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India holds enormous opportunity for Australia as a major market for mining and construction equipment

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Mathers Hydraulics Technology exhibiting at global ExCon Mining & Construction Equipment Conference – Bangalore, India 2019

Sydney, 13 August 2019 – India is set to become one of Australia’s most attractive and lucrative markets for innovative mining and construction equipment, according to leading hydraulics technology company, Mathers Hydraulics Technologies (MHT).

MHT will be one of the global leaders exhibiting at this year’s ExCon 2019 – the largest mining and construction equipment conference in South Asia – being held in Bangalore, India this December.

Global OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and technologists will share latest developments at the conference to improve safety, health and performance.

MHT will be presenting its world leading technologies – the Steel Safe Fluid Power, Engine Starter Motor and Hydraulic Transmission technologies in demonstrations by Managing Director, Norm Mathers and leading consultant, Dr Phillip McCluskey, formerly the Global Head of Research at Caterpillar, together with technology from collaborator, Michael Gust, former Vice President, Eaton Fluid Power.

MHT’s Steel Safe Fluid Power, Engine Starter Motor and Hydraulic Transmission technology is currently being validated and tested for commercial application with Indian hydraulics company, Yukon Indian Ltd.

These technologies will be presented at the ExCon Technical Seminar with working samples being displayed at the presentation.

India: an enormous opportunity for Australian businesses

Mr Mathers said India is the world’s third largest economy, with 7.1% GDP growth.

“There is enormous opportunity for Australian businesses to trade with India in infrastructure and upgrading of construction and mining equipment,” Mr Mathers said.

“To date, Australia’s inflexible trading processes and concentration on mining has precluded trade development to the potential possible. Our trading approach must change course immediately and properly treat India as a respectful future key ally and trading partner.

Currently, India has poor research by both government and industry but major changes are coming. Forward-looking Indian Prime Minister Modi, is enforcing regulation to reduce noxious diesel emissions by innovative new technology and research where diesel is the vital power source for heavy industry.

Mr Mathers expressed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that the Australian government will continue to lose its home-grown technology and thus manufacturing base and all associated jobs, if it chooses not to compete with India, Japan, China, Korea and other key markets in engineering research, yet pay to purchase the machinery to work our mines, roadwork and agricultural areas.

India currently offers businesses a 145% research rebate whereas in Australia, businesses are offered a 45% rebate.

India plans to spend US$455 billion in infrastructure development over the next five years.

Irrigation, dams, roads, ports, rivers, airports, railways and development of ‘smart cities’ will drive the construction equipment industry.

The Indian construction equipment industry is expected to grow from US$3 billion to US $5 billion by financial year 2024.

Mathers Hydraulics Technologies soon to sign major contracts in India

“We have been working closely with a number of companies in India and are close to securing commercial contracts.”

Hosted biannually by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association, the 2017 ExCon attracted 55,000 visitors, 918 exhibitors, and 65 speakers from 26 countries.

The world’s largest OEMs were amongst the prominent exhibitors including JCB, Komatsu, Tata Hitachi, Caterpillar, Larsen & Toubro-Komatsu, Mahindra & Mahindra, SANY, Schwing Stetter, BKT, Kobelco, CASE, Hyundai, Puzzolana, BEML, SREI, SYB Conmat, Atlas Copco, Ajax Fiori, ITR, Tadano, Action Construction, Wirtgen, Volvo, Eicher, Ceat, Apollo Tyres, Leeboy and Sinem.

About the technologies:

Steel Safe Fluid Power (SSFP) is a flexing steel piping technology used in engines which replaces rubber hoses. In a bus engine fire, hoses perish quickly and add an explosive combustible accelerant that over the last 18 months, has killed over 150 passengers in six bus fires around the world.

In construction and mining equipment, SSFP eliminates hose rupture that can drop heavy loads leading to accidents and halt production. It also eliminates dangerous and highly expensive outcomes of rubber hose failures.

The SSFP design incorporates a dual sealing system with electronic monitoring of the primary seal for early warning whilst allowing production to continue until a production break allows service. In engine bays, it incorporates a thermal expansion seal to prevent explosive gas, oil or fuel escape in the event of a fire.

SSFP is vital for engine bays of buses, trucks, cars, ships or submarines, protecting them from huge fires or even explosions and discussions with fire and safety departments are in progress in Australia.

Stop Start Motor technology reduces diesel emissions and fuel wastage by turning engines off when idle and thereby reducing emissions of fossil-fuel, diesel vehicles significantly in heavy traffic conditions.

In his previous role at Caterpillar, Dr Phillip McCluskey tested similar technologies on Caterpillar’s machines in an effort to improve efficiencies. Using electronic cylinder positioning control, accumulator wasted energy capture & engine management when applied to excavators, Dr McCluskey research found by storing 12% wasted energy into accumulators saved a significant 40% diesel usage on a machine.

MHT’s Hydraulic Transmission technology is capable of capturing regen energy to reduce carbon diesel emissions for either on or off highway vehicles including buses accordingly.

Under India’s proactive research programs, production research has commenced and introduction is anticipated during the next three years.

About Mathers Hydraulics Technologies

Established in 1984, Mathers Hydraulics provides industry with a quality source for innovative Hydraulic Power design and supply via licensing.

Recognised as one of the leading hydraulic engineers and designers internationally, founder and inventor, Norm Mathers has invented the following technologies:

  • ·  Fuel Saving Vane Pump (FSV)
  • ·  Tipper Safety Valve (for Tipper Trucks)
  • ·  Flaretite Seal for Hydraulic Leaks
  • ·  Steel Safe Fluid Power.

    With over 60 years of experience, Mr Mathers has a long history of employment with Eaton-Vickers and his loyalty to their products continues today as a part of the best choice leading Fluid Power product brands sold, serviced and applied to suit customers’ requirements.

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