thyssenkrupp and Siemens Extend Collaboration

Citing “pressures still facing the mining industry to reduce operating costs and enhance productivity,” thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and Siemens have decided to extend their collaboration in the mining sector for another five years.

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Sandvik Unifies Mining & Construction Business Groups

Sandvik announced in mid-March that it plans to merge its Mining and Construction operations into one business area to be known as Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Sandvik’s mining product portfolio includes rock drilling, rock cutting, rock crushing, loading and hauling, and materials handling equipment.

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Boart Longyear’s Newest Jackleg Tops On-the-job Drill Comparison Test

By Jared Kessen

While many underground mines are looking to avoid handheld rock drills for the safety of the miners, there are still many mines in North America, for example, where jackleg drilling is a must. For these narrow-vein mines, located primarily in eastern Canada and throughout Mexico, cabbed jumbos, bolters and long-hole rigs are not feasible due to cost and size restraints, and these operations depend on handheld rock drills—a technology that has changed relatively little in more than 70 years.

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BKT Aims to Change the Game in Giant OTR Tire Market

After past years of increasingly severe supply and demand problems, culminating in 2012’s mind-boggling price and availability gyrations, the giant OTR tire market has settled down and today offers mine operators a stable platform for meeting their surface and underground tire needs. In fact, at last year’s OTR Tire conference sponsored by the U.S. Tire Industry Association, every member of an OTR tire manufacturers’ panel responded—almost in unison—with “No!” when presented with the question “Do you foresee shortages in any specific size or type of tire during the next year?”

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