The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-15T03:31:32Z National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach 2019-05-15T03:31:32Z national-groups-port-to-pit-approach National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach The National Group comprises of leading companies servicing the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. The National Group takes a port-to-pit approach to their operations, with national and international transport an integral part of their business. “Our port-to-pit approach is pivotal to our success” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “With mining often being undertaken in remote locations which are difficult to access, we regularly face the challenge of transporting from their source to their final destination, cost-effectively, timely and safely. The complexities of transport logistics are often miss-understood and cannot be underestimated.” Taking this port-to-pit approach, the National Group regularly delivers equipment nationally and internationally through in-house subsidiaries such as National Heavy Haulage (NHH) and International Global Logistics (IGL). National Heavy Haulage (NHH), part of the National Group transports large and heavy equipment of any size to the remotest locations throughout Australia. NHH regularly conducts route surveys in order to adequately assess the risk and identify the scope of the project. Along with basic necessities such as measuring and securing loads with restraints, considerable planning and transport logistics goes into every haul. There is a standard restriction of 15 tonnes per axle with permit approvals often required from Government authorities such as Main Road Engineers, Inter-State Police and Rail. “We regularly conduct route surveys to ensure the safe passage of large and heavy machines with unusual dimensions” explains Ian Scott, NHH General Manager. “Route planning can help identify and map out potential hazards such as low bridges, low hanging electrical wiring or river crossings that carry weight restrictions.” For example, in late 2018 NHH delivered five Ultra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland. These ‘mammoth’ mining trucks required police escort and road closures to accommodate for the immense size of vehicle components, with hauls taking place over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October 2018. Due to immense size and weight of these vehicles, additional prime movers were attached to ensure load safety, with two truck chassis pulling and one truck pushing the load up the Eton range, with road closures and QLD Police escorts leading the way. “The trucks are some of the largest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonnes so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars” added Mark Ackroyd. “This is not your every-day type of haul, so to manage and deliver a haul of this size is a testament to the professionalism of our team.” NHH regularly liaises with third parties such as Ergon Energy in order to avoid high voltage, low hanging electricity wires during hauls. Due to the intense heat in the Australian summer, power lines can expand, sag and stretch, resulting in low hanging wires that pose a safety hazard. NHH therefore engages the use of a high wire escort that involves raising low hanging wires in order to ensure safe passage of the load. “We are always on tight schedules, with delivery often required in order to meet its next port of call” notes Ian Scott. “We regularly liaise with our sister company International Global Logistics (IGL) as equipment is often en-route to and from international locations. If we experience any type of delays, this has a knock on effect that incurs significant additional costs. We have extensive experience in the heavy haulage of equipment of any size and due to the high stakes involved with heavy haulage, it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave it to the professionals.” International Global Logistics (IGL) is part of the National Group and provides worldwide transportation service for heavy equipment and larger cargo. “IGL is a key link in the transport and logistics chain, we rely heavily on our suppliers and in turn, they rely heavily on us” suggests Dean Sterling, IGL General Manager. “There is a chain of responsibility and any weak link could sabotage the whole operation, pose a significant safety risk or cause expensive and timely delays. Therefore measures must be put into place to manage this inherent risk.” Along with adhering to International Shipping laws, IGL also follows general standard safety procedures that are ‘controllable’, with shipment specific strategic planning also undertaken. IGL also has to take into account natural forces that are ‘uncontrollable’ such as rising and falling tides, large and dangerous swells and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones. “When loading large, heavy and expensive equipment onto a vessel, having a strong relationship with cargo owners, vessel captains and vessel planners is important” notes Dean Sterling. For example, during the recent vessel loading operations of six Komatsu 830E Dump Trucks, IGL