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60 E&MJ • FEBRUARY 2019 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT Sandvik announced it acquired Artisan Vehicle Systems (AVS), which makes bat- tery-powered underground mining equip- ment. AVS is based in Camarillo, Cali- fornia, USA, and is a supplier of battery packs, electric motors, power electronics, software and control systems. AVS will become a business unit in the Load and Haul Division within Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. The trans- action is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. Leadership at Sandvik said the acqui- sition was a strategic move. "It is in line with our ambition to be leading in the market for battery electric vehicle solu - tions," said Lars Engström, president, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. In October 2018, Sandvik announced the Battery Electrification Innovation and Development Center in Turku, Finland. The acquisition will add to the resources, both physical and intellectual, available to the center, said Mats Eriksson, pres- ident, Load and Haul Division, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. "The com- bination of know-how and skills creates a very strong platform," he said. AVS had revenues of $12.3 million and 60 employees in 2017. It made headlines that year for supplying electric haulers and loaders to Kirkland Lake Gold's Macassa mine, in northeastern Ontario, Canada. In October 2017, AVS announced it was building a related technology support and development campus in Kirkland Lake. Sandvik described Artisan as the market leader with the most battery electric vehicles currently operating in underground mining. McLanahan Acquires Anaconda Equipment McLanahan Corp. announced it is acquir- ing Anaconda Equipment of Northern Ire- land. Legal closing is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2019. The compa- nies partnered in 2017, with McLanah- an signing to distribute Anaconda's line of mobile track equipment. Founded in 2008, Anaconda Equipment supplies an extensive range of mobile tracked equip- ment, which includes scalping, screening, recycling and conveying equipment. In the past decade, they sold more than 1,200 units into more than 50 countries across six continents. Leadership at McLanahan said Anaconda will be a "good fit" for the family of companies. "When it came down to it, we saw in Anaconda a company that was well-established, had great employees and dealers, and had many of the same values and business principles as we do," said Sean McLanahan, CEO, McLanahan. Siemens, Aker Collaborate on Digital Offerings Siemens AG reported it will design, en- gineer and commission a new production management system (PMS), based on the Siemens Minerals Operation Manage- ment Solution, for China's Mintal Group Ferrochrome Science and Technology Co. Ltd. Mintal Group will leverage the sys- tem to help close the information gap between enterprise resource planning (ERP) and plant automation systems. The system will enable more unified planning and business-level insights based on inte- grated, current and actionable data drawn from Mintal Group's ERP software, that of other business functions, and its plant automation, which is based on Siemens Simatic PCS 7. The new PMS will pro- vide a fast and powerful tool for improving the product manufacturing experience and production management, Siemens reported. The collaborative management of equipment, personnel, materials and other resources will enable the Mint- al Group to achieve a complete picture of production scheduling and control, equipment operation and maintenance cycle management, and material and production quality control. Mintal Group Ferrochrome Science and Technology Co. Ltd. is a new metallurgical Sino-foreign joint venture invested by five China Min - erals Corp. and Goldman Sachs. Separately, Siemens reported it signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Aker Solutions to develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services. The collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings, including the development of Sandvik Acquires American Electric Equipment Manufacturer Fresh off opening a battery tech and innovation center, Sandvik acquires Artisan Vehicle Systems, maker of the battery-powered Z40 haul truck, above. (Photo: Artisan Vehicle Systems) Sean McLanahan, CEO of McLanahan, left, and Alistair Forsyth, founder of Anaconda Equipment, formalize the deal. (Photo: McLanahan)

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