Export Finance Australia’s support allowed mining services business, Platinum Blasting Services, to double its size in 18 months.
Platinum Blasting Services provides drill and blast services to Australian mining companies, such as BHP, BMA,Glencore, QMetco, Whitehaven and Jellinbah . Based in Brisbane with operations throughout Queensland and NSW, the business is a key contributor to the export of coking and thermal coal to markets like Japan and South Korea.
Blasting services and explosives supply is a working capital-intensive industry. To establish a relationship and explore opportunities for funding its growth, Platinum Blasting Services initiated contact with Export Finance Australia. At this time, the business won the large Jellinbah Mine project.
“Export Finance Australia put in the time to understand what our needs were and then tailor the support necessary”, explained Cliff Gale, Managing Director.
“They were an enabler for us to expand. Over the last 18 months, the business basically doubled in size. And without Export Finance Australia’s support for the working capital, that just wouldn't have been possible.” “I think we may have had to curtail the level of growth or gone to more fringe financing markets to secure that money on less favourable terms.”