INDIA 2016

Best of Germany 2014 - Mining Equipment and Mining Technology

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2016 • VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT VDMA 17 levels have been avoided, with the number of employees falling by only about 600 to 13,700 over the past 12 months. Short-time work is only a limited answer to multiple changes in market conditions, said Schulte Strathaus. New Areas of Business in Sight Mining machinery manufacturers hold a positive outlook on the future. An increasing number of companies are registering a rise in custom- er inquiries. Some sectors that served coal primarily have diversified into other areas of business, such as hard-rock mining. They assume that demand for other raw materials such as those used for the global expansion in alternative energy and power will increase and those ma- terials also have to be mined. VDMA Mining members also see the need for the mining operations and mills to reduce costs as a further cause for optimism, since this can only be achieved by increasing efficiency. "And that is where our expe- rience in machinery engineering and plant design come into play," said Schulte Strathaus. A global trend toward increasing safety also benefits German manufacturers. He also believes that the next construction in- dustry trade fair (bauma 2016), which be held April 11-16 in Munich, may well "provide a certain boost." Competence Centres Help Schulte Strathaus particularly welcomed the establishment of four com- petence centres for mining and raw materials by the Federal Ministry of Economics. Their goal was to promote the government's renewable resources policies on-site in Canada, Chile, South Africa and Australia. Two further centres are planned in Brazil and Peru. Manufacturers are cooperating closely with these institutions. "This also allows us to pro- vide German engineering expertise to new regions," Schulte Strathaus. To maintain their leading position, particularly in the underground min- ing sector, manufacturers have been involved with Industry 4.0, "for much longer than the term even exists," as Schulte Strathaus remarked. The in- dustry presented the first machinery to mine coal or other material entirely independently and autonomously in early 2010, and in global comparison is "certainly at the forefront" of modernizing its own production facilities. Technology Serving the Mines What follows in the Best of Germany 2016 are examples of what VDMA Mining members are doing to improve mining and mineral pro- cessing operations worldwide. Some of the concepts are forward think- ing and thought provoking, such as convincing miners to move away from trucks and toward in-pit crushing and conveying systems. Others are practical solutions for known problems such as a new mine rescue vehicle hauling rescue teams to the scene rather than making them hike the distance. What sets this group apart from others is their commitment to the mining business. During soft times, many suppliers in other parts of the world, especially those that are publicly held, had to table projects and shed positions to meet quarterly numbers for their stockholders. These companies, the members of VDMA Mining, are managing through the cycle and already preparing for the recovery. When it's time to invest and expand, the mines will find that they have retained the expertise to hit the ground running. Maximum Output in Minimum Period of Time Key components from Voith are engi- neered for optimum performance and ensure smooth processes for conveying and material handling underground and above ground. Our portfolio includes: • Voith TurboBelt TT Linear Booster Drive • Voith TurboBelt Fluid Couplings and Drive Solutions • Voith TurboBelt Hese Pulleys and other Conveyor Components • Voith TurboHoist Hopper Discharger • Voith TurboHoist Shaft Hoisting Systems • Engineering material-handling@voith.com www.voith.com /material-handling Tel. +49 208 620 161 0

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