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Germany 2019

Best of Germany 2014 - Mining Equipment and Mining Technology

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VDMA 5 2019 • VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT Mined raw materials travel along extensive transport routes. Overland and pipe conveyors are an energy effi cient, reliable and environmentally friendly way of transporting the commodities over long distances to the plant or storage area. We customise the curved belt conveyors to overcome any challenging topographical circumstances. This minimises the transfer points and the number of systems and reduces investment, operational and maintenance costs. For more information visit www.beumergroup.com SOME THINK RAW MATERIAL TRANSPORT REQUIRES A COMPLEX INFRA- STRUCTURE. WE THINK DIFFERENT. Visit us! bauma, Munich, Germany April 08 – 14, 2019 Hall B2, stand 413 manufacturers in particular. The industry is expecting a further moderate increase in exports to the USA in the coming year. German mining equipment manufacturers are also enjoying healthy business with China, with the export share to the country expected to increase from 7% to almost 10% this year. According to Schulte Strathaus, policymakers in China have realized that establishing high-performance mines can only be realized to a limited extent when only domestic technology is used. German manufacturers provide technologies that are either unavailable in China or only available to a very limited degree. However, China is making considerable efforts to close existing technology gaps. "We still have an edge when it comes to extraction tech- nology, especially in underground mining," Schulte Strathaus said. "However, we do not know how long we will be able to main- tain our lead, or perhaps expand it." The industry expects that its exports to the People's Republic of China will increase further over the coming year. The future for German mining equipment manufacturers lies outside its domestic borders, Schulte Strathaus emphasized. With the support of VDMA, the sector began increasing its activi- ties abroad at an early stage. New markets were the subject of in- tense exploration and development, and it is therefore no surprise that the sector has an optimistic view of the future. The demand for raw materials will continue to increase. Schulte Strathaus pointed to an assessment by the OECD that found the demand for raw materials will nearly double by 2060. This will have a positive and sustained impact on business. Increased demand is primarily expected by companies that extract raw materials to be used in the production of alternative energy generation. Roadmap Aims to Support Companies German mining equipment manufacturers will increasingly have to deal with demands that society places on raw materials ex- traction and thus the mine operators as customers of the equip- ment manufacturers. The world is becoming a more transparent place and the market no longer accepts raw materials from questionable sources. Similarly, society continues to embrace technology, not only in its handheld devices, but in homes, of- fices and autos. The rush for the metals that will support this greener lifestyle has already started with the search for specialty metals and battery minerals, such as lithium, cobalt, graphite and other rare earth minerals. For the mining sector, the digital revolution has arrived. What began in the processing plants has now moved into the pits and underground. Today, mines employ large fleets of au- tonomous vehicles. This edition of Best of Germany reveals many other ways the mine operators can leverage data to improve op- erations. Mining in the connected environment of the future will require increased digitalization. Already, digitalization has in- fluenced many aspects of mining from exploration to engineering and design simulation to advanced process controls. Schulte Strathaus summarized the situation with several keywords: sustainability, green mining, and safe and healthy working conditions. Together with VDMA, a roadmap is currently in development, which is intended to support companies in iden- tifying new challenges and reacting to them in line with market requirements and thus successfully. The task is to now filter the decisive parameters from the vast amounts of machine data col- lected and make it usable for controlling the machines and, ul- timately, the entire process. "This is exactly where our strengths lie," Schulte Strathaus said.

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