had to work with vessel owners and planners in order to lift large heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Exhaustive risk management plans were set in place that involved tandem crane lifts for trucks weighing as much as 140 tonnes, with two cranes required to lift trucks in up to 90km/hour gusting winds. Precision is key and timing is critical in the field of international logistics, with fines for vessel detention upwards of USD $20,000 per day when vessel delays occur. During the development of a vessel charter plan, stages are developed in order to plan for load weights along with lifting diagrams to plan load distribution throughout the vessel. Ballast water is pumped into certain areas of the vessel. This water within the vessels water tanks is used to improve the stability and balancing of the vessel during loading and unloading operations. Uneven weight distribution could cause a vessel to list and sink, which would be catastrophic. This could have a dramatic impact on the wider community or cause disruptions to eco-systems and marine life in extreme cases such as hazardous chemical or oil spills. “Having the timing and planning right from the get go for our port-to-pit approach is essential and this is what we strive to exceed. We make every effort to ensure things run as precise and as smooth as possible, however there are always contingency plans in place to manage and adequately respond to forces that occur beyond our control. Operations are carried out in a proactive and not a reactive manner, with a safety first and a zero harm approach paramount” concludes Dean Sterling. Click here or on the video below to view the haul from port-to-pit. Click here to view more news from the National Group and 'Subscribe' to receive news and updates to your email inbox. Komatsu 830E Haul Liebherr T282C Haul Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at, John Wanna at or Stacey Toskas at +61 029415 4528 New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. NMX, part of the National Group engaged by one of Australia’s leading OEMs as exclusive agency to manage sale of surplus CAT® parts and components 2019-03-12T01:19:26Z nmx-part-of-the-national-group-engaged-by-one-of-australias-leading-oems-as-exclusive-agency-to-manage-sale-of-surplus-cat-r-parts-and-components One of Australia’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) has engaged National Machinery Xchange (NMX), part of the National Group as the exclusive agency to manage the sale of surplus CAT® parts and components. This open market tender received a high level of applications, however NMX part of a larger group of companies known as the National Group secured this tender. NMX, part of the National Group is a leading valuation and auction house for the mining, energy, construction, transport and agricultural industries. NMX regularly holds auctions that caters for buyer and sellers, offering valuation services and finance options such as monthly instalments. “We are very happy to have won this tender, it is a testament to the flexibility of our approach – we don’t just offer services, we work with our clients to devise dynamic and appropriate solutions” explained Simon Brown, NMX General Manager. “NMX developed an appropriate sales and remarketing strategy that included traditional and digital marketing approaches. After evaluating our clients’ needs, we recommended the sale of assets on an ‘as is where is’ basis with the utilisation of the National Group’s wider industry network and communication vehicles. With NMX being part of the National Group of companies, we were also able to offer various benefits, efficiencies and therefore cost savings through complementary entities such as National Heavy Haulage”. “Our approach is not just to offer ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ but to work with clients to offer flexible solutions, something that our competitors are often unable to offer” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “We take this approach for all of our entities such as National Plant & Equipment (NPE), NMX or any company that forms part of the National Group, which has been a key factor for our substantial growth”. Bid on CAT® parts NMX formally opened the tender campaign for the sale of CAT® parts and components on Friday 8th March 2019, with the call for offers ending on Friday 5th April 2019. CAT® parts are currently for sale on an ‘as is where is’ basis, with offers being facilitated through the NMX website. Click here to bid on CAT® parts and components. NMX - Further Information Click here for more information on NMX or subscribe via the NMX website to receive regular updates via email. Click here for more information on upcoming auctions. The next NMX Auction is scheduled for Wednesday 20th March 2019 in Yatala, Gold Coast QLD. For further information contact Simon Brown, National Machinery Xchange (NMX) General Manager on 0467 793 776 or OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T03:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | The rise of the ultra class 2019-02-18T03:10:27Z the-rise-of-the-ultra-class Mining’s upswing in the past couple of years has