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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Epiroc, Orica mark milestone wireless blast

Epiroc and Orica, in partnership with Agnico Eagle, have successfully commenced live blasting with Avatel – the world’s first semi-automated wireless underground development charging solution at Agnico Eagle Mines’ Kittilä mine in Finland.  The milestone brings to life an industry-driven concept to dramatically improve safety at the face during the charging cycle, which is one of the highest risk activities…

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Komatsu goes underground with GHH acquisition

Komatsu has entered into an agreement to acquire German manufacturer GHH Group, which it said will expand its underground mining equipment offerings.  Founded in the 1960s and currently part of the Schmidt Kranz Group, GHH offers a wide range of equipment focused on loaders and articulated dump trucks in the mid-seam mass mining, narrow vein and low-profile market segments. The…

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Mining companies are increasingly looking to electrification to reduce carbon emissions. In underground mining, this switch offers several other additional benefits. But making the change at existing operations is not without its challenges.  By Jonathan Rowland  Electrification is nothing new in underground mining. Benefits include an improved work environment, with lower air emissions, heat, and noise, and thus reduced costs…

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Round Mountain going down 

Kinross revealed during its third-quarter earnings report that it has completed the optimization program for its Round Mountain operation in Nevada and has decided to extract using underground methods instead of advancing an expansion plan for its open-pit workings. The optimization program evaluated four primary options: a Phase S open-pit pushback, Phase W3 open-pit pushback, Phase X underground, and Gold…

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Michelin rolls out new mining, quarry tire

Michelin North America has released an improved version of one of its most popular mining tires with the new X Mine D2 Extra Load L5 *** 35/65R33 for underground mining and quarry applications. The company said the new release has been designed to hold up to the most aggressive mining environments and has the capacity to carry heavier loads, now…

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Bens Creek eyeing second highwall miner

Met coal producer Bens Creek spotlighted a significant growth decision on its most recent operational update as it continues an upward trend of production in West Virginia: a second highwall miner for its complex. The company confirmed it is expecting the imminent receipt of a permit from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection for the machine, which will be supplied…

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Fletcher acquires Cannon

West Virginia-headquartered equipment producer J.H. Fletcher has signed an agreement to acquire the Cannon Mining division from Trident Maritime Systems Heavy Equipment Group. The transaction, confirmed June 10, will boost Fletcher’s capabilities to support its expanding domestic and international customer base. No financial details have been released. The Cannon equipment portfolio will remain intact and operate under the new name…

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Wright-Mix Material acquires Pyro-Chem

Wright Concrete’s blending and bagging group Wright-Mix Material has executed an acquisition of Ohio-based underground mining fire-retardant ventilation sealant company Pyro-Chem. No financial details were released, but the company said the transaction of the company and its line of MSHA-approved products was completed on August 18. Wright-Mix current serves a number of industries in America with production, blending and bagging…

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