Finning launch underground mining solution
17 May 2012 - 17:36
Underground mining solution rolled out following successful launch of surface mining solution
FOLLOWING the successful launch and integration of their surface mining solution in February 2012, which has already lead to deals for six Cat 6030 mining hydraulic excavators, Finning are now officially launching their underground mining solution.
The move follows months of integration planning, including engineer training, following the Caterpillar acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011.
By extending their dealer coverage to incorporate the whole of the UK and Ireland to support all new Caterpillar and historic Bucyrus underground mining equipment already operated in the regions, Finning say they will now be able to offer the most comprehensive mining range available in the industry.
The new Finning Caterpillar underground range includes continuous miners, conveyors, shearers, ploughs, armoured face conveyors, hydraulic roof supports and drill rigs.
Commenting on the move into underground mining, Gary Agnew, director of Equipment Solutions with Finning UK and Ireland, said: ‘When we acquired the dealership for the new Caterpillar mining range in January 2012, we initially focused resources on developing our engineering expertise to support the new surface mining equipment.
‘With two Cat 6030 shovels already built and operating successfully in the UK, we have proven we can service the demand for surface mining solutions.
‘Following significant investment in underground mining training, tooling and parts, we are now in a position to support existing products and the roll-out of new Caterpillar products into the UK.
‘Our clear aim is to deliver equipment and service solutions that maximize customer uptime and output from existing equipment and any future Cat underground mining product investments.’
Finning say their extended mining team will be supported by Caterpillar mining colleagues from across the globe, sharing expertise, knowledge and solutions across the new and existing product range.