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FEBRUARY 2019 • E&MJ 61 SUPPLIERS REPORT industrial digital twins. Aker Solutions will bring in its domain expertise and sec- tor-specific digital offerings in field devel- opment, asset performance and integrity. Siemens will provide a wide range of dig- ital offerings for the process industries, ranging from automation equipment to software applications for engineering and simulation. The resulting solutions will help customers to reduce engineering and operational costs and enable improved decision-making, Siemens reported. Metso to Acquire Chilean Service Business Metso agreed to acquire HighService Ser- vice, the service business of the Chilean mining technology and maintenance pro- vider HighService Corp. With 1,300 em- ployees and operations in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, HighService Service had $69 million in sales in 2017. The acquisition is pending regulatory approval from Chil- ean authorities and is expected to close during the first half of 2019. The value of the transaction was not disclosed. Leadership at Metso said the acquisi- tion supports Metso's growth strategy and will expand its service offering in the Chil- ean and Pacific Rim mining markets. "We are very happy to welcome HighService Service to Metso and look forward to of- fering full support to our existing and new customers in the region," Mikko Keto, president, minerals services, Metso, said. HighService Service is divided into two areas, plant maintenance service management and drive and automatic control management. It specializes in technical assistance and remote monitor- ing in concentrator plants. Separately, Metso announced it final- ized the acquisition of the U.K.-based combustion solutions and technology provider Kiln Flame Systems Ltd. (KFS) to extend its pyro processing portfolio and capabilities. KFS, with 14 employ- ees based in High Wycombe, U.K., will become part of Metso's minerals services business area, which offers a line of pyro processing equipment. KFS specializes in rotary kiln and calcining processes, com- bustion optimization and burner technol- ogies. It provides solutions to the miner- als processing industry. Partnership for Traceable Cobalt for Batteries Ford partnered with LG Chem, a South Korean chemicals specialist, and Chinese mining firm Huayou Cobalt, on a block- chain-based system to track cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and used in the carmaker's electric vehicle batteries. The initiative was trialed in De- cember 2018. RCS Global oversees the initiative. IBM supports it with its block- chain protocol, which will be powered by technology from the Linux Foundation, according to wire reports. Leadership at Ford said the company is committed to transparency across the supply chain. "By collaborating with other leading in- dustries in this network, our intent is to use state-of-the-art technology to ensure materials produced for our vehicles will help meet our commitment to protecting human rights and the environment," Lisa Drake, vice president, global purchasing and powertrain operations, Ford, said, ac- cording to wire reports. Last year, cobalt mining in the region made mainstream news after child labor was exposed, trig- gering a public backlash. Mining Contractors and Engineers AFRICA | ASIA | AUSTRALIA | EUROPE NORTH AMERICA | SOUTH AMERICA • Shaft Sinking • Mine Development • Contract Mining • Raiseboring • Raise Mining • Underground Construction • Engineering & Technical Services • Specialty Services Consider it done. EXPERIENCE Providing full service mining solutions and innovation around the world for over 55 years. From left, Roland Ehrl, executive vice president, Siemens AG; Zhang Guo Qiang, vice president, Mintal Group; and Du Wan Gu, section manager, Siemens China, in the control room of the Mintal Group. (Photo: Siemens)

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