been good news for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and equipment suppliers. Across the 2016-17 year (the latest full year figures available at the time of writing), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recorded a 38.2 per cent growth in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the mining industry to $83.6 billion. The Queensland resources industry delivered record royalties for the state in 2018. This helped to keep Queensland’s budget in the black, with returns from coal royalty taxes in particular up to a record $4.26 billion. Coal also returned the largest increase in export value for 22 straight months from December 2016. National Group is a mining supplier that has risen to meet the increased demands of the industry’s recovery in the past year. Taking a port-to-pit approach, National Group ships equipment components through in-house company International Global Logistics before it is hauled to mine sites via National Heavy Haulage. Finally, the delivered equipment — and the staff to support it — are managed through National Plant and Equipment (NPE) and National Mining Services (NMS). National Group founder and chief executive officer Mark Ackroyd says the upswing has created more certainty across the whole sector. “In the downturn, all the OEMs and manufacturers saw their new equipment stock deteriorate as they didn’t have as much new stock coming through,” he says. “So now the upswing has come back in, new equipment lead times — even if it’s a smaller machine such as a D10 bulldozer, D11 dozer or grader — can still take 12 months or more because coming out of the OEM factories can take some time. It really depends on the type of equipment.” In particular, the Australian coal sector, which was thought to have flatlined just a few years ago, has enjoyed a major comeback with across-the-board growth. “I think it’s going to be quite stable for quite some years to come,” says Ackroyd. “There’s some new operations starting and others kicked back into gear once the market got a bit more positive. The whole mining market is in a much better position than what it was 12 months ago. “It’s been a focus of ours to spread out to a lot of different commodities. Our work is spread across Australia and there’s gold, iron ore, coal, magnesium, battery metals — we do a bit of everything, including a lot of work in the coal sector.” National Group built significant momentum in the latter half of 2018 with the delivery of several high-profile ultra-class haul trucks, defined as trucks capable of hauling payloads of 290 tonnes or more. Though miners do sometimes buy these trucks outright, rental is an attractive option for companies — even Tier 1 operators — as it provides them with additional flexibility to meet project needs without running the risk of underusing assets. “Capex is still a big concern for any major mining house at the present so sometimes it’s better to lease or hire the equipment as opposed to owning the equipment as lead times for new equipment are quite long,” Ackroyd explains. The company completed two major truck deliveries, one for Anglo American and the other for Idemitsu, in August last year. NPE delivered 12 new Komatsu 830E dump trucks for Anglo American’s Capcoal operation, and an additional four machines down the line for 16 trucks in total. The first batch of 12 trucks was assembled at NPE’s Yatala site in Queensland over two months in late 2017. Ackroyd says lengthy lead times are common for ultra-class deliveries. “Larger equipment can take up to 18 months from date of order to receiving it in the country,” he says. Even large trucks that fall outside the ultra-class bracket, such as 190-tonne capacity models, can take up to nine months in the current market. NPE then delivered three Komatsu 930E trucks (the world’s best-selling ultra-class mine truck) and a Liebherr R 9800 excavator to Idemitsu’s Boggabri coal mine. The company later secured five rental Liebherr T 282 C haul trucks for BHP’s Peak Downs coal mine in the Bowen Basin region of Queensland in November. Liebherr’s T 282 C is considered to have the second largest payload capacity among mine trucks globally with a payload of 363 tonnes, or 400 short tons. National Heavy Haulage organised delivery of the trucks from Mackay to Peak Downs via heavy-duty prime movers in five separate trips across September and October. The journeys required police escorts and road closures to accommodate the immense size of the vehicle components, particularly the chassis and attached wheels. “It’s a fairly big task to organise transport, get them assembled, get them on site — it takes a lot of planning and procedures to do so,” says Ackroyd. The trucks were the last of their type to be delivered to Australia prior to Liebherr’s release of its T 284 successor model. National Group went a step further in December by delivering a Hitachi 5600 excavator to Peak Downs to complement the trucks and a Liebherr R996B excavator to BHP’s sister mine, Poitrel. While 2018 was a year of literal and metaphorical big things for National Group, it isn’t resting on its laurels. Big things are, after all, not known for their agility. National