Due to the pressures still facing the mining industry to reduce operating costs and enhance productivity, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and Siemens have decided to prolong their successful collaboration in the mining sector for another five years. This means the two companies can continue to provide the mining sector with innovative and reliable transport systems into the future.

“Conveying technology must keep up with the complex requirements of the modern mining industry. We want to continue offering our customers reliable and highly-efficient conveyor systems,” said Jens Michael Wegmann, chairman of the management board of the Industrial Solutions Business Area of thyssenkrupp. “It is only possible to optimize modern mechatronic belt drive systems like this by working in close cooperation with a partner because the mechanics and the motor form a self-contained unit. That’s why we are carrying on the tried and tested cooperation with Siemens.”

“We are happy to be able to keep on supporting thyssenkrupp with our time-proven direct drive systems featuring Sinamics cycloconverters and rugged synchronous motors which have undergone continuous further development in recent years,” said Jürgen Brandes, CEO of the Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division.

In order to satisfy the constantly increasing performance demanded by the mines industry, Siemens offers a 3- to 10-MW motor series along with the associated converter systems.

The two companies have successfully implemented a number of joint projects in recent years. Thyssenkrupp provided the conveyor system for Xstrata Copper in the Antapaccay and Las Bambas copper mines in Peru, for instance. Siemens provided thyssenkrupp with the direct drive for the world’s largest conveyor belt. The belt conveyor system is being erected in the Peruvian Cuajone mine belonging to the Mexican Southern Copper Corp. mining company.