Epiroc has agreed to acquire Remote Control Technologies Pty Ltd (RCT), an Australian company that provides automation and remote-control solutions for mining operations. With this acquisition, Epiroc will further strengthen its position as an automation solutions provider not only for surface and underground rock drilling but also for underground loading and haulage.

“Automation is increasingly important for the mining industry to strengthen safety and productivity, and RCT’s advanced solutions complement Epiroc’s existing automation offering well,” Epiroc President and CEO Helena Hedblom said. “Together we will provide complete automation and remote-control solutions to support our customers on their journey towards optimal operations. We are especially pleased that Bob Muirhead, RCT’s founder and a true pioneer within mining automation, will continue in an active management role. We look forward to welcoming the strong RCT team to Epiroc.”

Headquartered in Perth, Australia, RCT has customers in more than 70 countries. The company provides automation and remote-control solutions applicable for either a single machine or an entire mixed fleet of machines regardless of manufacturer or type of equipment. RCT also provides data and information systems, fleet and machine management systems, and machine protection systems. RCT has about 225 employees and annual revenues of approximately MSEK 600 ($55 million).