Europcar expands its commercial mining vehicle operations in WA to meet growing demand


Leading global car rental company, Europcar, has announced a second stage expansion of its fleet of commercial rental vehicles to meet the growing demand from WA's booming resource industry.

Over the coming months, Europcar is opening new branches in Geraldton, Busselton, Bunbury, Albany and Collie to supply specialist commercial rental vehicles to WA's key resource industries: mining, construction, logistics and infrastructure.


The announcement follows the recent opening of four branches specialising in mine specced vehicle rental in Esperance and Kalgoorlie in early February. These new vehicle offerings from Europcar are providing resource industries with a faster and cheaper alternative to purchasing vehicles for project requirements.

Heading up Europcar's expanding operations in WA is Rod Zakostelsky, 37, who brings a wealth of first hand knowledge of the specialist requirements of the resource and construction sectors, with more than 20 years' experience in mining, construction and equipment rental industries.

Mr Zakostelsky said Europcar's increased focus on commercial vehicle rentals reflects an understanding of some of the supply challenges businesses are facing during the current resource boom.

"The demand for purchasing commercial vehicles to fill project requirements has created a backlog in vehicle manufacturing, triggering an increase in demand for rental vehicles," Mr Zakostelsky said.

"By offering mine specific rentals as an alternative, we are saving our customers time and money and are taking the stress away from purchasing vehicles that are on backlog orders."

More branches also mean vehicles will be able to be moved easily between locations enabling demand fluctuations to be met.

"We understand that some businesses are not located near a commercial vehicle rental branch and so we are working hard to meet their needs by delivering vehicles across WA," Mr Zakostelsky said.

The new fleet includes trucks, dual cab utes, single cab utes, 12-seater vans and a number of 33- seater coaches and meets the safety standards of construction and mine sites. Europcar also plans to serve the oil and gas industries to provide much needed support for their multi-billion dollar projects in North WA.

Europcar Australia and New Zealand Operations Director, Matt Barker, said Europcar was delighted to be expanding its Western Australia operation and to be partnering with Mr Zakostelsky in the role of Director of Mining and Commercial WA.

"With his many years' experience and local knowledge from working in mining, construction and equipment rental, Rod is the ideal choice to spearhead Europcar's expansion into regional WA," Mr Barker said.


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