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MAR 2017

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March 2017 43 suppliers news continued fully with the investigation. He said, "We have a long and good rep- utation of being ethical." And he added that the company would continue in that fashion. Umpleby would not go into any specifics regarding the investigation. The search comes just weeks after Oberhelman, who is the chairman of the board until March 31, met with President Donald Trump along with the heads of 23 other manufacturing companies in the U.S. to discuss bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. During the meeting at the Whitehouse, Trump said told Ober- helman, "I love Caterpillar. I've been driving them for a long time." In January, Caterpillar announced plans to move its global headquarters from Peoria to Chicago. Screening Manufacturer to Up Capacity Metso is reportedly expanding rubber screening media manufac- turing capacity by investing in three new injection presses. The in- vestment, valued at EUR 1.7 million, is in response to growing glob- al demand, the company reported. The presses will be installed at Metso's facilities in Australia, India and Sweden by early 2018. The demand for Metso's screening media has risen in the min- ing segment after the 2016 introduction of 1-in. by 1-in. modular screening media, TrellexTM 305PS. Expanded capacity and the new offering will enable the com- pany to gain market space, said Jose E. Perez, senior vice president, crushing and screening wears. "Complementing our extensive wear parts portfolio with an industry standard such as 1-in. by 1-in. screening media is a natural step in strengthening [our] position," he added. Metso's products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. HUESKER Buys Minegrid Maker Geosynthetic and technical textile manufacturer HUESKER Syn- thetic GmbH acquired longtime partner NBW Mining (AUST) Pty Ltd. in Australia, supplier of Minegrid. HUESKER and NBW were exclusive partners for 20 years, the former reported. Minegrid reportedly recovers longwalls, supports ribs, and rein- forces highwalls in mines and quarries around the world. Established in 1996, NBW Mining supplied HUESKER Minegrid Systems to the longwall mining industry in Australia. The system was introduced in 2004 to miners in Siberia, South Africa, the U.K . and Norway. The 150-year-old Huesker Group, headquartered in Gescher, Germany, has 10 subsidiaries and trading and distribution partners in more than 60 countries. The NBW team reportedly has a com- bined 140 years of experience in underground mining. Partnership Offers 3-D Reclamation Maps BGC Engineering Inc. partnered with LOOOK Inc. on an applica- tion that turns traditional flat engineering drawings and data into interactive 3-D maps and immersive landscapes experienced using Microsoft's HoloLens technology. Reportedly, BGC's biggest projects involve land reclamation for mining companies. "Reclamation is about making good on the commitment that a mine is a temporary use of the land," Bill Bur- ton, vice president, said. Through HoloLens, "we can give you sense of what it's like to stand in the reclaimed environment and see what that final landscape will be. This is easier to understand, for experts and non-experts alike." BGC is a consulting firm. LOOOK is a mixed-reality design and development studio. JENNMAR to Supply EcoVent Doors American Mine Door contracted JENNMAR Corp. to be the sole and exclusive U.S. distributor of the EcoVent Equipment Doors for un- derground mining. The product is designed as an alternative to tra- ditional reusable underground equipment and/or machine doors for the current price-sensitive market, American Mine Door report- ed. The EcoVent Doors use a patented opposing wing design for easy operation, the company reported. Door wings are connected so when one wing is opening, the other wing also opens simultane- ously in the opposite direction. This means equalized air pressure assists the door in opening and closing with little effort. Doors will not slam closed, the company reported, reducing the potential for injuries. In addition, the corrugated wing design minimizes weight, maximizes strength and keeps pricing affordable, the company added. The design reportedly ensures minimal required mainte- nance over years of service. Additionally, the doors can be moved around easily and reused repeatedly, the company reported. American Mine Door is an original equipment manufacturer established in 1906 and based in Cleveland, Ohio. JENNMAR is a ground control technology solution supplier for the mining and tunneling industries.

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