Engineering & Mining Journal

DEC 2017

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66 E&MJ • DECEMBER 2017 SUPPLIERS REPORT Atlas Copco announced it will focus on zero-emission and battery-driven machin- ery. The company has immediate plans to expand its current portfolio of electric mining equipment, including loaders, drill rigs and mine trucks. The company reported it will continue to support all customers who rely on die- sel-driven equipment. Leadership said its goal is zero-emis- sion mining. "Our customers' future is electric," Andreas Nordbrandt, president, underground rock excavation division, said. "We must consider the mining in- dustry's carbon footprint and assume our responsibility as an industry leader." Erik Svedlund, global marketing man- ager, electrification, said battery-powered machines currently perform at least as well as the diesel competition. "This is only the beginning," he said. "Produc- tivity and profitability will only improve from here." FLSmidth's Acquisition of Mining Systems From Sandvik Almost Complete The previously announced acquisition of the Sandvik Mining Systems projects business by FLSmidth has concluded ex- cept for the transfer of assets in South Africa, which is awaiting merger control clearance. The acquisition includes con- tinuous surface mining and minerals han- dling technologies and competences. By integrating the Mining Systems segment, FLSmidth reported, the com- pany now covers a wider range of the full mining value chain, from the pri- mary crushing point in the mine to the tailings handling. "With this acquisition, we will be able to increase the productivity of the complete pit-to-plant operation by bet- ter integrating upstream mining with downstream processing," said Manfred Schaffer, group executive vice president, minerals division. "The acquisition also allows us to digitalize the full value chain and enables a better utilization of existing leading technologies by ob- taining direct access to all key processes and equipment." The acquisition includes the part of Sandvik Mining Systems that is closest to the mine — all products for continuous surface mining, in-pit crushing and min- erals handling technologies and related intellectual property, including reference lists, drawings and data for installed base. It does not include Sandvik's conveyor component and Finland-based business- es. More than 200 employees with strong experience, competences and customer insights will transfer to FLSmidth. FLSmidth will provide project manage- ment services to Sandvik on the majority of ongoing projects to be delivered during 2017–2019 and parts and services for the installed equipment. The closing of the South African portion of the transac- tion is expected to occur in early 2018. South African Platinum Miner Gets 2 Conveyors Booysendal Platinum Ltd. tapped Dop- pelmayr Transport Technology GmbH to construct a RopeCon system to transport ore from mining modules in the south of the concession 4.9 kilometers (km) to the concentrator plant. The system will trans- port up to 900 tons per hour (t/h) with an overall vertical climb of 530 meters (m). It will be completed in 2019. The South African miner, a subsidiary of Northam Platinum Ltd. and a producer of chrome and platinum, is expanding its mining capacity at the concession. Ac- Atlas Copco Pledges to Go Strictly Electric Equipment from Atlas Copco's underground rock excavation division. Manfred Schaffer, group executive vice president, minerals division, says the acquisition allows FLSmidth to digitalize the full value chain.

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