Diversifying into the global defence market
Elphinstone Pty Ltd (Elphinstone) is a leading Australian manufacturer of quality heavy vehicles, traditionally for the global underground mining, surface mining and rail maintenance industries. Most recently however, Elphinstone has diversified into Defence, seeking to recognise the significant synergies that exist between heavy mining vehicle manufacture and the unique requirements of the global Defence market, particularly with regard to land vehicles.
Elphinstone possesses significant heavy manufacturing capability within world-class facilities and believes these assets could add considerable value to the Australian Defence Industry portfolio.
Encouraging a culture of innovation
Elphinstone are an established Caterpillar OEM with over 40 years’ heavy manufacturing experience, and exemplify Lean principles by encouraging a culture of innovation, waste reduction and continuous improvement. An experienced, in-house product development team ensures innovation and technology remain the cornerstone of the business. From on board vehicle management and remote machine health monitoring systems, to the development of comprehensive vehicle support literature, Elphinstone Pty Ltd provide an end-to-end design and advanced manufacturing solution.
During the recent Land400 Phase 2 program, Elphinstone were fortunate to be an integral part of Team Sentinel as the potential contract manufacturer of the ST Kinetics Terrex 3 8x8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle. While Team Sentinel were unable to progress to RMA, Elphinstone continue to liaise with Government, Defence and the selected OEMs to demonstrate the capacity and capability that exists in Australia to manufacture military vehicles on home soil.
Elphinstone Group (Aust) Pty Ltd – Parent Entity
The Elphinstone Group’s diversified portfolio of business interests include several ongoing relationships with a number of current Defence Primes. These relationships extend across all facets of Defence, both at land and sea.
Several Elphinstone Group entities are certified suppliers to a range of Defence programs including the Collins Class submarines, the Bushmaster fleet, and the range of forklifts and elevated work platforms supplied through United Equipment. Please see Table 1 below for further detail.