A Caterpillar grader with a difference recently made its way from Caterpillar dealer WesTrac’s Port Hedland workshop to a Pilbara mine site.

Unlike the typical yellow Cat equipment in use across Australia’s mining sector, this is likely to be the only purple grader operating anywhere in Australia.

The eye-catching finish was applied as part of a machine rebuild by WesTrac and is designed to promote recognition of the Women in Mining in the Pilbara (WiMitP) group.

WesTrac Area Manager Jason Hill said while the team had painted equipment in various colours including blue and black before, it was the first time he’d come across a request for purple.

“It’s not a shade we have on hand as part of the standard Caterpillar colour range, so to meet the brief we engaged one of our key customers and local suppliers that regularly assists us with equipment painting,” Jason said.

“No doubt it turned some heads when it made the journey back to site and that’s exactly the purpose – to generate recognition and attention for the big number of women working in the mining sector across the Pilbara region.”

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Jason said the rebuild was also a great example of mining companies providing work opportunities to support the local communities in which they operate.

“While these sorts of full rebuilds have traditionally been carried out at WesTrac’s Perth workshop, the company also has Caterpillar trained technicians and fully equipped facilities within its extensive regional network around the State, and mining operators’ willingness to utilise these local workshops is boosting regional employment opportunities,” he said.

“The unusual colour finish has allowed WesTrac to further extend that use of local business as well.”

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