With equal parts quality machinery and a supportive supplier, this company has seen exponential growth in its six years. Performance Mining gives back to the community that raised it thanks to CJD Equipment.
As a privately owned service provider to the mining and civil construction industries, it was always going to be a battle for Performance Mining to make a name for itself in Western Australia. The company was founded in 2016 out of Pinjarra, south of Perth, offering tailored solutions in areas such as plant hire, maintenance services, rockbreaking, access road maintenance and resource development works.
Performance Mining director Jarrod Seymour said the vision for the company was always about repaying the industry for the career it had given him and business partner Ray Bushnell.
“The key motivation for us as directors at Performance Mining is to give back to the industry what we were fortunate to have learnt from our seniors over the term of our careers,” Seymour told Australian Mining.
Seymour and Bushnell have more than 60 years of experience in the mining industry between them, having worked for public and private sector companies in Australia and overseas.
Since its foundation, Performance Mining has grown to service WA’s Peel, Southwest, Goldfields, Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Plus, the team also has a plant on long-term hire in Whyalla, South Australia. Such experience meant the team knew exactly what to look for in its equipment supplier, namely, a capable company that could support Performance Mining out of its infancy.
CJD Equipment was just the ticket for Seymour and Bushnell.
“The quality of their equipment is excellent, but what’s more the team at CJD really got behind us when we were kicking off the business and provided a finance solution that allowed us to step into new equipment,” Seymour said.
“We also felt well supported by their parts and services account, which is critical for any company getting started.”
Performance Mining has made use of three Volvo EC350D excavators and one L90F wheel loader from CJD, along with two Kenworth T659 prime movers. These 36-tonne excavators and the 15-tonne wheel loader have been a strong choice for Performance Mining, according to Seymour.
“We have had exceptional reliability and availability out of our Volvo machines, which has converted to more productive hours per shift,” he said. “Our Volvo excavators are currently running at 93 per cent mechanical availability, whilst our loader is at 95 per cent.”
“We were also fortunate enough to have the CJD team support running a larger batter bucket on one of our excavators in a frontline sand application loading Volvo articulated trucks that reduced the loading time by a complete cycle.”
This kind of availability ensures Performance Mining can live up to its name. Complimented by capable support staff, the company can branch out into some of WA’s more remote locations.
Seymour described how CJD supported his company to minimise downtime. “We have CJD complete our valve sets to ensure that our engine health is maintained to the right standard,” he said.
“We also rely on CJD for our Matris and track/tyre reports when our machines come back from hire.
“CJD has attended a couple of minor warranty matters on our excavators in the Pilbara, which resulted in very little downtime due to the team’s responsiveness.”
Most important to a sufficient maintenance service is strong communication and an understanding of what’s expected from both parties. While Performance Mining has cemented itself in WA, plenty of growth remains ahead, with the company having doubled in size year-on-year since it began. Seymour said CJD had been a strong choice to partner through these early stages of an aspirational business.
“It’s absolutely critical to maintain a strong working relationship with your OEM (original equipment manufacturer) so you have access to the right team member – irrespective of which day of the week it is – so you can share problems if they occur,” he said.
“Both parties have put a lot of energy into maintaining the relationship so there are open communication channels on both sides through to the senior executive members as required.”