Group plans to keep pace with mining’s ever-expanding automation push with a pivot towards new technologies and innovations in 2019. “That’s a big focus of ours going forward,” says National Group marketing executive Kain Ford. “We want to position ourselves in the market going into technology and innovation.” The company has taken recent strides into the automation arena with an upcoming contractor acquisition, which offers a variety of dozer push, excavation and rehabilitation services in Queensland and New South Wales. “Adding this contractor to the National Group will allow us to deliver additional services in autonomous operations, so it was a logical choice for us,” Ackroyd says. “That direction is where we want to go in the future as well.” Click here to read this article or other news stories like this via the National Group website. Click here to read this story on the Australian Mining website. Click here to read this story in the February 2019 online edition of Australian Mining Magazine. Local Perth businesses supporting each other to serve transport, mining & agriculture 2019-02-14T06:18:05Z local-perth-businesses-supporting-each-other-to-serve-transport-mining-agriculture Twelve years ago ex-Truckline employee Paul Simons set out on his own, using his sought-after expertise to establish Driveshafts Australia. Today, the Western Australian business is well respected for its quality workmanship and responsive timelines. In industries where time matters - mining, transport and agriculture - Paul manages to go the extra mile for his customers; prioritise expertise, quality and innovation; and do his bit for the environment all at the same time. To read more about the principles that set this small business apart please read below or attached. Photos are also attached and available in higher resolution. To arrange an interview with Paul please don't hesitate to contact me. Kind regards, Alison Treloar Seftons | Truckline media relations 02 6766 5222 Driveshafts Australia goes the extra mile for customers with assistance from proven parts provider It’s the day before a long weekend and you’re heading off to catch up with friends. But then a phone call comes in from a customer who’s had a machinery failure and needs help – fast. The afternoon plans are abruptly cut short and it’s back to work. That’s all part of the service for Driveshafts Australia (DSA) whose customers rely on the highest quality product, delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. DSA was established by Paul Simons 12 years ago and specialises in the repair, balance and manufacture of drive shafts, as well as a custom-design service. The DSA team works on all types of drive shafts – from automotive and industrial, to those for heavy vehicles in the transport, mining and agriculture industries - and Paul says his staff understand just how important their job is to the customers who rely on them. It doesn’t matter when an urgent call comes in, it needs to be dealt with – no matter the hour. “The guys know the rules. It could be 3.55pm and we think we’re knocking off at 4 o’clock, but we get a phone call saying a truck’s broken down and that’s it. A couple of guys will stay back and we’ll get the job finished. It’s about providing the quickest service we can to keep people rolling. While the trucks and machines aren’t moving, they’re not making money,” Paul said. Parts are all important to a business like DSA and to ensure they can source the best-quality drive shaft products, at the best price, when they need them, they use Truckline, which has a similar philosophy to Paul’s: get the customer what they need as quickly as possible, with the best advice and support available. It’s no surprise to learn then that Paul was once a Truckline employee, starting with the company 30 years ago and working for them for almost two decades. He said he was taught by some great people at Truckline, who all instilled in him the values of loving what you do, and doing it to the highest standard. Paul said he has a close relationship with his nearest Truckline branch manager and most of the parts they needed were always available from the branch. If not, he said they could rely on Truckline to source them as quickly as possible. “Every month when we put a stock order in, they supply it quickly and ensure everything keeps running smoothly. We know we can count on them,” he said. The drive shaft business is a competitive one and DSA is always striving to go that extra mile in all they do, from customer service, right up to the most technical of design and manufacturing requests. “A lot of people have this idea about drive shafts – ‘oh yeah, it’s only a drive shaft’ – but if the drive shaft is not working properly it can cause a lot of problems,” Paul said. “Transmission problems, differential problems, that kind of thing. That’s why when we started the business we invested in Schenk balancing, which is German technology, They’re one of the leaders in this area, so when you’re doing your balancing, which is one of the most important aspects of it, you know it’s being done right. For a large manufacturing business with the pressure of tight deadlines