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ISSUE 8: CHALCO Guangxi mine addresses environmental challenges through a “green mine” strategy

As the world’s fastest growing economy, China is paying more and more attention to sustainability issues such as environmental protection and “inclusive growth” that delivers lasting benefits to all. Mining is one of the country’s key industries and is driving toward an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving society. The CHALCO Guangxi mine in Guangxi Province puts the concepts of “mining with minimal environmental impact” and “green mining” into practice — winning the first national-level “Green Mine” title in China.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine: Doubling production with new facilities, expanded site and larger trucks

Despite operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions, expansion has been a regular occurrence at Boliden Aitik copper mine. Already one of Europe’s largest copper mines, in 2010 Aitik built new facilities and launched an expansion program that is set to double its production in 2014.

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ISSUE 7: Belle Ayr trucks top 8,000 hours: A 93% utilization rate

A mine can only be as productive as its truck fleet; every hour of downtime is production lost. At the Belle Ayr coal mine in Wyoming, Alpha Coal has turned this fact into a way of life by achieving more than 8,000 operating hours per year on their Cat® 797B trucks — a utilization rate of nearly 93 percent.

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ISSUE 7: Doing things differently: Osisko Mining sets aggressive goals to be the best

The Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec is Canada’s largest open-pit gold mine, with the capacity to produce more than 600,000 ounces of gold every year. It’s also located in the heart of the Malartic community, which is why Osisko Mining Corporation chose to use local contractors and partnerships — including one with Cat dealer Hewitt Equipment Ltd. — to ensure that their mine is not only among the best at producing gold, but at benefiting the people who live and work nearby.

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ISSUE 6: 777F at work in Colombia: Caterpillar produces 50,000th off-highway truck

Caterpillar has been producing off-highway trucks for a long time, and in 2009 they hit yet another milestone. With representatives from buyer Prodeco group and Cat dealer Gecolsa on hand, the Decatur, Illinois facility produced its 50,000th rigid-frame off-highway truck. » Read more
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