Ac­cel­er­ated suc­cess for New Zealand on­line equip­ment hire por­tal

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Aus­tralian-based Plant­Miner says its on­line mar­ket­place for plant, equip­ment and sub­con­trac­tors has taken New Zealand by storm af­ter its in­cep­tion to the mar­ket just over a year ago. With the sup­port of New Zealand busi­ness­man and in­vestor, Humphry Rolle­ston, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of As­set Man­age­ment, the con­struc­tion por­tal ex­panded into NZ in Jan­uary 2015, and has since at­tracted more than 300 lo­cal plant, equip­ment and sub­con­trac­tor sup­pli­ers of­fer­ing over 17,400 plant, equip­ment and ser­vices for hire, re­veals the com­pany.

The on­line plat­form stream­lines the pro­cure­ment process for es­ti­ma­tors, en­gi­neers, pro­ject man­agers and site fore­man alike, and gives them a one-stop-shop to gather ap­ple-forap­ple quotes for equip­ment hire and sub­con­trac­tors.

Not only does Plant­Miner help con­trac­tors say good­bye to trawl­ing through busi­ness di­rec­to­ries and play­ing phone tag to get hire rates, it prom­ises, but it also pro­vides sup­pli­ers with hot leads and a con­tin­u­ously ex­pand­ing net­work of clients.

Plant­Miner Gen­eral Man­ager, Dan Wil­son says ex­pan­sion into New Zealand was also en­cour­aged by de­mand from Plant­Miner’s es­tab­lished Aus­tralian client base also op­er­at­ing across the Tas­man.

“Since open­ing in New Zealand we’ve had some of the big­gest con­trac­tors in­clud­ing Downer, CPB Con­trac­tors and Ful­ton Ho­gan util­is­ing the ser­vice to pro­cure rates for equip­ment and sub­con­trac­tor ser­vices, as well as New Zealand’s lead­ing hire com­pa­nies like Gough CAT, En­vi­rowaste and AB Equip­ment list­ing their equip­ment.”

The 50-year-high con­struc­tion boom in New Zealand had Plant­Miner set its roots in its epi­cen­tre, Auck­land, with a team of sales and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­agers.

“We’re an on­line con­struc­tion mar­ket­place, but our strat­egy is both on­line and off line. We un­der­stand the value of re­la­tion­ships in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, which is why we’ve em­ployed a team of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­agers who visit hun­dreds of con­struc­tion sites a week to dig up leads for our 300+ lo­cal sup­pli­ers.”

Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor, Sarita Flett, from Auck­land’s Pronto Hire says, “Plant­Miner is an ex­cel­lent short­cut for find­ing new cus­tomers and con­tacts, and gain­ing ac­cess to the open mar­ket. Even if a job doesn’t go through, Plant­Miner con­nects us to a net­work of busi­nesses who may have never heard of Pronto Hire be­fore. And that’s of­ten all that’s needed to open the door to suc­cess. Their per­son­alised ser­vice couldn’t be bet­ter.”

Pronto Hire, a 2013 new­comer to the hire in­dus­try, has ex­panded their f leet by al­most 27 times in the space of two years and has won tens-of-thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of equip­ment hire work through Plant­Miner to date.

“The early adopters to the Plant­Miner site are the ones see­ing the most suc­cess,” said Wil­son.

More than $100mil­lion in work has been awarded to plant, equip­ment and sub­con­tract­ing com­pa­nies list­ing their ser­vices on Plant­Miner across Aus­tralia and New Zealand since launch­ing.

New Zealand sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers are ac­tively needed to con­nect with the high de­mand of en­quiries through the Plant­Miner por­tal.

Plant­Miner’s high-growth has also earned it recog­ni­tion as one of the ris­ing stars in the Deloitte Aus­tralian Tech­nol­ogy Fast 50 pro­gramme last year, and the i Awards 2015 Start-Up Of The Year.

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