The Asia Miner

JAN-FEB 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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VDMA 43 2018 • VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT SOME THINK LONG-DISTANCE TRANSPORT IS INFRASTRUCTURE- INTENSIVE. WE THINK DIFFERENT. Transporting materials from remote locations has traditionally required signifi cant infrastructure invest- ments in road or rail links, vehicles, personnel and fuel. BEUMER off ers an economical, effi cient and environmental alternative – long-distance overland conveying. This gives you a dedicated, around-the-clock transport link at the fraction of the cost of infrastructure development. The reduced noise and air pollution minimises environmental impact and improves personnel safety. Add to that a high degree of design fl exi bility and customisation and you can see why overland conveying makes a big diff erence to operational effi ciency and environmental protection. For more information, visit www.beumergroup.com According to Schulte Strathaus, the decrease in domestic business to EUR 110 million is a byproduct of the general uncertainty in the German raw material sector which includes the closing of the last two hard coal mines. Brown coal (lignite) mines are also facing an uncertain future. Policymak- ers are demanding a quick withdrawal from coal-based electricity and that places a burden on the power generation sector. "Germany energy policy is fragmented, unpredictable and, from an energy-economy perspective, not always comprehensible," Schulte Strathaus said. "Although there is no ready substitute at hand, the energy supply safeguarded by brown coal is being undermined." German experts have long warned about the incalculable risks for network stability and power supply, so the sector hopes to maintain its domestic turnover in 2018 and 2019. For the medium and long term, however, the overall downward trend for mining in Germany is expected to continue. European countries account for much of the VDMA Mining exports. In 2017, approximately 28% of exports went to European countries, which is 7% more than the year before. In particular, conveyor technology, safety sys- tems and accessories were popular exports. Tunneling is also an important mining-related industry for Europe. Tunneling turnover is expected to remain the same or even grow in 2018. The mines throughout the Americas are investing in operations again. The U.S. alone accounted for about 15% of VDMA Mining exports in 2017. This represented an increase of 5% compared to the previous year. Mining technology carrying the Made in Germany label remains popular in the Near East and the Far East as well. Both regions are now focusing on creating large high-performance mining installations, while closing small, unsafe and inefficient mines. This higher level of mechanization requires new equipment and better technology. Smart Mining When asked, most people would likely associate the digital revolution for industry with aerospace or manufacturing, not necessarily with underground mining. Surprisingly, this edition of Best of German reveals that underground mining is one of the hot bed areas that could benefit most from it and several groups are making that a reality, especially when it comes to longwall mining. Many surface and underground mining systems already had some level of autonomy. The next stage under development involves communication and cross-linking of machines and systems with each other throughout the entire operation. Mining in a connected environment means using new technol- ogies for connecting and communicating with sensors, machines, systems and people. Autonomy and digitalization may be the two terms that are used to describe the future of mining. Digitalization tools can be integrated into all aspects of mining, from exploration to engineering and design simulation to advanced process controls. The mining industry will see a paradigm shift as strategic and real-time planning and scheduling are aligned, while remote mining oper- ations are controlled by decision-support systems based on key performance indicators. Use of these techniques means that operators can step away from active control tasks in a hazardous environment and concentrate on monitoring and control functions from the safety and comfort of a control room. All of this should lower the mine's cost per ton and give the mining company the flexibil- ity to respond to changes in geology as well as demand. The proud members of VDMA are ready to assist mine operators as they develop and install these Smart Mining systems. Glückauf!

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