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by Philippine Resources - November 06, 2019
Epiroc is your partner for both mining equipment and infrastructure equipment.
Epiroc is a leading global productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries. With cutting-edge technology, Epiroc develops and produces innovative, safe and sustainable drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment and tools. The company also provides world-class service and solutions for automation and interoperability. The company was founded in Stockholm, Sweden and has passionate people supporting and collaborating with customers in more than 150 countries.
Our solutions aim to solve our customers; key issues – including requirements to reduce operating costs, increase productivity, increase utilization of equipment, reduce environmental impact, and enhance health and safety conditions.
Industries we serve
Mining and quarrying. Underground mining, surface mining, exploration, quarrying, well drilling, oil and gas.
Infrastrcture Underground. Civil engineering, surface civil engineering and urban development, deconstruction and recycling
At Epiroc we are fast to recognize new trends and discover new ideas. We quickly get new solutions to market and adapt to changes in customers’ needs. We love to work with advanced technology and highly efficient products. Our world is changing and we have the ambition to become the leader in automation. We boldly drive a vision for a future of digital automation, as this will enhance productivity, energy efficiency and safety for the customers. As such, we are investing in making mining smarter.
Powerbit Underground - Packed with power
Epiroc is unleashing a new power in the underground drilling industry – a drill bit designed to match the capacity of the latest technology in drill rigs. The new Powerbit for underground drilling offers a higher penetration rate, longer service life and more drill meters per day. It will boost the productivity of both new and older rigs – allowing customers to capitalize more on their rig investment.
Powerbit Underground has by far outperformed all standard bits during substantial testing carried out around the world, resulting in remarkable productivity improvement.
“The new bit averaged 37 percent more drill meters before being discarded, peaking at a whopping 82 percent in one test round! No doubt, we’re setting a new productivity standard for underground mining,” says Johan Thenór, Product Line Manager for Tophammer products at Epiroc.
The tests show a higher penetration rate and longer intervals between regrinds, so miners will benefit from a more trouble-free, uninterrupted drilling.
Powerbit Underground is a firm response to market demand for a bit that matches the high drilling speeds enabled by ever-stronger rigs and rock drills. With that said, it will prove just as game-changing for customers using older rigs with lower water pressure, if not more.
Every miner can look forward to a bit with a higher penetration rate and longer service life. This will improve their productivity and reduce their cost per meter drilled.
The excellent productivity is partly explained by the bit’s optimized flushing capacity:
"The hole configuration maximizes flushing efficiency, which is key to the high penetration rate"
Robert Arnoldsson, Senior Product Specialist, Tophammer products at Epiroc
More innovative features combine to give the bit the leading position in underground drilling today:
“We used our hardest steel ever and we configured the bit’s face in such a way that it removes cuttings faster than ever before. Therefore, drillers can make the most out of their rigs and achieve a whole new penetration capability,” Robert Arnoldsson continues.
Customers will also be making their acquaintance with Trubbnos, Epiroc's new and innovative trapezoid-shaped buttons, which increase penetration rate and service life compared to conventional, semi-ballistic buttons.
“Since the bit’s performance is crucial to the rig’s ability to penetrate rock fast, customers can look forward to a new product that will greatly improve drilling efficiency,” concludes Johan Thenór.
The first launch of Powerbit Underground is the 45 mm dimension, followed by 48 mm and 51 mm and then gradually several more dimensions.
Epiroc launches new generation battery-driven machines for sustainable mining
The battery-driven underground loaders, trucks and drill rigs launched creates a number of benefits for mining companies globally, including improved health and safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs.
“We at Epiroc want to help our customers boost productivity, enhance safety and cut emissions – all while lowering the total cost of operation,” said Per Lindberg, Epiroc’s President and CEO. “Our second generation battery vehicles takes us towards a sustainable future with less dependency on fossil fuels. We are proud to lead the charge toward sustainability in mining.”
