In 2014 Australian coal miners faced massive job cuts as many operations were downsized or shut down completely. Still many coal producers are looking for ways to compensate for the continued decline in coal prices, which has been caused by a reduced import demand and an oversupply of coal in the international market.
When you read the paper, watch TV or catch up with mates, you might think that the public perception of mining is mostly negative. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the CSIRO has found that most Aussies view mining as a central and significant contributor to the nation’s economy and prosperity.
Australia is the largest producer of opal, accounting for 95% of the world’s supply of precious opal. Used primarily in jewellery and ornaments, opals are magnificently coloured and highly valued for their beauty. With both abundance and beauty, it’s no wonder why opal is our national gemstone.
Tradies and small business owners appear to be the biggest winners as many flock to the shops to take advantage of the generous tax write-offs announced as part of the 2015 Federal Budget. Sales are already soaring as operators buy up big to replace old or damaged plant and equipment, computers, work vehicles, tools and more.
For open cut mining applications there’s no harder worker than the dump truck, and none more suited to Australian conditions than the ultra-class dump truck, the Komatsu 830E-1AC.
It takes a special heavy duty machine to replace tyres that stand twice, even three times the size of you. Keeping mining and earthmoving machinery moving is crucial to an operation’s success. Thankfully there are specially-designed tyre handlers that do all the heavy lifting for you, literally.
Australia is among the largest producers of silver, lead and zinc in the world. With our vast deposits in locations across the country, Australia is at the forefront of technological development in mining and processing of these minerals. So, what how does the future look as our mining boom declines?
Excavators are among the most commonly used machines in construction and Komatsu excavators are considered the finest machines on the market. For our latest feature, we take you on a walk-around of the Komatsu PC2000-8, one of the most powerful yet fuel efficient excavators on the market. With an engine output of 713kW (956HP), a 15.7yd3 backhoe bucket and a towering height of 7.1m, this is an incredible machine to see in action.
Water trucks are a vital part of mining and construction operations. Dust control, compaction, even fire prevention are among the uses of these powerful machines. Water trucks are different from regular trucks in that they have special tank specifications, custom chassis design and mounting apparatuses, and associated pumping equipment.
Among the headlining acts at the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show will be a new heavy duty truck by Caterpillar Trucks. Raising the bar on their CT630 truck models, the new CAT CT630HD sees its gross combination mass (GCM) rating lifted from 90 tonne to 130 tonnes. This significant increase in GCM comes as operators express strong demand for roadtrain triples, according to CAT.