Komatsu to acquire American Battery Solutions

Komatsu, through its wholly owned subsidiary in the United States, Komatsu America Corp., has agreed to acquire American Battery Solutions Inc. (ABS), a battery manufacturer headquartered in Detroit.  U.S. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on Dec. 1, 2023, on the condition that all necessary procedures for the closing are completed. The immediate impact on Komatsu’s consolidated business results…

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Teck, Norden collab on curbing emissions via freight

Coal, copper and zinc producer Teck Resources has teamed with transport firm Norden for an agreement that will reduce CO2 emissions in Teck’s steelmaking coal supply chain. The agreement is expected to reduce annual emissions from Teck shipments handled by Norden by 25%, or up to 6,700 tonnes of CO2. The latter will achieve emission reductions with a range of…

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Baffinland, thyssenkrupp tackle emissions in steel value chain

Canadian miner Baffinland Iron Mines has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG to expedite the development of high-quality feedstock for green and low-carbon steel production. Baffinland’s Nunavut high-grade iron ore will be used in the German steelmaker’s tkH2Steel project where thyssenkrupp’s coal-based blast furnaces will be replaced by hydrogen-based direct reduction modules. The iron produced…

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Hitachi develops enhanced boom, arm for excavator line-up

Hitachi is developing an enhanced boom and arm for its ultra-large hydraulic excavator range with boosted durability that can extend service life*1 by 1.5 times previous models, and is now testing its durability at a Rio Tinto site in Australia. The OEM recently said that it has improved durability by expanding the applicability of steel castings to the boom and…

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Komatsu GHG alliance meet in Arizona

Komatsu gathered members of the company’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance in May at the Komatsu Arizona Proving Grounds (AZPG) complex outside Tucson, Ariz., to share progress and highlight knowledge gained since the EVX (battery-powered haul truck) was showcased at MINExpo 2021, while also learning more about progress toward zero-emissions goals. Alliance members at the event had the opportunity to directly…

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Rio Tinto Kennecott goes circular

Rio Tinto Kennecott in Salt Lake City, Utah, has joined Terelion’s Circularity Program, marking a significant milestone in delivering on the industry’s ambitious goal of a more sustainable future. Through Terelion’s Circularity Program, it is now possible to recycle all cemented carbide inserts on a drill bit back to virgin material – pure tungsten – which can then be used…

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Industry’s first ‘opt-out’ carbide recycling unveiled by Sandvik

Sandvik has introduced a way operators can be part of the tungsten reuse cycle: via its new opt-out carbide recycling initiative. The recently announced program is designed for customers of carbide drill tips, the key component of which is tungsten. The mineral is expected to run out in the next 40-100 years assuming current consumption rates.  “Making tools from recycled…

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Normet acquires companies, invests in third 

Normet is already having a busy 2023, acquiring Finland boom system manufacturer Rambooms and hydraulic attachments supplier Marakon and also grabbing up a minority holding in startup Lekatech. Rambooms Marakon, both active in the mining, crusher and construction sectors, make up the Marakon Group. No financial details of the transaction were released. Normet president and CEO said both new addition…

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Komatsu, Cummins to collaborate on zero emissions 

The long-time partners are working to accelerate sustainable solutions  for global customers. Komatsu and Cummins have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of zero-emissions haulage equipment. Building on a legacy of diesel engine partnership across a wide variety of mining and construction equipment, Cummins and Komatsu will initially focus on zero emissions power technologies including hydrogen…

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