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Otraco announces expanded distribution for FMA equipment

With a focus on delivering innovation in tyre management solutions to help customers succeed, Otraco is pleased to announce the extension of our distribution agreement with FMA Industrial (Chile) SA.

Taking time to give back – Otraco donates $80,000 to NSW Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

In August 2017, Mitchell Lomas was involved in a workplace incident, which resulted in serious burns to parts of his body.

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Supporting community resilience

A whopping R1,200,000 (approximately AUD $120,000)! That’s how much Downer’s tyre management business, Otraco, has now contributed to helping Anglo American Platinum to build resilient communities at its Mogalakwena Complex in South Africa.

Otraco announced as finalist in Hunter Safety Awards

Thanks to the Hunter Safety Awards for announcing Otraco as a Finalist in the 2019 Hunter Safety Awards for the innovative Otraco 3arm® Support Tool.

Otraco achieves 1M hours LTI/LDI free across Rio Tinto mines

In December 2018, Downer’s tyre management business Otraco, achieved the significant safety milestone of one million hours lost time injury free (LTI) across Rio Tinto’s 17 mine sites in Western Australia. The Rio Tinto equivalent of the Downer LTI classification is lost day injury free (LDI).

Achieved over a four-year period, the result is testament to the focus and dedication of over 120 tyre technicians, support teams and leaders delivering world’s best practice across 17 Rio Tinto mine sites.

Otraco operations manager, Chad Hovell, said that the result was underpinned by a company-wide commitment to maintaining Zero Harm coupled with an individual focus by all team members to keep themselves and their workmates safe.

“We have a long and proud history with Rio Tinto which stretches over 20 years with the iron ore mines in Western Australia and more than 30 years with the Argyle Diamond Mine. Importantly, our length of tenure has allowed our teams to develop a very deep and detailed understanding of the uniqueness of each mine site as well as a solid working knowledge of Rio Tinto’s operational requirements. We could not have achieved this milestone without the shared commitment to building successful partnerships which is a fundamental value within Rio Tinto, Otraco and Downer,” said Chad.

Reflecting on the length of Otraco’s successful working relationship with Rio Tinto, Chad identified some interesting statistics which highlighted the size and scope of Otraco’s work. These statistics include:

“When we analysed our work on Rio Tinto mine sites over the LTI/LDI period we found some remarkable statistics including the fact that our combined teams have changed over 52,500 tyres, implemented 561 innovations and HSE initiatives and conducted over 665,000 tyre pressure checks,” said Chad.

Downer’s General Manager, Mining Services, Milan Pavelic, said that he was very proud of the team in Western Australia. He also noted a similar milestone having been achieved by Otraco’s operation in Chile earlier in the same year.

“Congratulations to the team for demonstrating an exemplary focus on safety. As leaders we set strategic and operational objectives to keep our people safe. We put programs in place to help our teams but at the end of the day it’s our onsite tyre technicians that deliver the work 24/7. On behalf of Otraco and Downer I congratulate our Western Australian team on achieving this milestone,” said Milan.

TriptichPictured: Otraco teams onsite at Rio Tinto’s Marandoo mine in Western Australia. 

The new Otraco 3arm® Support Tool - revolutionising tyre management

Always looking for a better way to safely and cost-effectively improve tyre management for off-the-road (OTR) vehicles, Otraco has released the new Otraco 3arm® Support Tool.

Otraco Presents at Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference

Otraco Operations Manager, Greg Glennon, recently presented at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference held on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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Otraco supports Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival at Tom Price

Always keen to participate in community events, Otraco recently sponsored the Grease, Gears and Grills car show at the Nameless Jarndunmunha Festival at Tom Price in Western Australia.

Proud to support the Mogalakwena Complex in South Africa


For more information please contact Andre Bode, Country Manager, Otraco Southern Africa

Customers gain competitive advantage despite global tyre shortage

Notwithstanding the global shortage of 57" tyres, Otraco's customers continue to gain competitive advantage by utilising Otraco's tyre management solutions to improve tyre life.

Tyre maintenance services and technology solutions have never been more critical for customers as the tyre shortage takes hold. Leading the way is the tyre management and reporting system, Otracom which is helping site managers and purchasing managers to keep their operations moving within tight OPEC and CAPEX budgets whilst supporting Just-In-Time (JIT) purchasing policies.

Otraco presents at Safety in Hazardous Industries conference

Paulo Gomes, Regional Senior Safety Adviser with Downer's off-the-road tyre management business Otraco has received high praise for his presentation at the Safety in Hazardous Industries Conference in Brisbane.

Presenting a case study titled 'Examining How Challenging the Right People Leads to the Best Safety Result', Paulo explained the importance of identifying site safety restraints, outlining strategies for utilizing in-house talents and demonstrating the importance of overcoming resource obstacles. Paulo also reinforced the fact that we will always find the best solution amongst the workforce.

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Otraco receives nomination from Evolution Mining

Downer’s off-the-road tyre management business Otraco has been recognised by Evolution Mining for outstanding efforts in identifying cost savings at the Cowal mine site in NSW.

Evolution Mining’s Act Like an Owner (ALO) program recognises team achievements that have displayed the ALO supportive behaviours including: supporting each other; working together; and thinking ahead to consider what is best for Evolution Mining in the long term. The ALO program includes supplier nominations.

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Otraco kicking zero harm goals

Otraco, Downer’s tyre management business, which forms part of our Mining division, was recently recognised with a prestigious customer award for its commitment to Zero Harm at the Swakop Uranium mine site in Namibia.

In presenting the 2017 Safety Award, Swakop Uranium recognised the team for its “commitment to safety, health, environment and work quality”.

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Innovation reducing cost of tyre ownership

With more than 45 years' experience delivering off-the-road (OTR) tyre solutions to customers worldwide, Otraco continues to reduce the total cost of tyre ownership by delivering new, cost-effective innovations.

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Mining supervisor champions safety

Jamie Pickels, Site Supervisor in the Tyre Management business (Otraco), has been awarded the Best Individual, Workplace Health and Safety Achievement at the National Safety Awards of Excellence.

 Jamie was given the award after being recognised for a safety initiative he championed at the Meandu Mine in Queensland.

After identifying a task he deemed high risk to workers (fitting the tyre and rim assemblies), Jamie developed a set of tools to reduce the risk and improve efficiency. Called 'Spacer Plates', this device now allows his team to complete the Hitachi dump truck tyre and rim assembly fitment task in a safe, quick and efficient manner.


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T: +61 8 6274 7200


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Wapadrand Extension 7, Pretoria
Gauteng Province

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