ONE of China’s largest mining equipment manufacturers has appointed Australian private mining company and equipment supplier LDO Group as its exclusive sales agent in Australia and New Zealand.
State-owned Donghua Heavy Industries and the LDO Group have signed a co-operation deed in China – the first appointment outside China for the manufacturing company, which is the mining equipment manufacturing and supply arm of the Yancoal Group.
LDO Group managing director Peter Ross said for the past six years his company has been successfully importing equipment from China, ensuring it meets strict Australian quality and safety standards.
This includes the first set of Chinese-manufactured longwall equipment into Australia which has successfully been in operation for several years.
“We have already successfully broken the paradigm by proving there are alternate sources of equipment that meet or exceed the stringent standards set for the Australia mining industry and we are excited to partner with such a strong and capable partner in Donghua,” Mr Ross said.
He said Donghua can produce all the equipment needed in coal mines from brackets and conveyors through to full longwall packages at a standard that will meet and exceed any Australian or New Zealand mine’s requirements.
Mr Ross has visited Donghua’s factories located in the Zoucheng, Shandong area several times and he recently visited the Yancoal Dongtan Mine, an underground mine in China producing 8MTPA at a depth of 700m under a body of water with two longwalls operating at 5.5m high.
“The standards within this mine were without doubt some of the highest I have seen, especially given the very tough mining conditions,” he said.
Founded in 2005, the LDO Group provides innovative specialist services to the coal industry including equipment procurement and hire, mine management, labour supply, specialised engineering, safety management and training. It is head-quartered in the NSW Hunter Valley, near Newcastle.