and maintaining profit margins while remaining competitive, caring for the environment might seem to be the last thing on the priority list, but for DSA it’s always been a consideration. “We’ve had a big solar panel system for quite a few years which is our way of doing something for the environment. People ask ‘how much did that cost you?’ and I say that doesn’t matter. I did it for the reason of reducing our carbon footprint because I think anything you can do, it’s all going to help,” Paul said. Going that extra mile is all part of the DSA philosophy, whether it’s for the sake of the environment or the customer who needs assistance fast. “We take pride in what we do and that’s one of the things I instil in the guys. If you’re not happy with the job you do, don’t expect the customer to be happy with it,” Paul said. “We’re also always learning and looking for new ways of doing things. While some businesses might say ‘sorry we can’t help you’, we think the opposite and say ‘yes, we can help you - we’ll get you going again.” Paul’s Five Business Mantras The customer always comes first Be happy in what you do Be proud of what you do Every day is a new day to learn Pursue your passion ENDS For further information or interview inquiries please contact Alison Treloar, Seftons, on email at or phone 0422 093 639 / 02 6766 5222. Photo Caption: Driveshafts Australia founder Paul Simons. Driveshafts Australia founder Paul Simons (L) with son Marcus Simons. Driveshafts Australia, in Kewdale, is an expert in fast turnaround for transport, mining and agriculture industries. The Driveshafts Australia team take pride in going the extra mile. L-R Jessica May, Rebecca Simons, Gerard Smith, Marcus Simons, Paul Simons, Mark Hughes, Alexander Hunt, Richard Gilmour, Paul Grandin, Geoffrey Gilmour. About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 65 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 23 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 77,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. WA business goes the extra mile for transport, mining & agriculture 2019-02-14T05:56:43Z wa-business-goes-the-extra-mile-for-transport-mining-agriculture kl National Group and BHP pair up in more ways than one to bring in the New Year 2019-01-18T06:55:05Z national-group-and-bhp-pair-up-in-more-ways-than-one-to-bring-in-the-new-year The National Group have closed out a record breaking 2018 and started 2019 off with a bang by delivering a pair of brand new Excavators into Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The first of these Excavators, a Hitachi EX5600, was added to BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs site where the National Group handed over five Liebherr Ultra-Class T 282C Trucks in September of 2018. The second Excavator, a Liebherr R 996B, was delivered to its sister mine Poitrel, part of BHP’s other Queensland joint venture, BHP Mitsui Coal (BMC). The excavator is the first piece of equipment that National Group has at the coal mine. Founder and Managing Director of the National Group, Mark Ackroyd, was there in person to hand over the keys at both locations and was very pleased to further contribute to their already strong relationship established with BHP. “We have been working with BHP for some time now, especially at Peak Downs, so to be adding more equipment there is a testament to the machines we currently have operating for them and speaks volumes of our team on-site who do a great job with maintenance when needed,” he says. “Poitrel on the other hand, we are very excited to be adding our first piece of equipment there and for it to be the ever reliable Liebherr 996 digger. We’re confident they are going to love this machine and hope it is just the beginning of things to come,” says Ackroyd. As you can imagine, bringing such big equipment down under is a very complex process and one that requires a lot of aspects to go right, which is where National Group differentiates themselves from most. They have the capabilities to handle all transport, assembly and delivery, giving their customers peace of mind when securing these long-term rentals. “We know how difficult it can be to get the bigger gear to Australia first of all, let alone having to worry about everything else once it arrives here. That is why we have worked very hard to build brands that complement each other in the entire journey of Port-to-Pit,” Ackroyd explains. National Group are coming off one of their best years to date, however they show no signs of slowing down in 2019 with future plans already to invest in technology and enter the automation space. “The mining industry is now following the technology trend around the world and automation is at the forefront of this, says Ackroyd. “It is all about finding different ways to help your customers succeed and embracing innovation to get that edge over competitors. Watch below to see the full journey from our Head Office to delivery into the Bowen Basin… Click here to view more news from the National Group and Subscribe to receive the latest news to your email inbox. Lucky Minerals Fortuna 3 Concession, Ecuador Exploration Update - El Buitre Target 2019-01-09T03:13:40Z