Suppliers News - July-August 2017


CPSA Launches CoalProTec

The Coal Preparation Society of America (CPSA) plans to host its first conference, Coal Processing Technology (CoalProTec), during April 23-25, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. The association has taken the action to fill a continuing education void created by Penton, when it decided to discontinue Coal Prep. For those involved in coal processing, 2017 was the first year in more than 30 years without a Coal Preparation Conference & Exhibition, more widely known as the Coal Prep show. Penton canceled the 2017 event, compounding the negative impact of the unwise decision to move the event to Louisville from Lexington in 2016.

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Strata Acquires Precision Mine Repair Assets

Strata Mine Services has acquired Precision Mine Repair Inc. (PMR) of Ridgway, Illinois. Established in 1995, PMR became a market leader in underground ventilation control structures and mining construction services. Included in the acquisition is an EVG 3D EPS panel machine, which is used to fabricate the 3-D panels of the patented PMR ventilation seals and overcasts.

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GE Modernizes Turkish Power Plants

As part of its Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (CoE) capabilities, GE’s Power Services business will provide its Fleet360 total plant solutions to modernize two Turkish lignite-fired coal power plants for Yeniköy Kemerköy Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret. The upgrade of the two facilities will help increase total capacity by 197.5 megawatts (MW), while also significantly decreasing plant emissions. The upgrades will also improve plant efficiency from 34% to up to 40%.

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TMT Software Saves Time and More Accurately Tracks Labor Costs

When Summit Materials found itself faced with an “asset maintenance challenge,” it turned to TMW Systems for a solution. Operating from 57 maintenance facilities across North America, the aggregate producer implemented the TMT Fleet Maintenance management solution to centralize and streamline in-house maintenance and repair operations. For the past year, the company also has used the TMT mobility app, Mobile Mechanic Workstation, at 35 of those locations to enable real-time management of remote service activity.

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Suppliers News - June 2017

Intertractor Opens Wyoming Service Center

Intertractor America Corp. opened a new 6,000-ft2 service center in Gillette, Wyoming, which will provide a centralized location for regional miners in need of undercarriage service for excavators, dozers and other tracked machines.

As a supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket undercarriage components, Intertractor America said its experienced staff can repair Cat and Komatsu products, in addition to its own ITM brand. Undercarriage condition can be appraised using ITM’s web-based Track Advise ultrasonic measuring system, which generates reports derived from inspection measurements, visual observations and photographs.

“The new facility will allow us to provide faster turnaround times for service,” said Tim Hansen, general manager for Intertractor America. “Additionally, our knowledge of parts that cross between brands allows us to provide more cost-effective solutions to our customers. We also consider the varying wear characteristics at different mining sites and regions across the country, and can make recommendations based on abrasion, grade and other expected surface conditions.”

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Suppliers News - May 2017

Wisconsin Welcomes Komatsu Mining

Recently, executives from Japan’s Komatsu Ltd., Milwaukee’s mayor and Wisconsin’s governor formally cut the ribbon in a ceremony that launched the subsidiary Komatsu Mining Corp.

The subsidiary is comprised primarily of former U.S.-based mining machinery and solutions company Joy Global. Komatsu Ltd. acquired Joy Global on April 5 for $3.7 billion. Komatsu Mining Corp. is headquartered in Milwaukee.

Executives said they were satisfied with the acquisition.

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 FAMUR Takes Over Kopex Group

FAMUR S.A. offered to purchase the 65.8% of Kopex S.A. it did not already own for PLN 204 million ($53 million). The Kopex acquisition is a breakthrough in the development of the FAMUR Group, the company said. The transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, will create one strong supplier of underground coal mining equipment in Poland that can also compete with others abroad.

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EFD Announces 100% Growth in Testing, Technical Services Business

Eriez Flotation Division (EFD) announced its technical services business has doubled since 2015. Eriez maintains an assortment of bench and pilot-scale equipment for both laboratory and in-field evaluations. EFD conducts on-site testing for clients at its 15,000-ft2 Central Test Lab (CTL) which is located within the Eriez Wager Road plant in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Joy Global will be Renamed Komatsu Mining, Headquarters to Remain in Milwaukee

Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions. Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisc., Joy Global will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp. and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu. The company said it will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy and Montabert product brands.

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Joy reports mixed Q1 numbers, outlook

Joy Global’s first quarter numbers were mixed, with increases in bookings but a decline in sales. The company valued its first quarter 2017 service bookings at $524 million, up 21% over the same period last year. The company reported total bookings of $615 million, an increase of 12%. Net sales fell $498 million, or 5%.

Bookings for underground mining machinery increased 14% over the same period last year. Original equipment orders decreased 28%. Net sales for underground mining machinery decreased 8%. Bookings for surface mining equipment increased 12%. Original equipment orders increased 19%. Net sales for surface mining equipment decreased 4%.
Operating loss for the first quarter totaled $2 million, compared to $45 million in the same period last year.

CEO Ted Doheny said he does not expect the trend in increased production levels to continue. “The mining industry remains cautious with overall capital expenditures still projected to decline in 2017,” he said. “While there is evidence the deferred maintenance cycle on installed equipment is coming to an end, investment in new capacity remains slow. Only projects that deliver a step change in productivity are proceeding.”

Doheny said he expects the Komatsu merger to close at the latest by mid-2017. The merger is subject to, among other things, stockholder approval and the resolution of any waiting period.

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