REPORT: Growth Forecasted in Mining Equipment Market
The worldwide mining equipment market is forecast to expand 8.6 percent annually in the next three years to U.S. $135 billion, spurred by avid demand for mined materials in China, India, and several other developing nations as industrial output increases. According to new study by GrandView Research, by 2020, the global market for mining equipment is expected to reach U.S. $147.69 billion.
Resource companies are looking to capitalize on new sales opportunities in industrializing and developing countries such as Brazil, China, and India, with China being the largest purchaser. Additionally, demand for machinery such as drilling and earth moving is expected to boost the need for shredders, loaders, and crushers in nations with large deposits of industrial materials, including Australia, Chile, Indonesia, and Peru.
The largest sales growth in the next few years will be in the Asia/Pacific market, which is being fueled by substantial investments in new mine production capacity in several nations. Strong gains will also be recorded in Central and South America, as mining companies look to develop the region's sizable deposits of bauxite, copper, and iron ore, according to a report from the Freedonia Group. The Africa/Mideast region will post the next strongest market advances, followed by Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and North America.
The demand for drills and breakers will continue to increase as will the need for crushing, pulverizing, and screening equipment, which is used in most mining operations. As the world mining output increases so will the strong sales advances for these products.
According to the GrandView Research study, surface mining equipment accounted for over 36 percent of the global market in 2013; and metal mining is expected to be the largest and fastest growing application market over the next six years. In addition, Asia/Pacific accounted for more than 59 percent of global mining equipment demand in 2013, and is expected to dominate the market through 2020.
Major mining equipment companies such as Caterpillar Inc., Komatsu Limited, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Sandvik , and Atlas Copco have the manufacturing and production line capacity, safety qualifications, innovation and technological development, and connections in the emerging markets to capitalize on the growing demand.
The emerging markets need reliable equipment, but are also demanding machinery that is less harmful to the environment and more energy efficient. The companies that provide hybrid technology and embrace sustainability practices will emerge as the leaders for supplying the growing markets.
For instance, Hitachi Construction Machinery has shifted production toward hybrid technology in the earthmoving equipment sector. The new Hitachi hybrid excavators use electric hybrid technology in conjunction with swing momentum to regenerate energy provides the ultimate platform to reducing fuel consumption.
At Caterpillar, the company has developed a hybrid underground mining vehicle that generates less air pollution when combined with proper ventilation. “In the next decade, the most successful companies will be those that integrate sustainability into their core businesses. That’s what we’re doing at Caterpillar, and we are helping our customers do the same,” Caterpillar said in a released statement.
Atlas Copco has introduced a range of electric underground loaders and electric underground trucks, with the company is calling the new “green line.” The new machines reduce emissions to a minimum and contribute to higher productivity.
“Electric power is the future,” said Erik Svedlund, product manager for underground electric loaders and trucks at Atlas Copco. “Environmental considerations are very important. Just by replacing a single diesel loader with an electrically powered loader reduces Co2 emissions equivalent to 140 cars a year. Our new electric vehicles are up to 70 percent more energy efficient than diesel options.”
Coal India Secures First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Deal
Coal India Limited (CIL) has appointed Accenture Solutions to digitally transform seven of its open-cast mines as the company strives to improve performance and increase coal production. Accenture is due to lay down digitalisation groundwork until March 2022.
The deal aims to increase coal production by 100 million tonnes (MT) by the end of FY’23. Once the minimum quantity has been surpassed, an agreed sum will be paid to the consultant for every additional sum of coal produced. This success fee will only be paid on the procurement of the minimum assured quantity.
The move will see heavy earth moving machinery (HEMM) fitted with digital sensors to monitor performance efficiency at all levels. Additionally, modern data analytic techniques aim to increase mine productivity and project monitoring through functional system management and effective observation.
An Exciting Venture For Global Mining
CIL, which aims to provide energy security in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, hopes the move will help transform the entire business of mining operations and ensure higher volumes of coal are acquired at a lower cost.
“This is a first of its kind initiative by the company utilising digitalisation to ramp up coal output,” CIL has said.
A Digital Step Towards Enhanced Performance
Digitalisation is expected to take place at open-cast mines in Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of Southern Eastern Coalfields (SECL), Migahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, and Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL). Nearly 32% (188 MT) of CIL’s 596 MT output in FY’21 was accounted for by the seven selected mines. However, this new deal is set to see a large increase following the subsequent digital changes due to be made.
“Learning from the outcome and success of this model, we may replicate it in our other large mines,” says CIL, optimistic about the future following the modernisation of their mining.
It is expected that the move will help address roadblocks and guarantee corrective measures are put into place, ensuring the company is able to move forward with its aim of increasing output whilst remaining sustainable and eco-friendly.