his former role as Surface Product Manager, Jason took the Railmax hi-rail vehicle from concept stage right through to production. He has played a key role in developing various surface and underground concepts into working prototype/test products.

Scott Hilder, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Scott Hilder

Senior Operations Manager

Scott holds a Masters of Business and is a 6 Sigma Blackbelt.  He commenced with Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd in 1995 and continued with the company fulfilling various roles through the transition of ownership to Caterpillar.

In 2009 Scott commenced with Southern Prospect Pty Ltd joining a small team involved in servicing wind turbines in South Australia.  Scott joined Specialised Vehicle Solutions Pty Ltd (now part of Elphinstone Pty Ltd) manufacturing specialised underground mining machinery servicing both local and international mining companies for a period of approximately 2 years commencing in 2011.

Returning to Southern Prospect Pty Ltd (now part of Elphinstone Pty Ltd) as the General Manager Operations in 2013, Scott has focused on successfully implementing a continuous improvement culture within the manufacturing business to improve safety, quality and reduce non value added waste.

Mal Watkinson, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Mal Watkinson

Product Support Manager

Mal began his career in 1987 with the Caterpillar Dealer for Victoria and Tasmania, William Adams Pty Ltd. Over the last 30 years Mal has continued his strong association with Caterpillar and the Elphinstone Group, successfully holding roles in product health/support, product development, manufacturing, marketing and management.

Before returning to Elphinstone in June 2016, Mal was 50% owner and Managing Director of a private business that designed, manufactured and marketed underground service vehicles, which now continue to form part of the Elphinstone Underground Support Vehicle product line today. In 2017 Mal took on the role of Product Development and Operations Manager - Underground Support Vehicles, responsible for the development and manufacture of our range of underground support vehicles..

Tania Smith, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Tania Smith

Finance & Administration Manager

Tania began her career in 1992 as the Receptionist with Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd.  Tania joined Southern Prospect Pty Ltd, now part of Elphinstone Pty Ltd, when it commenced in 2006.  In 2016 Tania was appointed as the Finance and Administration Manager for Elphinstone’s Tasmanian manufacturing entities.

Tania has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce.  She has been a member of CPA Australia for over 10 years and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  In 2016, Tania completed a Graduate Certificate in Lean Management Systems at the University of Tasmania.

UG20M Underground Motor Grader

Elphinstone UG20M Motor Grader on its way to Mongolia

We’re proud of our engineering and manufacturing team who have worked around the clock to produce our first fit for purpose UG20M Motor Grader. The grader was custom built to the clients specifications and started its journey to Mongolia late September 2018. A symphony of LED cabin lights and assorted cabin features exemplify Elphinstones commitment to operator comfort and safety.

Elphinstone MTT Bus Unveilling

Elphinstone unveils first of 100 new MTT buses

Metro Tasmania’s first new bus rolls off the production line at Elphinstone’s Southern Prospect plant. The first of Metro Tasmania’s 100 new buses rolled out for its first showing on Thursday at Elphinstone’s Southern Prospect plant near Wynyard. The sleek vehicle, kitted out in Metro livery and surrounded by the engineers, was welcomed by Infrastructure Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

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Elphinstone Sustainable Energy & Engineering Solutions

Focus on renewable energy and resources

Elphinstone Sustainable Energy & Engineering Solutions (formerly Southern Prospect) offers niche manufacturing and engineering support solutions locally, nationally and internationally.

Our manufacturing focus is based on extensive experience in the sustainable energy and resource sector and is backed up by formal business, technical and process qualifications.

By utilising our extensive knowledge of LEAN and Six Sigma principles and continuous improvement in partnership with our customers, we deliver the following products and services:

  • Design and manufacture of diesel generator packages and remote area power supply systems
  • Stand alone, off grid, hybrid power supply for both stationary and transportable applications
  • 3D design and modelling capability
  • Acoustic enclosures, fuel supply and control systems
  • Service literature, documentation writing and printing
  • Electrical harness design and manufacture
  • Specialist experience in mobile underground mining equipment applications
  • Harness documentation and schematics
  • Wire printing using Komax Zeta 633

Elphinstone Sustainable Energy & Engineering Solutions
Elphinstone SEES Facility: Terra Nova Drive, Wynyard Tasmania

Elphinstone Sustainable Energy & Engineering Solutions

Elphinstone SWE

Elphinstone Simulated Work Environment (SWE)

Elphinstone SWE

The Elphinstone SWE is one of only three Lean training facilities of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and the only facility in Australia. The facility is located in the
Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council’s Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Burnie, Tasmania.

Lean Production System

The SWE is an interactive training system used to promote Lean Production System principles and enhance continuous improvement initiatives.

This well proven training tool will actively demonstrate the benefits of Lean methodologies such as Put Safety First, Chase Waste, Make Value Flow, Drive Standard Work, Go See Act, Stop To Fix and Make It Visual… just to name a few.

Increase Productivity

Through effective teamwork and communication, the SWE will demonstrate how collaboration can assist a team to become significantly more productive and cost effective, while improving quality and reducing safety related issues.

Using Elphinstone Production System (EPS) methodologies, the principles and practices learned during the hands on training sessions can be transferred to all work environments and team members - from the workshop to the office to the hospitality industry!   Every employee in every organisation will benefit from the learnings facilitated by the SWE, regardless of position or seniority.

