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ISSUE 10: Cat equipment on display at China’s largest coal expo

As China’s coal production grows, the bi-annual China Coal & Mining Expo grows with it. In 2013, more than 400 exhibitors hosted thousands of visitors from all levels of China’s rapidly expanding coal industry. Caterpillar expanded its exhibit at this show, giving visitors a look at their technologies and products for operations both above and below ground — including the unveiling of a new line of longwall roof supports that will be manufactured at the company’s Zhengzhou Ltd. Facility.

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ISSUE 9: Understanding our changing world: MINExpo provides opportunity to discuss key industry topics

While products were definitely the big draw to MINExpo 2012, issues facing the mining industry were key topics throughout the three-day event. From an opening session that brought together mining leaders from around the world, to Caterpillar executive speaking on the exhibit floor, topics like safety and sustainability, government regulations, changing global economies and population growth all took center stage during the event.

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ISSUE 9: MINExpo’s size and scale are a testament to the industry

Bigger and better than ever. This was the promise made by the National Mining Association (NMA) for what to expect at MINExpo 2012. And the NMA delivered in every possible way.

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ISSUE 8: Skills development: An opportunity to improve the bottom line

Mine owners know that training operators to work safely and productively is important to their operations. A new trend in the industry has companies taking a look at skills development from a different perspective  —incorporating training into their strategic objectives and measuring how operator productivity affects the bottom line.

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ISSUE 7: Women: An untapped resource for the global skills crisis

As the mining industry continues to feel the effects of a global skills crisis, it becomes clearer every day that we need all hands on deck. And while women make up nearly half of the global workforce, they are sorely underrepresented in mining. Fortunately, a number of initiatives are under way to help encourage women to bring their skills to the industry at all levels.

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