lucky-minerals-fortuna-3-concession-ecuador-exploration-update-el-buitre-target Vancouver, BC, Jan 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Lucky Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: LKY) (OTCPK: LKMNF) (FRA: LKY) ("Lucky" or the "Company") is pleased to announce further results of an on-going geological mapping survey conducted on its Fortuna Project (the "Project") located approximately 60 km south-east of the Town of Cuenca, Ecuador.48 assay results have been received from the November field survey. Assays of less than 50 ppm up to 0.075% Cu (750 ppm), less than 50 ppm up to 0.03% Mo (300 ppm) and 0.01 g/t Au up to 1.21 g/t Au have been reported. Anomalous gold values from 0 of up to 130 ppb have been also reported in the breccias within the Porphyry.Surface prospecting undertaken in early December has located what management believe is a mineralized Porphyry system that displays an ovoid shape being 1.3 km long with an estimated width of 1 km; approximately 90% of the Porphyry signature has been mapped to date. This structure is trending north-west and lies on the junction of two regional NNE and NW structures.During this most recent campaign, B veinlets varying between 1mm to 3mm have been widely observed in the Porphyry as well as major stockworks. The widespread presence of B veins, including some cross-cutting D veins, stockworks and numerous Mo showings indicate that we are on top of the Porphyry system and getting closer to the core of mineralization. It should be noted that no A veins have been encountered yet. Lucky's exploration team believes that this current mapping program has identified a large-scale Porphyry system that will be subjected to detailed and ongoing field follow-up in the coming weeks. 50 mineralized samples from the above referenced B veins have been sent for assaying; results are pending.QUALITY CONTROLRock samples on the Project were assayed by ALS in Lima with preparation performed in Quito. Samples were pulverized with 85% being under 75 microns and assayed by XRF and ICP techniques for multi-elements (four acid digestion) and major oxides. Gold was assayed using a 30g fire assay with AA finish.Exploration program design and interpretation of results is performed by a Qualified person (QP) employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices including the use of standards at every 20 samples.NEXT STEPSStarting early 2019, finalization of the current mapping program will be undertaken along with an airborne geophysical survey. Improvement of the existing dirt road and trails to an all-weather 14 km gravel road will be undertaken upon social approval. Aggressive grid-style sampling will continue on Fortuna 3 as well as regional prospecting on the 40 km major regional NNE structure. Other major regional NNE trending structures observed on the property will also be mapped and sampled.This may be followed by a drilling program later in 2019. Fortuna 3 is one of 12 contiguous concessions which make up the Fortuna Property. Virtually no exploration has been done on these highly prospective concessions. Considerable potential exists for finding significant porphyry and epithermal Cu-Au mineralization throughout the Fortuna concessions."Lucky Minerals is very pleased by the results of this ongoing reconnaissance exploration program and we will continue to characterize in more details the identified porphyry system. We are excited to aggressively explore and prospect other targets on Fortuna 3 as well as on the 11 remaining concessions," says CEO John Mears.About LuckyAn exploration and development company targeting large-scale mineral systems in proven districts with the potential to host world class deposits.The Fortuna ProjectLucky Minerals holds a 100% interest in Fortuna, a 550 km2 property in the heart of a proven and highly mineralized mineral district in Ecuador but which has seen only limited exploration and has never been drilled.Evidence of significant hydrothermal alteration, stockwork, breccias, geochemical anomalies and placer mining supports potential for Cu/Au porphyry systems and epithermal Au deposits similar to numerous multi-million-ounce Au and bulk tonnage Cu deposits ~40km away.This press release has been prepared by Alain Moreau, P.Geo., VP-Exploration at Lucky Minerals Inc., a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101 instrument. For further information, please consult Lucky's website or contact: Tel: 866 924-6484, BEHALF OF THE BOARDJohn MearsChief Executive OfficerFurther information regarding the Company can be found on SEDAR at TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described in Lucky's periodic reports including the annual report or in the filings made by Lucky from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. We seek safe harbor.Lucky Minerals866  RST Formula Speeds Up Haulage Operations During Construction of Perth’s New Airport Link Tunnel by Removing Super-Sticky Clay from Tip Trays 2018-11-29T04:01:36Z rst-formula-speeds-up-haulage-operations-during-construction-of-perth-s-new-airport-link-tunnel-by-removing-super-sticky-clay-from-tip-trays The spoil excavated from Perth’s new airport link tunnel had been causing a major headache for haul trucks, with tonnes of high-grade clay sticking to tipper trays, requiring a tailored solution from leading fine particle specialists Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST). WA Sand Supply & Haulage had been carting away the spoil from boring machines carving out the tunnel and were returning to the collection point with up to 50% of their last load remaining as carryback. By applying RST’s advanced formula Release-It, the cartage contractor achieved a 100% reduction in carryback, an average saving of 10 minutes per haulage cycle and a noticeable reduction in operation costs.  