No Prior Training Required

While based on Lean Management Principles, it is not necessary to have completed any prior training in Lean to benefit from the full range of learning outcomes generated by the SWE.

What is the SWE?

The SWE is an interactive training system used to promote Lean Production System principles and enhance continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Team building.
  • Effective communication.
  • Cross functional collaboration.
  • Productive planning.
  • Leading effective teams.
  • Continuous improvement initiatives, including 5S.
  • One piece flow production systems.
  • Identify and reduce waste.
  • Value stream mapping.
  • Root cause analysis.
  • Supply chain effectiveness.
  • Reduce process variability.
  • Develop people and teams.
  • Active listening and idea generation.
  • Identifying and setting performance targets.
  • Acting decisively.


  • Can we book the SWE as a private team building session?
    Yes. In fact it is encouraged. (17 participants required).
  • Who is the training suitable for?
    Anyone and everyone.
  • Are there any prerequisites?
    A willingness to learn.
  • How much does it cost?
    Talk to us regarding charges that may apply to your organisation.
  • When can i start?
    Tomorrow seems like a great choice.
  • How do i book?
    Email swe@elphinstone.com

Lean Leader 1 and 3 Day Training Options

1 Day Training (8 Hours)

Using the Elphinstone Production System (EPS), Lean principles and practices learnt during this hands on, interactive, one day learning experience, can immediately be transferred to all work environments and includes;

  • Leading effective teams.
  • Visual management.
  • Flow process analysis.
  • Model change scenario.
  • Improvement validation.
Nationally Recognised Training - 3 Days

The three day onsite training provides additional understanding of the full suite of Lean tools and their implementation into your organisation. Through the training and assessments provided on behalf of the Australian Maritime College (RTO ID 60131), participants can achieve the following nationally recognised units of competency;

  • MSS403011 Facilitate the Implementation of Competitive Systems and Practices.
  • MSS403085 Ensure Process Improvements are Sustained.
  • MSS403024 Work within a Constrained Process.

These units of competency may provide Credit Transfer (CT) and/or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for other related courses.


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We may disclose personal information for purposes including to provide our products and services to you, and as required by law.

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Our History

The Elphinstone name is synonymous with underground mining

Dale Elphinstone has never been afraid of a challenge.  In fact he often tells people “we did it because we didn’t know we couldn’t”.

Since modifying Cat surface mining equipment to suit underground applications out of his Fathers shed on their Mooreville Road, Burnie farm in 1975, the Elphinstone name has been synonymous with underground mining.

Elphinstone’s first fully designed and manufactured underground mining product was a 13 tonne articulated dump truck, which was sold to Agnew Mining in 1983.  Three years later, in 1986, the first Elphinstone designed and manufactured underground load haul dump (LHD), the R1500, was sold.  One short year thereafter, in 1987, the Company exported its first machine overseas to the Henderson molybdenum mine in Clear Creek County, Colorado.

The Caterpillar OEM continued to develop and refine their underground mining equipment range, which led to their specialisation in LHDs and articulated dump and ejector trucks.   All products were built around Cat components and sold via Cat Dealers globally.

Between the years of 1975 and 1995, Elphinstone had delivered underground mining machines to over 50 locations around Australia and more than 35 global export sites across 5 continents.

Elphinstone’s success quickly drew the greater attention of Caterpillar and the two parties established a 50/50 joint venture in 1995, creating the business known as Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd.  Five short years later, Caterpillar exercised their option to purchase the remaining 50% of the business in 2000 and eventually replaced the Elphinstone name with the world famous Caterpillar trademark.

Not that Caterpillar has ever been far removed from the Elphinstone story.

Dale Elphinstone’s relationship with Caterpillar began in 1966 at the age of 15 as an apprentice with Victorian and Tasmanian Cat Dealer, William Adams. Following his trade qualification came employment as a Field Service Mechanic across Tasmanian and King Island mine sites, and for a period of two years, with Canadian Cat Dealer, Finning.

Some 20 years after commencing his apprenticeship with the Cat Dealer, Dale's progressive thinking and entrepreneurialism enabled him to realise his life long dream of becoming a Cat Dealer Principal - cemented with his 1987 purchase of the same Victorian and Tasmanian dealership, William Adams.

Now, just 40 short years later, Elphinstone is once again a recognised Cat OEM, manufacturing Haulmax 3900 series off highway haul trucks, Railmax RMT14D road-rail excavators and Elphinstone underground support vehicles.

Together, Elphinstone and Caterpillar have manufactured more than 5000 underground and surface mining vehicles from their collective facilities in Burnie over the past 40 years.

Elphinstone Pty Ltd History
Above left: 1975 - Dale commences working out of his dad's shed.
Above right: 1976 -  Dale's first house and workshop.

Elphnstone Pty Ltd History
Above left: 1977 - Dale B Elphinstone P/L first employee photo.
Above right: 1982 -  "Real engineering".

Elphinstone Pty Ltd History
Above left: 1983 - AD13/17 the first Elphinstone designed and manufactured underground articulated dump truck. Above right: 1986 - The R1500 LHD was the first Elphinstone designed and manufactured underground loader.

R2900 LHD
Above: R2900 LHD