With the assistance of an Accelerating Commercialization Grant – awarded to HMS under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs Programme – HMS Equipment has recently exported two locally manufactured HMS Mini Loaders to China; to take part in the China International Mining Equipment & Technology Exhibition (CIMETE).
These loader, consisting of an above ground or hard rock mine spec. machine and an Outbye underground machine, represent the culmination of four years of research and development by HMS; as well as significant personal investment by HMS Group Managing Director Jamie Howard. A firm believer in local manufacturing and leveraging local networks to keep manufacturing alive in the Hunter Valley, Jamie thanked HunterNet group members as well as Austrade and the Australian Government for their encouragement and support throughout the development of the HMS Mini Loader.
‘I am proud to represent Australian product innovation and manufacturing on the global stage, and to promote the skills and accomplishments of not only the HMS Group, but HunterNet group members and the wider Australian technology sector. I am excited, because let’s face it, without the assistance of Austrade and the Australian Government, there wouldn’t be a HMS Mini Loader front and centre at the opening ceremony of CIMETE; but they saw the potential of the product, backed HMS, and here we are!’.
Designed and built in Cardiff, NSW, the HMS Mini Loader was a great success at CIMETE, garnering high levels of interest from both government and private sectors alike. HMS Group’s host and likely distributor in China, JKZZ, were so impressed with the reception of the machines during the exhibition, that they invested in the above ground machine (pictured) and became HMS Group’s first international customer.
HMS Group Managing Director Jamie Howard congratulates JKZZ Chairman
Wei on the successful arrival of the two HMS Mini Loaders to China.
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