Following this success, WA Sand Supply’s tip trucks are now all equipped with spray systems to apply RST’s Release-It formula and increase productivity across its haulage operations.  Prior to using Release-It the trucks either had to wait in line for an available water cart to wash out the carryback, or return to collect another load with tonnes of spoil stuck in the tray.  Release-It is a recent addition to RST’s suite of material handling solutions, which have been tested and proven to be completely bio-degradable, non-toxic and environmentally safe.  Sprayed onto surfaces to stop material sticking to equipment, Release-It increases the payload size of each haulage cycle, resulting in fewer cycles per job and greatly reducing or totally eliminating expensive and time-consuming cleaning processes. Haul truck driver David McDougall said WA Sand Supply had been contracted to cart the rock, sand and clay carved out by boring machines digging Perth’s new airport link tunnel.  He said the clay was of a very high grade, which was so porous it stuck to the tip trays and slowed haulage operations dramatically.  “Carryback generally causes a lot of problems for haulage operations, from trucks tipping over to major time delays,” Mr McDougall said. “When we applied RST’s Release-It, the clay slid easily off the metal surface, improving the release incredibly. “We started to get full releases, but then ran into trouble with cold, wet weather affecting the formula, so RST sent us an additive and from the next 100 loads we achieved 100% removal of all material. “Release-It saves us around 10 minutes per truckload, so for an average of 12 loads per truck a day, that gives us two extra hours of productivity. “Having that support there from RST has made all the difference – we now use Release-It every day.” Release-It is accomplishing exceptional results with all material types and in a variety of applications that are improving efficiencies in the materials-handling processes. A Queensland quarry operator reported that Release-It was saving around two hours each day by removing the buildup of sticky material in the primary crusher and reducing the time spent cleaning it. RST Operations and Technical Director David Handel said Release-It was an advanced film-forming release agent developed for the complete emptying of bulk materials from haul trucks and equipment such as excavator and loader buckets, conveyor belts, crushers and hoppers. “At RST we specialise in customising our products to suit the many different issues that can arise,” he said. “Excavated materials and environmental conditions are different for every site, which is why we modified the Release-It formula to suit the conditions at Perth’s airport link tunnel. “It was during winter and the cold, wet weather started to have an effect on the solution, with the carryback starting to build up in the trays again. “We sent over an additive to WA Sand Supply and they started achieving a 100% reduction in carryback for every load. “This is another great example of RST’s continual product development and commitment to clients.” Release-It is a recent addition to RST’s suite of material handling solutions, formulated using food-grade technology and tested and proven to be completely bio-degradable, non-toxic and environmentally safe for use in both above and below ground applications. There is no negative effect on material quality, equipment or downstream processing, with users reporting improved productivity, significant decreases in maintenance costs and much greater machinery utilisation. Release-It is also highly effective on heavy clays and asphalt and has even been proven to prevent ore from freezing to truck beds and rail wagons, as well as clay and mud build-up on vehicle undercarriages, which dramatically reduces the need for personnel to manually clean equipment, removing the potential for injuries. RST is a market-leading global environmental specialist company that offers high-performance products, tailor-made mechanical equipment, engineering services and total-managed systems for carryback reduction, dust suppression, water and sediment solutions, road stabilisation and erosion control. Three decades of extensive research and development of formulas and customised mechanical equipment for a broad range of site issues has equipped RST with the expertise and knowledge to provide cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for improved material handling. RST is an Australia business operating internationally