Industry Thoughts:

OEMs Have Their Say

“Canada is one of the most innovative locations given we can test new products in a market that is continuously developing. We currently have many automation efforts for underground mining, such as remote working and rapid mine development solutions. Our vision for the future is ‘Dare to Think New’. We have made several acquisitions in Canada over the past year including FVT Research, a specialist in mining vehicle battery conversions; Meglab, a mining electrification solutions provider; MineRP, a leading productivity provider; and the remaining shares in Mobilaris MCE which provides situational awareness software.”

Charlie Ekberg, General Manager, Epiroc Canada

“Canada is ground zero for electric equipment and it is growing incredibly quickly. Demand across the country is increasing, both in brownfield expansion and greenfield operations, encompassing feasibility studies. Ontario has led with Kirkland Lake Gold when it comes to incorporating this technology within the mining process, and they continue to set an example for mines around the world.”

Peter Corcoran, Vice President, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, Canada

“Diesel engines in underground mining pose a health risk as emissions are harmful and there are issues with the generation of heat and noise coming from these engines. The electrification trend is therefore not only in consideration of the environment, but also health.”

Ed Santamaria, President and CEO, Normet Group

“eScrap is one of the fastest growing waste streams worldwide and it is becoming increasingly complex to manage this waste. There is a great need for safe and environmentally friendly recycling. By turning waste into valuable metals, our solutions help take advantage of exciting new opportunities being created now for the circular economy of the future.“

Giuseppe Campanelli, President of North and Central America, Metso Outotec

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