In a literal and figurative sense, January sees strong pointers to digging deep into strengthening productivity and profits for Mining in 2017…

1. Newest Drill Could Boost Productivity and Lower Cost

Atlas Copco SmartROC CL

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Recently, Atlas Copco released the SmartROC CL, which might just be the most efficient surface drill out on the market today. With this, Australian mining companies can boost productivity and at the same time lower cost. Successfully tested in extremely rugged conditions in Finland, it’s sure to be a winner here too—even in the toughest local working environments. Discover more about this powerful machine by visiting

2. Expect New Opportunities as Remsafe Inks Partnership with FLSmidth

It looks like Australia’s Remsafe is starting the new year right. Recent reports reveal that it inked a promising collaboration with Denmark-headquartered mining equipment manufacturer, FLSmidth. Part of this agreement is FLSmidth’s promotion of Remsafe’s remote isolation systems to its Australian customers while becoming the preferred installer of these systems outside Western Australia. Find out more about this strategic partnership by heading over to

3. iSeekplant’s Witty Video Will Make you Take a Serious Look at Mining Industries

A little creativity never hurt anyone. Or at least this is what online plant hire equipment database, iSeekplant, believed when they released a raw and witty video that takes a dig at the mining and construction industries in Australia. In their three-minute marketing campaign film, which premiered in Queensland during the Real Short Film Festival, they featured the frustrations of not being able to get the right machines for infrastructure projects. Go watch their “tongue-in-cheek” video here:

4. Hitachi Closes $284.2M Acquisition of H-E Parts

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co Ltd is taking innovative steps to boost their services across the globe. And this time, they’re doing it with a little help from an Australian solutions provider. The Japanese heavy machinery manufacturer has been reported to have acquired H-E Parts International LLC and H-E Parts Australian Holdings LLC (H-E Parts), a manufacturer of mining and construction equipment in Australia and other markets, for $284.2 million. Learn more about this strategic move from Hitachi at

5. DMP Found Effective in Regulating Safety for WA’s Mining Sector

The results are in for the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s assessment and it turned out to be good news for everyone, particularly to industry followers. The independent research made by Deloitte Consulting suggests that DMP has been helpful in improving the safety performance in Western Australia’s mining sector, and it seems to be more cost-effective compared to other safety jurisdictions in the state. Read the complete details of this interesting report at

6. Caterpillar Digs Deeper Into Autonomous Technology

While other mining and construction giants are bringing their “A-game” to deliver the best products and services, Caterpillar proved that they won’t be left behind. The leading U.S mining equipment manufacturer recently launched a new project that aims to expand their range of autonomous mining truck technologies. According to Caterpillar, this initiative was driven by the goal of mining companies to reduce operational costs. Check out the full story at

7. OPS Becomes Terex Trucks’ Articulated Haulers’ Official Dealer in Australia

Mining and construction enthusiasts in Australia can finally get their hands on the articulated haulers of Terex Trucks minus the hassle. This, after UK-based dump truck manufacturer, Terex Trucks, appointed OPS Equipment as their official dealer in the country’s South, West, and Northern territories. Due to this move, Jandakot-headquartered OPS is set to supply articulated haulers as well as deliver an extensive aftermarket care support. Get all the details of this collaboration when you head over to

8. Queensland Government Invests 2.7 Million Dollars to Boost METS Sector

The Queensland Government recently announced plans to invest AUD 2.7 million in the state’s mining equipment, technology, and services (METS) sector. This is good news, especially for Queensland residents, since the initiative offers huge potential for further domestic growth, and finding new ways to take innovative ideas to market plays a key role in ensuring the state’s METS sector remains sustainable and competitive for years to come. Find out more about the government’s action plan by visiting

9. AIMEX 2017 to Help Attendees with Operational Efficiencies and Cost-saving Strategies

The Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX)—one of the premier mining exhibitions in the world—is offering a noteworthy list of reasons why it shouldn’t be missed. To be held at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia on August 29-31, it would allow attendees to network with mining industry leaders—offering genuine opportunities to expand their business. Plus, they could also become acquainted with operational efficiencies and cost-saving strategies. More great reasons to visit this 3-day premier mining event can be found at

10. TAKRAF Says Hello to a Sizeable Acquisition

It seems that nothing can stop TAKRAF from growing their business further. Just recently, the global mining and bulk material handling equipment supplier announced that they acquired the assets of FMC Technologies’ Material Handling Systems—an engineering solutions provider that operates in Australia, Canada, India, and other parts of the globe. According to full reports, the business unit is going to be integrated into TAKRAF’s USA operations. Find out more about this business deal at

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