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APR 2018

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80 E&MJ • APRIL 2018 SUPPLIERS REPORT Epiroc's spinoff from Atlas Copco attained practical completion for North American customers with the latter's acquisition of Cate Drilling Solutions LLC in December 2017, Jess Kindler, president, mining services, Epiroc, said at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration's annu- al meeting in February. The effect of the acquisition on cus- tomers is "quite positive," he said. "We now have one united channel from Epiroc to our customers in Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah." Salt Lake City-based Cate Drilling Solutions, with a staff of 35, distributed and serviced Atlas Copco surface drilling products, and operated a remanufactur- ing shop. The company was assimilated into Epiroc's mining and rock excavation service division in Q1 2018. The acquisition was designed to further enable Epiroc, with a staff of 12,000 em- ployees, operations in more than 150 coun- tries, and a recent listing on the Swedish stock exchange, to collaborate with and re- spond to the needs of North American cus- tomers. "It is about high availability when it comes to the spare parts when needed," Kindler said. "It is about high quality and working with mines on extending the lives of components and really driving the total cost of ownership of our equipment to the lowest cost in the industry." Such collaboration reflects one of the core values the company adopted after the spinoff, Kindler said. Epiroc will foster "close interaction between our commercial operations and our customers," he said. The company is divided into three businesses: underground mining, surface drilling and exploration. The spinoff al- lows the new company to "focus on min- ing and natural resources," growth, and "bringing innovations to market faster," Kindler said. For example, the company announced last fall a plan to migrate to strictly electric equipment for under- ground mining. The move comes amidst general uncertainty and speculation over battery-powered equipment adoption rates and timelines for the sector. "I don't think anybody knows the exact timeline," Kindler said. "I couldn't say it is exactly 10 years, but I have a gut feeling that, like the car manufacturers, in the next 10 years, the majority will be electrified." That point could be reached incremen- tally, he said. Heavier equipment, like the 65-metric ton (mt) haul truck, may require "an interim step where it is not fully electrified, but has a smaller diesel engine." Epiroc's long-term objectives are to be the first choice of customers, one of the most sustainable equipment companies in the world, and leverage the "legacy of 144 years of innovation and pushing the boundaries and reimagining mining al- most every generation," Kindler said. Separately, Epiroc reported it received an order from Chilean mining company Sociedad Punta del Cobre SA (Pucobre) for loading and hauling equipment that will be used in three underground copper mines in the Atacama region in northern Chile. The order totals $26 million and was received in Q1 2018. Pucobre has previously purchased drill rigs from Atlas Copco. The new equipment includes the Minetruck MT65 and the Scooptram ST18 underground loader. The machines will be delivered over the next two years and will be equipped with the Epiroc telematics system Certiq, allowing automated and intelligent monitoring of productivity and machine performance. Glencore Technology Lands Contracts Teck Resources Ltd. tapped Glencore Technology to supply a M15000 IsaMill for its Red Dog Operations. It is expect- ed to increase the facility's average mill throughput by about 15%. The M15000 IsaMill will treat lead tailings prior to flotation and will reduce particles from 150 to 60 microns. The M15000 is new to the IsaMill range, and is bigger than predecessor models for in- creased capacity. Red Dog, located north of the Arc- tic Circle and one of the world's largest zinc mines, required grinding equipment that could be retrofitted within the exist- ing mill layout, while providing sufficient Epiroc's Buyout of Distributer Provides "United Channel' to NA Miners Epiroc's biggest business is underground mining, for which it intends to supply strictly electric equipment. Above, the battery-powered Epiroc Scooptram ST7. (Photo: Epiroc) The Red Dog mine (above) will use an M15000 IsaMill to increase plant throughput. (Photo: Teck)

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