Queensland's minerals on offer to the world

Queenslands minerals on offer to the world

Queensland’s state government has invited mining companies and explorers from around the world to throw their hats into the ring and compete for rights to explore Queensland’s mineral province in the state’s north west.

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How diamonds make the journey from underground

How diamonds make the journey from underground

No one can deny the beauty and enduring appeal of a gleaming diamond, even the team here at National Plant & Equipment. We're always on the look-out for interesting mining facts, and this infographic on how diamonds are mined immediately caught our eye, so we wanted to share it with our readers.

Diamond mining

How to rent earth moving equipment

How to rent earth moving equipment

So you've made the wise decision to rent, rather than buy, earth moving machinery for your next project. But if you're relatively new to the construction or earth moving equipment rental process, you may be unsure where to start. That's where we can help.

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Could Australia soon be mining in space?

Could Australia soon be mining in space?

For centuries, humans have dreamed of space exploration, and in the last century we have taken huge steps towards exploring more of the universe. One of the emerging possibilities of our presence in space is mining. Some elements that are rare on Earth can be found in abundance in space, making the idea of mining asteroids, and even the moon, attractive.

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Coloured diamonds are now everyone's best friend

Coloured diamonds are now everyone's best friend

Fashion can be extremely fickle. At one moment, everyone wants rustic, minimalist jewellery, and the next, they may seem to desire intricate, gem-filled pieces. Now, the latest trend is for coloured diamonds - and it's not just fashion lovers that are seeking them out.

Coloured diamonds

Featured Equipment: Komatsu PC4000 excavator

Featured Equipment: Komatsu PC4000 excavator

Our featured equipment this month is the Komatsu PC4000 excavator. As far as Komatsu excavators go, the Super Shovel has it all. Komatsu mining excavators are known for their superior quality, robust structure, and efficient mechanisms. The Komatsu PC4000 has all of these things and much more; with a large, comfortable cab, advanced hydraulics, and a powerful diesel engine, the Komatsu excavator is a Super Shovel that you can’t look past if you’re looking for an excavator for sale.

Komatsu PC4000 excavator

Options for creating a fleet

Options for creating a fleet

One question we always get asked, whether in a roundabout or straightforward way, is "how can I get more for less?" When it comes to earthmoving equipment and mining equipment, we love hearing this question because there are a few straightforward solutions that we can provide.

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Countdown: our top 10 articles for 2015

Countdown: our top 10 articles for 2015

So long 2015. Now that 2016 is in full swing, 2015 is so last year. At National Plant & Equipment, we have a forward-looking culture. Yet, we try to honour and remember the important lessons that we've learnt over time. 2015 was a stellar year for earthmoving equipment in Australia, and National Plant & Equipment consistently reported on the most relevant and important news for our valued clients.

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The world's northernmost and southernmost mines (Part Two)

The world's northernmost and southernmost mines (Part Two)

In our last blog post, we covered the world’s northernmost mines. Now, in part two of the series, we travel to the other end of the world and look at the southernmost mines on the planet, including the Australian mining industry.

The world's southernmost mines

The world's northernmost and southernmost mines (Part One)

The world's northernmost and southernmost mines (Part One)

Mines operate in harsh conditions when they are located in the extremities of Earth. In part one of this two-part series, we offer some insights into the world’s northernmost mines, where it's dark for months on end in the winter.

The world’s northernmost mines