The battery-run products launched today at a customer event in Örebro, Sweden, are 14 and 18-ton loaders, a 42-ton truck and a mid-sized drilling family including face drilling, production drilling and rock reinforcement rigs.
Customers using Epiroc’s first-generation battery-driven machines, launched in 2016, include for example Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources, which is using the Scooptram ST7 Battery in Peru. Other customers going electric include LKAB, the Swedish state-owned mining company, which plans to use Epiroc’s zero-emission vehicles as it expands its mining operation in northern Sweden in a sustainable way.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
Diwata organizes Avengers Endgame movie fundraising, a surprising hit
According to the New York Times, the Avengers: Endgame movie took in $1.2 billion worldwide, arriving as the No. 1 movie in at least 54 countries. It is likely to be the last film with the original - and beloved - Avengers cast. Plenty of people made sure they were there to see it especially on opening night! On April 24, 2019, Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc. organized and hosted the block screening of the anticipated action/adventure movie. The objective of the event was to raise funds for the projects of Diwata which includes, but not limited to, its pilot project - Tanging Tanglaw: Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers.Opening night was held at Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2. The block screening event was made possible thanks to the support of its sponsors: Sycip Gorres & Velayo (SGV), Cruz Marcelo & Tenafrancia (CMT), Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (FNS), Chittick Fire & Security Corporation, Quisumbing Torres, Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc., Uniglobal Industrial Trading, Sandvik Tamrock (Philippines), Inc., Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Masbate Gold Project’s Filminera Resources Corporation and Philippine Gold Processing and Refining Corporation. Also in attendance were the following individuals - Diwata Chairwomen Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert, Diwata Adviser Atty. Leo Dominguez, Diwata President Atty. Joan D. Adaci-Cattiling, and key representatives from the sponsors.Were you there with Diwata during opening night of #AvengersEndgame? How was your experience? For more information on Diwata - Women in Resource Development, Inc.:Email - firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/DiwataResourceDevt/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/DiwataResrcDevtInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/diwataresourcedevt/ Website - http://www.diwata.org/
Philippine Resources - March 19, 2019
PHILCONSTRUCT Marks its 29th Year
By Marcelle P. VillegasThe longest-running construction expo in Southeast Asia and the biggest trade show in the Philippines took place last November 8-11 in two venues, namely; SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Now on its 29th year, this trade show for the construction industry welcomed more than 70,000 visitors. This massive expo is organised by the Philippine Construction Association Inc. (PCA). Members of PCA are responsible for more than 80% of the country’s total annual construction projects.Mr Morris Agoncillo, President of PCA states, “These are very exciting times for the industry with the government’s aggressive pursuit of infrastructure development through the Build, Build, Build program as well as the private sector’s drive to produce globally competitive projects, there are plenty of opportunities for both local and international suppliers to grow their business here. Our goal in PCA is to provide a venue where they can easily explore these opportunities and for close to three decades now. PHILCONSTRUCT has been that platform.” Secretary Ramon Lopez of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led the opening rites for the event. During the 29th PHILCONSTRUCT, the entire parking lot of World Trade Center Metro Manila was converted into an indoor exhibition hall to give space to many new international exhibitors. This is approximately an additional 3,000 square meters of indoor space, according to Mr Gerardo Pancho who is the 1st Vice President of the Philippine Constructors Association and the Overall Chairman of last year’s PHILCONSTRUCT. Since 2013 when PHILCONSTRUCT started its expansion, the event has generated a steady growth and demand for exhibit space from local and international suppliers. In the latest expanded exhibit, PHILCONSTRUCT featured building materials, construction equipment, fixtures, finishing solutions, and other related construction services from 23 countries. Participating countries include China, the European Union, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States. Over 1,500 companies participated in the event. PHILCONSTRUCT 2018 was presented by Pacific Paint (BOYSEN) Philippines, Inc. with major sponsors Civic Merchandising, Inc., CW Home Depot, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., and QSJ Motor Philippine. The show sponsors are Caltex/ Chevron Philippines, Co Ban Kiat Hardware, and Isuzu Philippines.Mr Pancho mentioned that the event is a great venue for stakeholders from both the government and the private sector. From here, we can determine how these products and technologies from other countries can help improve and strengthen the country’s various structures and infrastructures. He said, “We