The three big mining equipment OEMs that come under owner Schmidt Kranz Group are currently repositioning themselves, rebranding and building up the new unified GHH Group, a new brand which now represents one of the largest suppliers of machines for mining, tunnelling and special civil engineering.
The new GHH Group brand includes GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH (Germany), GHH Mining Machines (South Africa) and Mine Master (Poland), including various partner companies. They have long been part of the Schmidt Kranz Group, a privately owned German based company, which owns other key companies in the industry, including Hazemag, a manufacturer of large machinery processing plants and MTS Perforator with drill steels and tunnel boring machines.
The step is signified by a common logo consisting only of the letters GHH and a corresponding corporate design, which is gradually being introduced. The rebranding includes new clear product colouring providing for maximum visibility in underground mining and tunnelling operations. The new slogan “Solid as a Rock” GHH Group says underlines the company’s claim to offer high-performance, Rock Solid equipment for mines and construction sites all over the world.
The announcement adds: “In fact, GHH can be regarded as a rock in the industry because its roots go back to 1758, and it has a well-established strong foundation built over years of design and development experience in the mining and tunnelling industries. At its peak as a mechanical engineering conglomerate, GHH had almost 100,000 employees. Industrial giants such as MAN, Roland and MTU once belonged to it. In 1995, GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH split off as a specialist for underground equipment. Within just 25 years, the manufacturer had advanced to become a major player in the world market.”
GHH, in Germany, exports its underground LHDs, dump trucks and scalers around the globe. In addition to drill rigs, bolters and long hole production drill rigs from Mine Master, in Poland, and low profile and narrow vein loaders from GHH Mining Machines, in South Africa GHH has various partners, in geographical locations, that have ranges of products that all add to the combined “total solution provider” approach.
This deep cooperation with partner companies in various geographical locations includes UVB from Botswana, Mine Machines from Zimbabwe, Overprime from Peru, Titan from Turkey, Tembo from Netherlands and MacLean from Canada. GHH Group has added a significant number of products to their portfolio including low profile utility vehicles, narrow vein loaders, spray concrete units, utility vehicles, passenger transporters, light cranes, scissor lifts, mini dumpers, lifting platforms and ANFO loading trucks as well as light duty full electric vehicles, and MacLean’s standard and battery equipment, which adds to the already eco-friendly Stage V offering. GHH supplies (almost) everything that is needed especially for underground mining carried out “on wheels.”
GHH states: “The course has long been set for the future. Productivity, environmental protection and personal safety should continue to be the three fundamental characteristics of every machine. Real values that should bring real benefits. GHH has already come a long way.” The company believes that it offers one of the highest levels of efficiency in the industry. “Low maintenance costs, safe ergonomically designed operators compartments, ultra clean diesel engines according to Stage V, certified used equipment, technical aftermarket support and parts sale, to name but a few of the many aspects that set GHH apart from the rest. GHH is already playing a key role in the hard rock, soft rock and tunnelling industries and will continue to do so. The concept of being a total solution provider to its customers offering all relevant machines from a single source will definitely strengthen the already well established brand.”