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DEC 2012

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suppliers news David Brown Opens New facilities in Virginia and Kentucky Left to right: Kelly Callaham, Martin County, Ky., judge-executive; Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear; Len Poulin, business manager, David Brown Americas; John Paterson, CEO, David Brown; and Marcelo Zapatero, managing director, David Brown Americas. "At David Brown, we strive to be as close to our customers as possible. Our main aim is simply to increase our customer's up-time and reliability by being on the ground in the region. This way we can respond quickly with swap-outs, spares, improvements and advice. We are delighted to be here in Kentucky and are looking forward to serving our customers with a local team of specialists," said Zapatero. While this is the first stand-alone sales office and service center within the United States, the company has already established the capability to manufacture industrial gear products for the Americas through its acquisition of Canadian based Unigear, a market leader in industrial gearing solutions in January 2012. The company also has sales offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, as well as a purpose-built service center Antofagasta, Chile, with firm plans to establish several more in the region. Coal Gas Detection & Mapping David Brown, a leading global expert in gearing solutions and services, has opened a dedicated sales office in Waynesboro, Va., and a service center in Inez, Ky. At the grand opening ceremony in Waynesboro, John Paterson, CEO, David Brown, emphasized the rich history of the company. "Since it was established in 1860 David Brown has grown to become one of the leading engineering companies specializing in the supply and servicing of gear products in the world, developing a farreaching global network of operations including manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Australasia, Africa, China and sales, service and support from 20 locations across five continents," Paterson said. "David Brown is a leading global supplier of gearboxes and gearing technology products and services across various industries including mining. "We always strive to reach our customers wherever they may be located," Paterson said. "We are focused on providing our customers in the Americas with vital on-theground support to minimize and prevent downtime. The team will draw on their wealth of local industry experience to respond to customers' needs and requirements enabling them to increase their operating time." 62 "The new David Brown sales office and service center will give customers direct and local access to the expertise built up over 150 years and significantly adds to our service offering in the Americas," said Marcelo Zapatero, managing director, David Brown. "We will continue to expand across the continent with expectations of putting in service and assembly facilities in the Gulf Coast region for oil and gas, and in the mountain states for mining and wind industries, as well as expanding throughout Mexico and the rest of the Americas." Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined company and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the new service, repair and assembly facility. "We're thrilled to welcome David Brown to Inez, and look forward to many productive years to come as a result of this partnership. David Brown is a company with a 150-year heritage, and that is a testament to its longevity and proven record of success," said Gov. Beshear. The company's Kentucky facility will assemble large gear boxes, refurbish and rebuild manufactured components, and provide on-site technical services for the mining, oil and gas industries, conventional power generation, steel, cement and chemical processing industries and renewable energy throughout North America. WellDog has commercialized an innovative coal gas testing technology which, for the first time, will allow mining companies to accurately detect and map underground gas characteristics before mining without drilling the extra wells required by slower and more expensive "core sampling" techniques. The new technology is already helping major mining companies in Australia and southern Africa optimize mine designs and identify safety risks before commencing mining operations, potentially slashing more than 30% off drilling-related exploration costs and cutting years from new mine lead times. WellDog CEO John Pope said Australia's stringent safety testing requirements and movement to deeper, gassier coal seams provided the perfect motivation to develop and refine the new technical service. "We combined gas testing technology from the U.S. with Australia's open hole coal permeability testing technology to develop a tool that measures both gas content and permeability at the same time in chip holes," he said. Across the world coal exploration was going deeper than ever before, presenting increased challenges for mine safety management. "Companies are encountering more gas under higher pressures, which has December 2012

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