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Tomcar Australia is a diversified METS company driving to be disruptive...

Jun 27, 2016
Articles / Press
METS Ignited Success Story

METS Ignited is an industry-led, government-funded, Growth Centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

Tomcar Australia was recently featured in a case study from METS Ignited:

"Tomcar Australia company co-founder and CEO, David Brim has a bold vision for his company. He wants Tomcar Australia to become a globally recognised, word-leading brand that is synonymous with cutting-edge underground mining light vehicles (LV). He also envisions Tomcar vehicles to become known as the safest and most reliable LV in the world.

Out-of-the box thinking drives this Melbourne-based company. From the way the company is structured, to applying knowledge to a new industry, and how it works with its customers, Tomcar Australia's culture is collaborative and entrepreneurial.

Someone will change the face of METS. The same thing is going to happen in the METS space as it has happened in other industries due to technology advances in the last decade, just look at Uber and Tesla as examples. Australian METS need to think disruptively. 

The company which began in 2005 built a strong advanced manufacturing reputation among the defence industry as a supplier of military LVs. Consequently, Tomcar Australia was approached by a number of miners to develop a vehicle suitable for mining conditions that was more cost effective and reliable than current offerings.

As new entrants to the METS sector Tomcar Australia collaborated with Perth-based METS company, Safescape and drew from the experience of one its directors, Steven Durkin.

"For over three years we worked closely with miners to test and trial three different LV variants and worked closely with operators to develop and finalise our final prototype designs."

The result product was the May 2016 launch of Australia's first emission-free electric LV that offers miner mobility solutions, and safety and environmental benefits.Tomcar Australia collaborated with specialists and outsourced to strategic supply chain partners. Major car manufacturer, MtM is Tomcar Australia's manufacturing partner and EV technology developer, Energetique is their electric vehicle specialist partner. The Tomcar LV1 will be designed and built in Australia."

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Above: The new Tomcar electric underground LV1

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