PRESS RELEASE: The Terra Dura is ABT’s new patented product - a lighter sealed brake ideally suited to extreme operating conditions such as construction sites, forestry and surface mines. The customer to receive this initial Terra Dura order was an open cut mine in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
Bruce Grey, chairman of ABT, said that the delivery of the product into the market was a key milestone for the company and represented a significant amount of engineering refinement. He added that the brake was perfect for the harsh conditions seen in the mining and construction sectors globally, particularly in applications displaying abrasive and wet conditions, such as open-cut mines.
He commented: “It is a cost-effective solution with a unique polymer housing technology that significantly extends the life of automotive brakes – keeping abrasive materials and water out. It is a fully sealed solution that prevents moisture and material getting into the brake casing, which means they last much longer and are far more reliable than standard brakes. In the current global commodities cycle where cost efficiencies are paramount, our Terra Dura is extremely compelling.”
Following a trial, which commenced in December 2016, one leading mining customer placed orders for the Terra Dura brake to be installed in its on-site Toyota Landcruisers.