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JAN-FEB 2017

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94 | ASIA Miner | Volume 14 • Issue 1 | 2017 Supplier News THE Manitou Group has opened the Manitou Centre Malaysia to better serve local customers and develop its activities in the zone. It is the first Manitou Centre in Asia and the group decided to operate in Malaysia, where the market already has telescopics. The Manitou Centre Malaysia sells and rents the group's products, including Manitou, Gehl and Mustang machines, but also provides services such as spare parts, guarantee extensions, financing and full service contracts. This entity also makes a fleet of telescopic trucks available for rental. This new concept enables Manitou to be present in certain zones with the assurance of supplying customers with high-quality equip- ment, and all the services correspond to the standards defined by the Manitou group. The initiative also enables the group to be engaged with what is happening on the ground and to benefit from this expe- rience to continuously improve products and services offered by the brands, with the customer at the focus of decisions. Manitou Centre Malaysia is initially targeting the construction, rental and oil markets, with possible developments in other sectors. Malaysia is a large exporter of palm oil, a sector in which materials handling is essential, and Manitou is already referenced in this sector This country represents the second-largest fleet of Manitou tele- scopic trucks in Asia, a fleet requiring a commercial presence and increased provision of on-site services. The team in place since January 1, 2016 includes an operations manager, sales executive, three technicians and support functions, all managed by the Manitou Asia subsidiary. Operation manager Julien Poupart said, "The opening of this Man- itou Centre is very important for the development of services and solutions offers to our customers. We want to provide them with a service adapted to their requirements. In particular, we have a rental fleet of new telescopic trucks to enable customers to develop their activities with latest-generation equipment." A PARTNERSHIP between German-based thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and Australia's National Ports aims to make the operation of bulk carriers and materials handling equipment more efficient in shallow water ports. The cooperation is aimed at further developing a new technology, the super shallow draft bulk carrier. The self-propelled vessel will open shallow draft ports to greater tonnages with no dredging and limited capital expenditure. It will offer mining operators efficiency improvements, including faster ma- terials handling at lower cost and reduced environmental risk. National Ports' managing director Marco Lucido said, "Our solu- tion will open up access to shallow loading and destination ports, including those affected by large tides. The system will significantly increase cargo throughput for existing mining companies with limit- ed draft, thus helping make mining companies more economically viable." The majority of global import and export ports for bulk material are geographically remote and not sufficiently dredged to handle mod- ern bulk carriers. Such bulk carriers with deadweight of 180,000 tons usually require a draft of around 19 metres including under keel clearance. Most ports have a draft of 14 metres or less. Dredging is very expensive and costs increase exponentially when dredging of hard materials is required, not forgetting negative impacts on the marine environment. With the super shallow draft bulk carrier, thyssenkrupp and Na- tional Ports offer mining companies and port operators a fast and efficient bulk material handling solution for shallow ports. With up to 185,000 tons deadweight capacity on a 14 metre draft, the new system will be able to transit ports with limited water depth. It will be capable of self-unloading its cargo at a rate of up to 10,000 tons per hour into bulk carriers of any size, including the Valemax with a 400,000 deadweight ton capacity, or directly at the destination port in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. The bulk carrier can be loaded from any ocean-going vessel or directly from the land side via shore conveyors, limiting capital ex- penditure for new port infrastructure. Mine and port operators can charter the system on a per ton basis. The new bulk carrier is technically based on a conventional bulk carrier, supplemented by sponsons, which are attached to both sides of the carrier and provide additional flotation, enabling the ship to operate fully loaded in shallow waters. Manitou opens centre in Malaysia The super shallow draft bulk carrier can be loaded directly from the land via shore conveyors, thus limiting capital expenditure for new port infrastructure. Super bulk carrier for shallow ports

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