expect this synergy between these stakeholders to help bring the practice of construction here in the Philippines to the next level.”The event also presented various technical lectures for engineers and engineering students. For instance, at SMX Convention Center, Mr Jun Perez conducted a lecture on Basic HVAC Seminar during the HVAC/R Philippine Technoforum 2018. In his lecture, he shared much of his vast experience in smart techniques in building designs and air con installation from his previous projects in Guam for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. The seminar was sponsored by Concepcion Midea Inc. Two meeting rooms for the seminar were filled with attendees who are engineering students and engineers.Within the exhibit ground in SMX Convention Center, many companies offered free technical lectures by experts like Engr. Jhon Carlo Rojo, Technical Support Engineer of Daikin Airconditioning Philippines Inc. His lecture emphasized the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). He mentioned that we breathe 28,800 times a day and 90% of the time, most of us are indoors. With that, IAQ has an impact on our health, work performance and quality of living. For almost 90 years, Daikin of Japan has been the leader in air con and air filter technology.
Philippine Resources - May 30, 2019
AIA Celebrates 20 Years of Leadership in the Auction Industry
This year, Asia International Auctioneers, Inc. (AIA) marks its 20th year in the auction industry. To commemorate its anniversary, AIA organized a remarkable lineup of events, which include the groundbreaking of its new remanufacturing facility, recognition events for VIPs, Top Buyers, Consignors and Employees, and planting of 20,000 mangroves in Bataan.As the country's biggest and fastest growing trucks and equipment auctioneer, AIA has sold over 130,000 units and served about 58,000 satisfied customers in its 86 successful auctions since 1999. Today, it continues to deliver exceptional value by providing the highest quality trucks and equipment to various industries nationwide.AIA 20 Years BackAIA's story began in 1996 when its founders, who had prior auction experience in Japan, recognized the unique potential of establishing the very first proudly Filipino-Japanese owned auction company in the Philippines. At the time, the economy was unstable due to the Asian Financial Crisis. While others cast doubt on the viability of conducting auctions amid the bleak business climate, AIA’s founders took a great leap of faith and worked vigorously for the materialization of AIA, the premier and pioneer trucks and equipment auctioneer in the Philippines.Since then, auctions have increased popularity with AIA at the forefront. The company’s first auction in Subic Bay was held in 1999 with only around a thousand units available. 20 years later, AIA has grown exponentially and is now auctioning off over 12,000 items per year.AIA Breaks Ground on its New Remanufacturing FacilityTo kick-start AIA's 20th-anniversary celebrations, the company held the official groundbreaking of its remanufacturing facility in Subic Bay on March 15, 2019.The project marks another milestone for AIA as it will vastly transform the company's remanufacturing operations and quality control procedures. It will include a modernized and advanced assembly line incorporating AIA's No Cut, No Weld, No Bend Conversion Technology System using brand new and original left-hand drive parts. It will also be equipped with highly developed facilities for comprehensive and systematic quality control.With this major development, AIA will continue to fulfill its customers' evolving needs by offering only the best quality and widest selection of units at competitive and affordable prices.AIA Hosts VIP Appreciation Night for its Top BuyersAs a way of showing gratitude for their continued patronage, AIA brought together its VIP and top buyers on April 25 at Segara Villas in Subic Bay for an evening of celebration, special gifts, grand prizes, dinner and entertainment.The highlight of the night was the recognition and presentation of awards to AIA's top buyers. One of the awardees, Philipp Po of Leyte United Trading, said he has seen how AIA grew since he first joined its auctions in 2000."There are a lot of small and medium enterprises that have been established because of AIA. For my family, our trucking business started with AIA and has grown in consonance with our requirements, which we have also sourced from AIA. I believe that AIA will be here for the next generation and beyond, and I can attest their leadership in the auction industry," Po said.AIA COO Paulo Armamento shared that on top of these special events, AIA honors their customers and values their trust by providing them with high standard trucks and equipment."We are proud to say that AIA has not only become the largest and leading auctioneer in the country, we also became the benchmark that stimulated a safer trucking and transportation system by raising the standards for used trucks in the market," Armamento said.He concluded the event by reaffirming the company's commitment to work harder in delivering its promise of quality and reliability. AIA Consignors Tee Up for Golf and Awards DayTo honor its consignors who have been with the company throughout the years, AIA hosted a Golf and Awards Day on April 28 at Anvaya Cove Golf and Sports Club. Plaques of appreciation and tokens were given away during the awarding ceremony.AIA's consignors always go above and beyond in exporting the highest