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DEC 2018

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Company Profile–Paid Advertisement From Germany to the World Becker Mining Systems is a system supplier for mining infrastructure headquartered in Friedrichsthal, Germany. Since the founding of the company in 1964, the German min- ing industry has changed significantly. On December, 21, 2018 the last piece of coal will be handed over to the Federal President of Germany at the closing event of German Coal Mining. The gesture officially ends the chapter of an industry in which at times more than 400,000 miners were employed. Beck- er Mining Systems has seized the opportu- nity and adapted to this change by evolving from the main supplier to the German mining industry to one of the leading suppliers to the international mining industry. Today the Becker Mining Systems Group is represented by its own subsidiaries in Canada, the USA, Mexico, France, Poland, Russia, China, Aus- tralia and South Africa to be able to offer lo- cal and responsive service to its customers. Becker Global America with its headquarters in Bristol, VA, unites well-known long-stand- ing companies of the North American mining supplier industry under one roof. Service cen- ters around the Appalachian Basin and in Salt Lake City assure reliable and prompt service for its customers. As the only worldwide sup- plier of complete energy, automation, commu- nication and transportation infrastructure for the mining industry, Becker's product range includes electrical as well as mechanical solu- tions for all kinds of underground demands. Global System Supplier for Mining Two product segments are being distin- guished: the segment Electrical consists of the three product divisions Energy Dis- tribution, Automation and Communica- tion. A safe and flexible supply of energy underground is a necessary condition for mining. Becker Mining Systems offers complete, tailor-made energy infrastruc- ture solutions that yield maximum output at highest safety standards. The products in the area of energy distribution include flameproof transformers and arc resistant power centers (Arc Guard ® ). Simple mainte- nance and exchangeability of critical wear parts guarantee a maximum uptime and low Total-Costs-of-Ownership. In the area of automation, the company offers reliable solutions that allow for comprehensive monitoring and control of all work pro- cesses at all levels of a modern mine. Even in the case of widely distributed networks and under extremely difficult ambient con- ditions, the sophisticated field bus devices and automation controllers of Becker Min- ing Systems guarantee a trouble-free flow of information between the individual plants, machines and equipment. Another import- ant area is communication. Mobile radio solutions enable uninterrupted clear com- munication throughout the entire mine. These solutions are used not only for voice transmissions, but also to transmit data and video signals underground and to the main mine control station above ground. In ad- dition, Becker Mining's radio products pro- vide for greater operating safety in mines: the location of men and machines can be clearly determined. With the Proximity De- tection System (PDS100) collisions can be avoided and emergency rescue measures initiated more quickly and more easily. Haulage and Roof support solutions make up the mechanical segment. Since the founding of the company, Becker Mining Systems has been developing transportation systems for men and material underground. Monorails and floor mounted trains with friction or rack-and-pinion drives transport men, material and equipment quickly and reliably - even to the most remote parts of a mine. The systems are characterized by the fact that they can transport heavy loads at high speed on steeply inclined routes. The product portfolio also includes chairlifts and conveying systems. In the expansion of underground mining, safety plays an im- portant role, too. The company produces support systems for safe face and roadway expansion. The developed Powered Roof Supports are also being integrated into comprehensive longwall complexes, which are produced in cooperation with other suppliers and already have numerous appli- cations in Europe and Asia. Know-How, Performance and Reliability as core competencies But it's not only the product range that leads to the success of Becker Mining Systems. De- spite growing cost pressure, the group aims to deliver cutting edge technology with high- est quality that guarantees smooth operation from installation to system repair. A local and agile product support and aftersales service that keeps systems up and running 24/7 rounds off the product range. Based on more than 50 years of expe- rience and implemented by 1,500 Becker employees around the world, Becker Mining Systems stands for Know-how, Performance and Reliability. For more information visit

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