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Schlam has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to supply its new and improved Hercules dump body to BHP Minerals Australia. 

The tender will see mining products and services provider Schlam continue to supply dump bodies to BHP West Australia Iron Ore sites and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance sites in Queensland and New South Wales with its world-class trays. 

“Our engineering team was challenged by their counterparts at BHP to push the limits of the Hercules’ design to lower its already light weight and increase payload further,” Schlam chief executive officer Matt Thomas said. 

“This resulted in the development of a new Hercules design that is 20 per cent lighter than other already class-leading Hercules models and is maintenance-free with up to six years of service life due to steel innovations.” 

Thomas said the award would see Schlam transform its manufacturing processes utilising the latest technology and robotics, redefining the production methodology for the business. 

“We are delivering on our promise to make mining equipment more productive,” he said. 

“Supplying the highest quality buckets and bodies in parallel with the talent we provide through our mechanical and fabrication services division, the business is going from strength to strength.” 

The contract will generate revenue in excess of $110 million for the WA economy and gives Schlam the confidence to push ahead with its national and international expansion plans in both the product and service side of the business. 

The Hercules dump body is an ever-advancing product that heightens payload capability and is fundamentally known for its weightlessness. However, it has grown in its intricacy which has paved the way for a stronger and more durable piece of equipment.