quality trucks and equipment directly from Japan. The company's premium range of products is meticulously screened so that only the best-of-class units are included in the auction lineup. Because of its consignors, AIA could showcase the most comprehensive array of light, medium, and heavy-duty units from the top brands such as Isuzu, Fuso, Hino, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Kobelco, and Tadano among many others.AIA holds 20th Anniversary Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving NightAIA's 20 years of leadership in the auction industry can be attributed to the men and women who constantly provide excellent service to AIA's customers. Thus, the company recognized its personnel at its Employee Recognition and Thanksgiving Night on May 15.A total of 78 employees who have worked with the company for ten, fifteen, and twenty years were given Meritorious Service and Loyalty awards. AIA plants 20,000 mangroves for its 20 fruitful yearsAs a way of giving back for AIA's 20 fruitful years in the auction industry, the company planted 20,000 mangrove propagules in a 10-hectare coast at Abucay, Bataan on May 17 in cooperation with DENR and the SBMA Ecology Center. 165 volunteers took part in the program.AIA initially started its biodiversity conservation and mangrove reforestation programs in 2015.AIA took on the responsibility of caring for a total of 15 hectares of protected sites and had since planted around 25,000 mangroves in various areas. “We specially picked Mangrove Planting as the core activity of our CSR programs because of its environmental significance. Mangroves are powerhouses when it comes to carbon storage.Studies indicate that mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests. This is so relevant to our industry for ways we all know. Unlike other one-day tree planting activities, ours is a continuing activity as we will see to it that the mangroves will survive and serve its purpose,” said AIA General Manager Atty. Ma. Leonora Tabladillo.Join AIA's 4-Day Trucks and Equipment Auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22AIA will continue to celebrate its anniversary with more events and activities in store for its customers. Watch out for AIA's upcoming four-day auction on June 19, 20, 21 and 22! Inspect and select from a wide variety of over 2,300 trucks and equipment as it opens its gates on June 16, 17 and 18 and join AIA’s Auction Fair for more surprises.For more information about AIA’s auctions, contact them at (047)-252-3333 or visit www.aia-auction.com.
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Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
DPWH says BGC-Ortigas Bridge to Open in June
The Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Bridge will open on June 12, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “Our target opening is on June 12, Independence Day. Motorists will be able to use the bridge next month,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a video posted on Facebook during his inspection of the project on Thursday. The bridge would connect the business districts of BGC and Ortigas, cutting travel time from an hour to just 12 minutes. He also said that the bridge is now 81% complete. "The entrance of the bridge is at Kalayaan (Avenue) and the exit is at Fairlane in Ortigas," he added. It will be able to accommodate about 50,000 cars a day when it is finished. “Next month on Independence Day, watch out for the delivery, the opening of the BGC-Ortigas Pasig Bridge,” Villar said. The government's PHP1.793 billion development programme is part of a plan to decongest Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
DENR Applauds Women's Contributions to PH Mining
Women have made a major contribution to the growth and advancement of the country's mining industry, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with more women leaders advancing to top-level roles. “We need the active participation of women in policy formulation and program development not only to advance their rights in terms of decision-making and leadership but to empower them to address environmental challenges and climate change,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said. According to Nonita Caguioa, DENR Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Mining Concerns, more women are now working in the mining industry, as shown by the increase in female workers in mining firms and at the DENR's Mines and Geosciences Bureau. “We have different mining companies in the nickel industry who already have women, senior officials. Not only in nickel mining, but we can also see now plenty of women in the mining industry in general,” she said. “There are even those who have just finished college in geology, metallurgy or mining engineering, some of whom are already employed with some of the mining companies or the government service,” Caguioa added. With more women working in the mining industry, she cited laws like Republic Act 9710, or the Magna Carta of Women of 2009, RA 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, and RA 7192, or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992, that promote and protect their rights. According to Caguioa, the DENR has non-discrimination clauses in mining licenses and arrangements to “respect the right of women workers to engage in policy and decision-making procedures that concern their interests and benefits.” Caguioa earned a mining engineering degree from the Cebu Institute of Technology before entering the DENR.
