Software Survey: Alliances, Acquisitions and Advances Driving Growth

For an industry that mostly measures its success in terms of the volume of rock blasted, hauled, processed into product and shipped, a growing dependency on an often-arcane tool such as software is both fascinating to observe and encouraging to vendors in an otherwise generally grim procurement picture. More than ever, mineral producers need to “get it right”—whether it’s optimum drill/blast designs or the implementation of a company-wide asset management system.

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Metso Wins Services and Equipment Contracts for 2 Tata Operations

Metso announced on May 3 it has entered into a five-year, long-term strategic services partnership agreement with Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners to repair, rebuild, and service existing pyro-processing equipment and systems in its Green River, Wyoming, USA, operation. The total contract value is approximately 27 million.

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Bauma Attracts Record Numbers

In round figures, 580,000 visitors from 200 countries arrived in Munich in April for bauma, the world’s largest equipment fair. That’s an increase of more than 9%. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, U.K., Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors—1,263 from Germany and 2,160 from abroad—from 58 countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 m2 of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63% of the total—higher than ever before.

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Expanding Transporter Design Adds Width Without Extra Units

Mammoet, a service provider specializing in engineered heavy lifting and transport, announced development of an SPMT (Self Propelled Modular Transporter) widening adaptor. This system makes it possible to increase the track width of a SPMT—thereby increasing the width of the loading platform without the need to add more SPMT trailer units to safely execute a job. SPMTs are often used to transport oversized mining equipment; for example, see Moving and Maintaining the World’s Biggest Diggers.

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