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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 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 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: Availability is key: CC&V demands consistent production from haulage fleet

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Company employs around 350 workers on 12-hour shifts every day of the year, resulting in an impressive daily production of 163000 tonnes. But even the biggest workforce can’t produce without available trucks. AngloGold Ashanti (Colorado) Corp considered a number of trucks based on everything from body style to size to serviceability, and they decided on the reliable Cat® 793D — and even helped test the new Cat 793F.

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ISSUE 6: Jinfeng mine: Going underground to create the second largest gold mine in China

China’s second-largest gold mine — the Jinfeng mine in Guizhou province — began life as an open-pit operation. When the time came to expand underground to continue mining this rich deposit, Sino Gold Mining Ltd. turned to the global mining industry for models and best practices and was able to develop a mine based on similar sites in Australia and the United States — a true example of the industry’s global nature.

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