Epiroc appointed the French company Aramine as official distributor of Epiroc products for underground mines and tunnels in France and in several strategic countries of the Central and West Africa.

Aramine leadership reported the Epiroc product range completes the portfolio of machines offered by Aramine. “Epiroc trust is a mark of recognition of our long-standing partnership, and this obvious collaboration between our two companies allows us to offer a wide and complete solutions range for mines and tunnels to our customers,” Marc Melkonian, president, Aramine, said.

Aramine Burkina, located in Ouagadougou, will manage the regional distribution of Epiroc products in Africa.

Separately, Epiroc reported it will consolidate the manufacturing of dimension stone industry equipment to India and will end manufacturing in Italy.

The production facility in Nashik, India, will get the business. The move is expected to shorten time to market.

The business belongs to Epiroc’s Surface and Exploration Drilling and Mining and Excavation Rock Service divisions. The product offering includes hydraulic drill rigs such as the SpeedROC.

The operation at Epiroc Stonetec in Bagnolo, Italy, with about 40 employees, will be closed by mid-2020.

Epiroc leadership described the development as necessary to keep the company strong and agile. “India is a large and growing dimension stone industry market and there we can benefit from an already full infrastructure for production, sourcing and logistics,” Helena Hedblom, senior vice president, mining and infrastructure, said.