Surface coatings protecting Townsville assets
The economic impact of corrosion is often exacerbated in humid, tropical conditions found in areas such as northern Queensland. The moisture and heat accelerate the deterioration of machinery, vehicles and assets. Applying a protective surface coating is one way of minimising or reducing the effect and maintaining the integrity of costly machinery.
Spray-applied polymer surface treatments from companies such as Rhino Linings Australasia (RLA) are able to meet the demands of the variable Australian climate combined with the often-harsh working environments of construction sites and remote mining facilities. According to Peter Morgan, General Manager of RLA, despite challenging economic conditions, his company has experienced strong growth in regional areas of Australia and has been expanding the range of companies it is approaching to be applicators and dealers.
“Adding Rhino Linings to the options available to a panel beater, repair shop or even commercial painter, can extend the range of services that can be offered,” he said.
While RLA has its origins in the automotive industry, Morgan explained that his company’s products were not just used for ute trays. For more than a quarter of a century the company has also been protecting military vehicles, boats, flooring, buildings, structures and industrial equipment, in addition to traditional trucks, 4WDs and prime movers.
“Our company started out as domestic and commercial painters, so our journey has been different to many other applicators,” said Haydon Mann, Director of Rhino Linings Townsville. “However, the Rhino Linings dealership has allowed us to move into all sorts of other asset protection work.”
When the opportunity of taking up a full dealership came up, Mann didn’t have to deliberate long before accepting. “Lots of the techniques you learn as a painter are the same for using Rhino Lining’s spray polymers,” said Mann. “Most important is that preparation is key to getting a great finish.”
During his company’s first year as an applicator/ dealer, Mann’s staff worked a diverse range of projects which included coating a whole boat, cane harvester spirals and other farm equipment, in addition to vehicles and floors. “Cane farmers usually have to replace parts of their harvesters every year, but the Rhino coating can extend this to a least three years meaning they have far less downtime,” said Mann.
“When considering a coating, you have to think about the physical characteristics of what might be stored in a vehicle,” Morgan stated. “You also have to consider the physical environment where a vehicle might be used, so our liner materials will not crack, warp or peel – even under extreme temperatures.”
According to Morgan, a low ‘buy in’ price allows new applicators to grow their business at their own pace because they only have to buy materials. “There are no traditional franchise fees to be paid,” he said. “Applicators and dealers have end-to- end support with access to service engineers and backup from the experienced technical support staff.”
Mann stated that a compelling reason for taking on the dealership was the support that his company had been given. “The support staff would do anything to help us when we phoned and give us advice based on their breadth of knowledge and depth of experience.
“Up here in the North, we can sometimes be forgotten or dismissed by suppliers and companies in the big cities,” Mann added. “Rhino Linings would always be willing to develop a plan or share a case study for a similar situation.”
The Gold Coast- based RLA has dedicated staff who thoroughly understand the chemistry of the product it supplies. “Their depth of knowledge and experience for which products can be used and in what situations is just a phone call or email away for our applicators and dealers,” Morgan added.
According to Morgan, “We are also not dependent on delivery schedules from an overseas supplier so our applicators and customers do not have to wait months for supply of material.”
RLA assists its dealers in developing best method procedures and practices for chemical handling and machinery used to apply the company’s products. Morgan concluded, “Rhino Linings is committed to the development of new technologies, products, and services that offer the best solutions to the needs of our customers, applicators and distributors.”
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UTE LINER SPRAY BOOTH - THE TECHNIQUES LEARNED AS A PAINTER ARE THE SAME FOR USING RHINO LINING’S SPRAY POLYMERS