Durban-based Earthmoving, Plant and Transport is primarily involved with rebuilding and servicing of earthmoving and heavy equipment. In this exclusive, Plant takes a closer look at his business.

Established seven years ago, Earthmoving, Plant and Transport is owned by 
Richard Eastwood.

Eastwood owns a 3000 m
² site in Westmead which is home to 600 m² of workshop, wash bay, spray booth, administration offices and spares stores. Eastwood was trained with  Barlows and has extensive experience in the industry. Eastwood is involved with purchasing and selling of equipment and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and workshop. Eastwood managed an earthworks business locally and spent five years on site in Botswana.

The core focus of the business is to supply refurbished equipment for sale and to maintain equipment.

The maintenance is done at his workshop and includes major repairs and rebuilds. Eastwoods target market includes all equipment owner and those looking to purchase or refurbish equipment.

Eastwood is not involved in the hire of equipment and see's himself as supplying a supportive service to equipment owners as well as a steady supply of reasonable equipment.

Locally, Eastwood has a number of regular clients and has established a reputation in the market for the supply of reliable refurbished machinery.

Some of his major clients include Wessel Kampher, Dolphin Coast Waste Services, Crooke's Brothers, Franki Pile and Teichmann Plant. The quality of his rebuilt equipment has attached enquiries from as far a field as France and Egypt. The staff complement of 12 is highly skilled and includes two boilermakers, two fitters, a panel beater, a spray painter and three diesel fitters. Eastwood puts the success of his business and the product down to his highly skilled staff and a commitment to excellence.

Each rebuilt machine is stripped down to a shell, rebuilt to a new specification and sold with a six-month warranty. Refurbished machines can offer great savings as they sell for only 50% of the price of a new machine.

The level of operation and quality of product has seen even support from the bank with a number of rebuilds receiving finance. Some of the machines repaired and operating successfully are more than thirty years old.

"We invest in the equipment and not overheads. The next step for EPT is probably the export market," said Eastwood.
by:  Jenny Bergstrom
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