Philippine Resources - May 07, 2021
Semirara Mining Expects Profit Recovery This Year
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC), a publicly traded integrated energy firm, expect some profit recovery this year, owing to improved coal and power demand and costs. SMPC chairman and CEO Isidro Consunji said at the company's virtual stockholders' meeting that the company's bottom line will boost as the coal and energy markets rebound from last year's historic lows. “To take advantage of the upswing, we will capitalize on our COVID-19 resiliency and adaptation strategy of focusing on our people, finances, and execution skills. However, given our operational headwinds and until our country reaches herd immunity, it is unlikely that we will return to our pre-pandemic profit level this year,” he said. The business ended in 2020 with a combined net income of P3.3 billion, down 66% from P9.6 billion the previous year. Revenues dropped 36.2 per cent to P23.3 billion as coal production, sales, and prices fell, while energy sales fell due to low power rates and Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corp's (SLPGC) expected and unplanned outages. The coal division of SMPC and the SLPGC plants will be the key drivers of development this year. With remedial steps introduced in Molave North Block 7 (NB7), the coal industry is expected to reach 13 million metric tons, according to SMPC president and COO Maria Cristina Gotianun. “This year, we expect our coal business to perform better on the back of recovering consumption and prices. The remedial measures we have been implementing since December have also allowed us to steadily normalize production. Now that the water seepage at NB7 has gone down to manageable levels, we expect annual production to hit 13 million metric tons,” she said. Due to excessive water seepages, SMPC postponed mining operations in Molave NB7 in early December, reducing coal output by 13% to 13.2 million metric tons. SLPGC is expected to drive profits in SMPC's power market due to higher sales, but Sem-Calaca Power Corp. (SCPC) is expected to produce poor performance. SCPC is the owner of the Calaca coal-fired power plant in Batangas, which it bought from the government in 2009 for $362 million. In the same location, SLPGC operates a 2x150-MW coal power plant. “For this year, we expect uneven results from our power subsidiaries. SLPGC is set to stage a strong profit recovery because of higher plant availability and better spot market prices. Unfortunately, SCPC is likely to deliver disappointing results because of the forced outage of its Unit 2 beginning Dec. 3 last year,” Gotianun said. SCPC's outage was triggered by a seven-month-old generator stator failing. Repairs are currently being negotiated with generator provider GE, according to Gotianun. “While they have agreed to cover the majority of the costs related to fixing the equipment, we are intent on making them shoulder all the necessary expenses. We expect to complete our negotiations within the year,” she said. “In the meantime, we are doing our best to fast track the repair of the generator. If all goes well, Unit 2 can be up and running by the third quarter of this year,” Gotianun said. This year, SMPC will invest P4 billion to rebound from last year's slump. The overall sum will be divided between SCPC and SLPGC for their prevention and repair services, with P2.9 billion going to buy mining and service equipment for the coal industry. Since the COVID-19 pandemic placed a burden on the company's liquidity last year, the management agreed to delay P3.7 billion of CAPEX to this year as part of its cash saving steps.