COMPANY & PRODUCT – NH6000 an award finalist

Allight’s NIGHTSHIFTER Hydraulic 6000 mobile lighting tower is a finalist in the Australian International Design Awards (AIDA).
Each year the AIDA, a division of Standards Australia, rewards the nation’s most innovative designs across a range of manufactured products, from consumer goods, to housing and building, to heavy machinery.
Competing in the heavy machinery category, Allight’s NIGHTSHIFTER Hydraulic 6000 (NH6000) is a new concept in mobile lighting solutions.
To be deemed worthy of a spot in the finals, each entry must demonstrate innovation, visual/emotional appeal, functionality, quality and manufacture, human factors (ergonomics, semantics and safety) and environmental sustainability.
Allight’s director of sales and marketing Paul Sowerby says, “We’re thrilled to have our newest lighting innovation shortlisted as a finalist alongside Australia’s best designs.
“The mobile lighting tower is versatile and highly functional in its design, and is environmentally sound, thanks to its efficient diesel engine and compact footprint.
“Its unique set of operational features provides a crossover between mining and civil applications, making it ideal for temporary lighting needs and situations where the light position needs to change regularly – whether it’s illuminating a mine site, road works or a rock concert.”
Designed with easy transportation in mind, the lighting tower is compact, lightweight, shock resistant, and features a retractable drawbar, forklift pockets and lifting points. “The unit’s modular design and space-saving properties ensure more efficient transportation – in fact, eight units fit perfectly in a 40-foot cargo container.
“One of its most notable features is the unique mast design, with an internalized hydraulic cylinder – this set-up protects the hydraulics, boosts the mast’s strength and durability, and extends its reach.”
Paul Sowerby describes the NH6000’s usability as effortless and user-friendly. “We put a lot of emphasis on the needs of the end user during the design process, and that’s reflected in the tower’s hydraulic operation, integrated control panel and its technical components.”
The NH600’s Perkins diesel engine meets or exceeds the latest European and US emissions legislation.
Since its Australian launch in October 2008, the NH6000 has been adopted by leading companies including BHP Billiton, Baulderstone, Omega Construction, rental companies such as Coates, and local councils. “Its largest market, however, is international – it’s another leading Australian design making its mark on a global scale,” says Paul Sowerby.
Design award winners will be announced on Friday, June 4. or

COMPANY & PRODUCT – Techking tyres approved

Techking has obtained positive results from trials of its L5S tyres in tough mining conditions by Atlas Copco.
The trials of two sizes of L5S tyres have resulted in Atlas Copco approving both.
The Techking 12.00R24 ETSM was trialed on Atlas Copco ST2D while the 17.5R25 ETSM was trialed on Atlas Copco ST3.5.
The Techking radial slim OTR tyres can achieve about 4 times serving hours, comparing to local bias OTR suppliers in China. As an example, the average serving time of 17.5R25 ETSM surpassed a world radial OTR brand in the Longqiao mine.
Techking started field testing with Atlas Copco in March 2009 at three different mining sites in China. The sites provide a real challenge because they present some of the toughest underground mining conditions in China.
In Australia, Techking OTR tyres have also been tested with Atlas Copco in two local mines from September, 2008.
Techking is a professional tyre solution provider. Utilizing its engineering resources, Techking develops different tyre categories such as radial OTR, bias OTR, truck tires and passenger car tires for the worldwide market.
Techking also invests many resources on tyre management and tyre services, aiming to provide long term and sustainable solutions for its customers.

CONFERENCES – Mines and Money Beijing

China is playing a major role in setting directions for the global mining industry and Mines and Money Beijing in June will be an important forum for the mining industry to keep pace with developments in China.
The next in the Mines and Money series of global events will take place at the China World Hotel in Beijing’s central business district on June 8 and 9, and will incorporate a large exhibition.
It will bring together some of the most influential decision-makers within international mining companies, the investment community and professional services. It will give participants the chance to interact with senior investors, bankers and analysts; to hear key experts discuss the critical issues shaping the industry’s future; and to network with CEOs, COOs, geologists, exploration managers and engineers.
The two-day conference will cover a broad range of issues with the primary focus on China. Among the topics to be discussed are:
• Understanding the evolving political, economic and operational environments in China and examining implications for the mining sector.
• Chinese mineral commodity supply and demand outlook.
• China's overseas investments in mining.
• Accessing project finance and the outlook for investment in the mining sector.
• Latest outlook on the Chinese economy and the drivers affecting the global mining industry.
• Challenges and opportunities for China doing business in overseas jurisdictions.
• Examining China's Africa investment policy.
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CONFERENCES – Strong Electra Mining interest

Electra Mining Africa 2010 looks set to eclipse the previous record event in 2008 with strong market support and space selling fast.
The 2010 event will be held from October 4-8 at the newly revamped and refurbished MTN Expo Centre, NASREC, Johannesburg, and is being organized by Specialised Exhibitions.
The 2008 event attracted more than 41,000 visitors and 700 local and international exhibitors with exhibitor space selling out months ahead.
Specialised Exhibitions’ managing director John Kaplan says, “The support received from exhibitors and general business for the 2010 show is outstanding and indicates that there is continued growth, development and economic interest in the local mining, construction, industrial and power generation industries, despite the economic downturn that the industry has had to face, globally.
“We are extremely positive about 2010, certainly with all the excitement that the FIFA World Cup will bring to the country, but also the way that business, generally, is overcoming the recession and signs are that, having gone through a readjustment period to deal with the flattened economy, business is now ready to move into a growth cycle again.”
Exhibition manager Veda Koekemoer says, “The market is showing a definite positive trend and the demand for space has increased considerably, with most of the space either sold or on option. It’s been a very encouraging start to the Electra Mining 2010 year and we are certainly looking forward to a bumper show.
“On the back of the economic downturn, we are seeing a steadily increasing number of exhibitors confirming participation at the show, albeit with smaller space options, but this will make for a really interesting show with a lot of variety in terms of the products and services displayed by exhibitors.”
He says also encouraging is the increase in international interest in the show with many more countries participating than in 2006 and 2008. Countries include Botswana, Croatia, Italy, China, Belgium, Brazil, Austria and France. The Australian Trade Commission in South Africa has confirmed an Australian Pavilion, and reserve options are also in place for French, Italian and Canadian pavilions.
“We’ve also had enquiries from a number of countries interested in arranging Inward Buying Missions to the show. This is very positive for Electra Mining Africa 2010 as this certainly proves the exhibition’s credibility and value to the international market.”
This year Electra Mining Africa, which is the second largest mining show in the world and the biggest trade exhibition in Southern Africa, also features two co-located shows Elenex Africa and Transport Expo Africa.


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