From humble beginnings
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.
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.
The Elphinstone Story
Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd established
Dale Elphinstone began modifying Caterpillar equipment to suit underground hard rock mining applications out of his Fathers shed on their Mooreville Road, Burnie (Tasmania) farm in 1975. The Elphinstone name was destined to become synonymous with underground mining.
First underground export sales to USA
First export sale to Henderson Mine in the USA by Elphinstone of a purpose design and built R2600 LHD.
Sale of first Elphinstone designed and manufactured R2800 LHD
Sale of first fully designed and manufactured, purpose built R2800 Load Haul Dump (LHD). Machine no.1 was delivered to a customer in Australia and painted white. The machine is still operational and has returned to Burnie to be part of Dale Elphinstone’s collection.
Establishment of Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd
Establishment of Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Caterpillar Inc and Elphinstone Pty Ltd.
1000th machine delivered
The 1000th machine originally designed by Elphinstone was sold by Caterpillar.
Elphinstone Pty Ltd is established
The Elphinstone Group purchases Service Vehicle Solutions (SVS) and Southern Prospect and combines these with Haulmax to for Elphinstone Pty Ltd. Elphinstone Pty Ltd takes back the Burnie manufacturing facilities and the “Elphinstone” brand from Caterpillar. Development of a new range of specialized underground hard rock support vehicles starts and the manufacturing facilities are repurposed to build these.
Purchase of Underground Grader IP from Groundforce
Elphinstone purchases the underground grader IP of Groundforce to add road maintenance solutions to the growing portfolio of Elphinstone underground hard rock mining products.
100th Elphinstone underground support vehicle is delivered
The 100th Elphinstone underground support vehicle is delivered. Elphinstone commences the development of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solution for the WR810 and Next GEN underground grader.