Suppliers Report - June 2017

Wisconsin Welcomes Komatsu Mining

Executives from Japan’s Komatsu Ltd., Milwaukee’s mayor and Wisconsin’s governor formally cut the ribbon in a ceremony in May that launched the subsidiary Komatsu Mining Corp.

The subsidiary is comprised primarily of former U.S.-based mining machinery and solutions company Joy Global. Komatsu Ltd. acquired Joy Global effective April 5 for $3.7 billion. Komatsu Mining Corp is headquartered in Milwaukee.

Executives said they were satisfied with the acquisition.

“We are happy to welcome Komatsu Mining Corp. to our global family and look forward to working together to offer our customers our full line of mining solutions,” Tetsuji Ohashi, CEO, Komatsu Ltd., said. “We are committed to creating greater value for our customers with advanced technology and innovative solutions.”

Komatsu spokeswoman Caley Clinton, formerly of Joy Global, said the buyout provided job security to the more than 10,000 former Joy employees. “It has been a tough market,” she said. “Employees are excited about this next chapter and being part of a larger organization and still based here in Milwaukee.”

Ohashi said Komatsu Ltd. is forecasting both commodities and the mining machinery sector to rebound soon. “We are expecting the mining market will bottom out in the near future,” he said.

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Suppliers Report - May 2017

Rodless Exploration Drill Rig Rolls Toward Commercialization

New drill rig technology, claimed to have the potential to drastically cut exploration costs, has undergone successful field trials in outback South Australia, according to a report published by the joint Australian government/mining industry research organization that originated the concept.

RoXplorer, a coiled tubing drill rig, was developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) in South Australia and underwent its first extensive, field drilling trials in late February and early March.
According to DET CRC, the trial site, 20 kilometers (km) west of Port Augusta, was adjacent to a hole previously drilled by conventional (diamond) drilling methods and provided a typical example of the thick cover sequence of the Olympic Iron-Oxide-Copper-Gold (IOCG) Province of South Australia.

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South32 Plugs into GE Data Platform

GE and South32 recently announced the signing of a three-year strategic partnership intended to “to assist in the development of South32’s technology roadmap and activation of the company’s digital transformation.”
The partnership, which GE said is its first with an Australian mining company in the digital space, represents “a step towards playing a much bigger role in the global mining sector.” South 32 also noted that GE is “the ideal partner,” as the mining company has recently embarked upon its own digital transformation.

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TAKRAF to Install Equipment for Bauxite Plant

TAKRAF GmbH has secured a major contract for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. Project value is approximately €100 million.

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FLSmidth Signs Equipment/Engineering MOU for Phosphate Project

Arianne Phosphate, a Canadian company currently advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, has signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for the future plant, in collaboration with the various key suppliers involved in the project development.

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Suppliers Report - April 2017

Sandvik, IBM Collaborate on Underground Productivity

Sandvik, in making the announcement, pointed out that improvements in onboard instrumentation and data gathering capabilities in heavy equipment offer opportunities to employ advanced analytics and models to identify and resolve productivity issues and improve process optimization and performance. Sandvik cited a recent McKinsey Global Institute report that predicts deployment of digital technologies will create as much as $100 billion of value to resource-producing companies by 2035.

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SA Contract Miner Leans Heavily on Simulation Training for Operators

MCC Contract Mining & Services, a division of South Africa’s eXtract Group, is investing substantially to develop one of the largest operator training center projects in Africa, according to simulator supplier Immersive Technologies.

Immersive said it is contributing to MCC’s project through the introduction of a Managed Workforce Development Solution, which is intended to directly improve operator skills and their understanding of the factors that affect asset productivity, cost reduction and safety. This solution will be distributed across the eXtract Operator Training Academy and three mining operations. It incorporates seven Advanced Equipment Simulators, 19 simulator modules (or Conversion Kits) and seven Pre-Start Inspection training & assessment systems. This solution will be staffed by a team of embedded Immersive Technologies personnel servicing all four locations including a full time business improvement specialist, a dedicated training manager and operator training personnel.

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Cat Enlists Former U.S. AG to Investigate Tax Problems

Caterpillar Inc. announced on March 16 that it has retained former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr as outside counsel. Jim Umpleby, who became chief executive officer of Caterpillar on January 1, 2017, said Barr will review matters relating to the search warrants recently executed at Caterpillar facilities and assist the company in appropriately addressing those matters.

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TAKRAF Acquires FMC Material Handling Assets

Mining and bulk material handling equipment supplier TAKRAF recently acquired the assets of FMC Technologies’ Material Handling Systems (FMC MHS) business unit based near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

FMC MHS has provided material handling solutions to a variety of industries, including mining, for more than a century. The business provides systems expertise in the form of engineering, procuring, and construction assistance for complete material handling systems and also offers a line of proprietary equipment for rotary drying and cooling of various materials. FMC MHS has facilities worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Chile, China, India and Australia.

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Companies Poised to Promote Chilean Business Commitments at ExpoNor

According to Kallman Worldwide, a global marketing, media and exhibitor services provider, the long-standing and growing partnership between the U.S. and Chile is proof that when it comes to bilateral trade, cooperation pays off for both parties, particularly in the mining industry. Well into the second decade of the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, the U.S. has solidified its position as the top supplier of equipment, products and services to the mining industry in Chile, enabling business partners there to maintain their leadership position among the world’s top mineral producers and exporters.

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Mine Door Supplier Names Jennmar Sole U.S. Distributor

Jennmar Corp. has signed an agreement to become the exclusive U.S. distributor of American Mine Door’s EcoVent equipment doors for underground mining applications. The agreement is for a term of three years with a three-year option. The alliance expands Jennmar’s mine ventilation offerings, which now include metal stoppings, man doors, foam packs and equipment doors.

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Bulk Shipping Concept Aims to Expand Capacity of Shallow-water Ports 



Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions recently announced it has begun a partnership with National Ports, an Australian developer and operator of large-scale floating port solutions, to make the operation of bulk carriers and materials handling equipment more efficient and environmentally friendly in shallow-water ports around the world. 

The effort is aimed at further developing and rolling out a new technology known as the super-shallow draft bulk carrier — a self-propelled vessel that will open shallow draft ports to far greater tonnages with no dredging and very limited capital expenditure, according to the company.

Marco Lucido, managing director at National Ports, said, “Our new solution will open up access to shallow loading and destination ports worldwide including those affected by large tides. The system will not only be able to significantly increase cargo throughput for existing mining companies with limited draft [ports], it can also help to make new mining companies economically viable.”

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