Engineering & Mining Journal

NOV 2018

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NOVEMBER 2018 • E&MJ 69 SUPPLIERS REPORT H-E Parts reported the proven ProTech wear liner range, combined with in-house engineering, service support and propri- etary software, will provide a long-term minerals processing solution for Roy Hill. Epiroc to Acquire Drill Tools Maker Fordia Group Epiroc agreed to acquire Fordia Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of explora- tion drilling tools. Fordia Group, based in Montreal, Canada, has sales in more than 70 countries. It provides explo- ration drilling tools such as diamond bits, down-the-hole tools, drill rods and drill cas- ings, as well as water treatment systems and pumps, used by mining houses and drilling contractors. Its high-quality solutions are known for improving penetration rates and extend- ing bit life, Epiroc reported. Leadership at Epiroc hailed the ac- quisition as a calculated move. "This ac- quisition is strategically important as we increase our focus on the exploration seg- ment," Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president, mining and infrastructure, Epiroc, said. "The solid team at Fordia will play a key role as we continuously strength- en our value offering to customers." The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019. The business will become part of Epiroc's Rock Drilling Tools division, and will con- tinue to be based in Montreal. Fordia has about 250 employees and had revenues for the 12 months ending September 2018 of about $64.8 million. Separately Epiroc announced it ac- quired part of ASI Mining LLC, a U.S.- based company that provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles. Epiroc acquired 34% of ASI Mining, which is a subsidiary of Au- tonomous Solutions Inc. ASI Mining's products include on- board hardware and software that convert vehicles to autonomous operation, as well as system-level software platforms for command and control of autonomous fleets across various mining applications. The solutions integrate with various mo- bile mining equipment, regardless of make or model, and are used by mining customers globally, Epiroc reported. The business is estimated to have revenues in 2018 of more than $6 million. Epiroc described itself as an investing company of ASI Mining. Revenues and operating profit will not be consolidated, it reported. Metso to Deliver Solutions to Belarus Metso won orders to deliver dewatering solutions to a customer developing green- field and brownfield potash projects in Belarus. The deliveries will consist of in- clined plate settler (IPS) units used for thickening in different applications. The Metso IPS is a modular and com- pact sedimentation and dewatering sys- tem utilizing lamella clarification tech- nology. Using parallel inclined plates to minimize floor area occupation, the Met- so IPS reduces retention time and lowers installation costs, also enabling greater capacity compared to conventional thick- eners, the company reported. Separately, Metso reported it will deliver three grinding lines, including spare parts and supervision, to NLMK Group's Stoilensky GOK iron ore produc- tion plant in southern Russia. The plant is constructing an additional concentra- tion section, which will include the three new grinding lines with Metso's Vertimill. The lines will be assembled by 2020 in a single production unit and will enable scaling up the concentrate output with a 14% increase in capacity. Polydeck Celebrates 40 th On October 11, Polydeck Screen Corp. celebrated its 40th anniversary at the company's Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, campus. The celebration was a two- day event attended by employees, part- ners and affiliates. The anniversary merits both gratitude and praise, Peter Freissle, president, Polydeck, said in the opening speech. "The purpose of this event is to celebrate success and thank God," he said. "Less than 0.5% of companies make it to this point in their careers." The company was founded in 1978 in Spartanburg, and in the decades that fol- lowed, it expanded globally and eventual- ly opened facilities in Chile. Throughout, it remained private and family-owned. Glencore Tech to Offer 25% Performance Guarantee Glencore Technology reported it offers a 25% capital-back performance guarantee, which it described as a world's first. The guarantee traces back to the success of in- novations like the horizontal fine grinding system it developed for the McArthur River lead-zinc deposit. Other examples include its Jameson Cell and its Albion Process atmospheric leaching, both of which are field-proven, the company reported. "In round figures, we have 130 metalliferous installations of IsaMill, all performing as they should; 350 Jameson Cells and they remain best in class; and Albion Process, has exceeded expectations in delivering value, ramp-up and performance," Mike Hourn, Glencore Technology, said. "We felt we were in a position to seriously ex- plore a greater performance guarantee." The performance guarantees for these technologies are being rolled out on future projects, the company reported. Fordia's Hero 7 diamond drill bit. (Photo: Epiroc) Epiroc acquires 34% of ASI Mining. (Photo: Epiroc)

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