STANDOUT emerging Australian gold miner Regis Resources shapes as an excellent litmus test for Swedish manufacturer Sandvik’s “game changing” Vibrocone crusher, with success to open a potentially lucrative path for both supplier and end-user.
NEARLY one-third of the 100 DR-series surface crawler-mounted drill rigs sold by Sandvik since it bought and rebranded the Cubex product line in 2010 have been delivered to customers in Australia, with Macmahon Holdings this week taking delivery of the 100th machine at a ceremony in Perth, Western Australia.
CATERPILLAR is using this week’s Longwall USA conference and expo to put development of the new EL 1000 shearer on mine owners’ radars.
LOWER coal prices may be forcing New South Wales producers to cut, cut, cut, but it seems some still have eyes – and ears – on the future. Take Moolarben Coal, for example.
MAY 31: US mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global says its analysis of the global mining market indicates customer capital spending on mining equipment is down 40-50% on a year ago. The company reported net sales in the three months to the end of April this year were $US1.4 billion compared to $1.5 billion for the same period last year, while its profit dipped to $279 million from $333 million in the same quarter of 2012.
SWEDISH manufacturer Atlas Copco says it is filling a gap in the market with a new, compact rock bolting rig designed for small-to-medium-sized tunnels and drifts.
THE newest entrant in Australia’s highly competitive large underground truck market will need to show significant advantages over incumbents to upset the current market status quo. Scott Rowe, Sandvik Mining’s product line manager for underground trucks, says the company’s TH663 will compete hardest where the going is toughest – in the areas of safety and productivity.
KOMATSU is staying cautiously optimistic about the year ahead, believing the Chinese construction equipment market has bottomed and demand in North America and Japan is strengthening, after its dominant construction, mining and utility equipment business recorded flat sales (in yen) terms for the first three months of calendar 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.
AUSTRALIA, presumably, will be a great test for the green credentials – not to mention cost management acumen – of underground hard-rock miners with the world’s dominant market for large diesel articulated trucks now being offered a 21st century electric alternative.
NINETEEN of the 40 autonomous iron ore haul trucks Rio Tinto expects to have in the Pilbara by early 2014 have moved 100 million tonnes so far, the company has reported as it builds toward the fleet of 150 trucks ordered two years ago.
THE end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has seen some high-profile management changes at the big mining companies. Will this now precipitate a further round of consolidation in the global mining supply business?
AS PART of ThyssenKrupp’s strategic development program the two engineering subsidiaries ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik and ThyssenKrupp Polysius have been merged with effect from April 2, 2013 to form ThyssenKrupp Resource Technologies.
APRIL 4: TATA Steel will send about six million tonnes of iron ore a year 9km from its Khondbond mine to an east coast loader in Odisha, India, via two pipe conveyors to be supplied by FLSmidth for about $A33 million.
SANDVIK Mining has introduced a new concept in ground reinforcement for underground hard rock mines that it claims is faster and easier to install than traditional systems, but gives better, stronger ground support.
CANADIAN drilling products manufacturer Cubex is expected to become part of Sandvik next quarter after the two parties signed a merger deal this week.
NORTH America’s biggest underground coal miner CONSOL Energy has ordered nearly $US300 million of longwall equipment from Caterpillar for four northern Appalachia mines.
AMERICAN equipment giant Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) has added a new parts distribution centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to a string of such new facilities going back to the 2006 opening of a modern distribution plant in China under a new, eight-year investment plan.
NEITHER worsening weather nor damp market sentiment could douse the enthusiasm of Belarusian and Australian backers of a new, potentially significant heavy equipment franchise at the February launch in the Hunter region in New South Wales. After a “false start” Down Under several years ago, BelAZ is determined to extend its big global business footprint into Australia, and so are its local partners.
MORE than $US1 billion of Caterpillar equipment and parts sales in 2012 was heady vindication of Hastings Deering parent Sime Darby’s decision to leap first into the Bucyrus legacy business on offer from US-based Caterpillar after its multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011.
EQUIPMENT manufacturer Atlas Copco says a new, patented cable control development means its Scooptram EST1030 LHD can bring mines the benefits of electric power without the traditional problems.