Grain is a food staple in almost every culture’s diet and one of Western Australia’s leading grain organizations, CBH Group, stores, transports and markets approximately 15 million tons of it a year. But to withstand the high temperatures, CBH Group relies on a fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment machines to be ready to work all year round.
Australia’s grain industry represents around a quarter of all agricultural exports and plays a vital role in the country’s economy. CBH Group is one of Australia’s leading grain organizations and it represents more than 4,500 grain growers throughout Western Australia (WA). Last year, CBH Group recorded its largest ever harvest, handling more than 15.8 million tons of wheat, barley, canola and oats. But high summer temperatures – reaching over 40°C – and thick, fine dust makes this a difficult environment. CBH Group relies on a fleet of 59 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) wheel loaders to ensure the grain gets delivered around the world, on time.
Headquartered in Perth, the CBH Group is a co-operative – owned by growers – and covers 12 grain-growing zones across the southern part of WA. Its fleet of L60 E-Series and F-Series wheel loaders move the grain from storages onto rail or trucks, to be transported throughout Australia and the world. The grain is shipped overseas from four ports in WA and then processed into different food produce or used to feed livestock.
CBH Group has been using Volvo wheel loaders as its primary loading equipment for over 10 years. Leon Fallon, network resources manager of Operations, says: “With our product being so essential to people, we need a brand of wheel loader that we can trust.” Each of the 59 Volvo machines moves around 200,000 tons of grain per year, working for 8 hours a day and has a lifespan of around 13,000 hours.
Founded in 1974, CJD Equipment is also headquartered in Perth, WA, and has a network of sales and service centers to cover Australia from coast to coast. Its team of over 500 employees are highly trained – and experienced service technicians aim to be on-site within 24 hours to resolve any fault or maintenance issue. “We’ve always received excellent service from CJD,” Leon Fallon adds.
Text: Fiona Gardner
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