in the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Africa, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, contact Reynolds Soil Technologies on (07) 5522 0244 or visit Hitachi Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CSIRO 2018-11-21T02:19:26Z hitachi-signs-memorandum-of-understanding-with-csiro Sydney, November 21, 2018— Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (“CSIRO”) to illustrate a commitment to cooperate in areas of research and development and social innovation through collaborative creation. Examples of potential cooperation identified in the MoU include research and development activities in the fields of Autonomous Systems, Digital Twin, GET Replacement, Material Tracking, Urban Systems, Security, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, and IoT Sensing across primary industries.   “We are delighted to be partnering with CSIRO as we continue to invest our efforts in introducing technologies and systems across Australia that will impact social well-being. This partnership will also enable collaborative efforts with a variety of different stakeholders who are in alliance with CSIRO from different industries and academia,” said Mr. Anand Singh, Executive Director & Director of Operations Hitachi Australia. The MoU was executed by Mr. Atsushi Konishi, Managing Director of Hitachi Australia, and Dr. Larry Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of CSIRO, on Monday, 19 November 2018.  The MoU announcement coincides with the return of the world-renowned Hitachi Social Innovation Forum being held today in Sydney. The forum will take a deep dive into developments around big data analytics, digitalisation, smart cities, and automation. At the event, Dr. Larry Marshall, CEO of CSIRO, will give a keynote address, and Mr. Atsushi Konishi will deliver a welcome speech.    Information about the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2018 SYDNEYcan be found here:   About Hitachi, Ltd.  Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totalled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at # # # Media Contacts:   Anoosha Delpechitra M: 0449758324 That Communications Company    Julia Chalk M: 0402334007 That Communications Company    Lucky Minerals Inc. Identifies a Mineralized Showing Enriched in K-Feldspar and Hydrothermal Biotite on its Fortuna 3 Concession Project in Ecuador 2018-11-20T14:45:43Z lucky-minerals-inc-identifies-a-mineralized-showing-enriched-in-k-feldspar-and-hydrothermal-biotite-on-its-fortuna-3-concession-project-in-ecuador Vancouver, BC, Nov 20, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Lucky Minerals Inc. (TSX.V: LKY) (OTCPK: LKMNF) (FRA: LKY) ("Lucky" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the results of the follow-up geological reconnaissance mapping survey conducted on its Fortuna Project located approximately 60 km south-east of Town of Cuenca, Ecuador. Prospecting and mapping were undertaken based on its previous July mission in the Fortuna 3 concession where combined assays of up to 416 ppm Cu+Mo have been obtained.Additional prospecting and mapping of Area A has identified an altered mineralized granite. Alteration is mainly K-feldspar and hydrothermal biotite with abundant sulphide mineralization. Rocks are intensively altered and fractured. Minerals typical of high temperature environments, such as silica and pyrophyllite, have been recognized in the area. In addition, a mineralized hydrothermal breccia has been discovered with abundant pyrite. The breccia consists of porphyry clasts within an oxidized matrix. This breccia has a minimum length of 200m and a width of 50m.Lucky's exploration team believes that this current reconnaissance mapping is indicating a large-scale doughnut shape structure of at least 1,2 km in diameter. Presence of molybdenite and high Mo/Cu ratio suggests that we are in the top of the system...To View the Entire News Release Please Follow the Link:  acQuire releases GIM Suite 4 for smarter, streamlined geoscience data in the mining industry 2018-11-19T10:21:08Z acquire-releases-gim-suite-4-for-smarter-streamlined-geoscience-data-in-the-mining-industry acQuire, a global specialist in geoscience data management software solutions, has announced the latest release of its leading technology package for natural resources organisations – GIM Suite 4. The software release introduces a powerful new, web-based interface designed for the future which significantly builds on the array of capabilities currently available in the established and trusted GIM Suite software used by miners and explorers globally. GIM Suite 4 now contains two software components – acQuire 4 and Arena – giving companies greater visibility of their geoscience data assets. The introduction of the new interface consolidates and builds upon capabilities previously spread across the software component, Neo Desktop and Neo Web (available in earlier versions of GIM Suite). Database managers now have the ability to configure sophisticated interfaces and work with complex geoscience data directly in a web environment creating a smarter, more streamlined user experience for database managers and end-users. Steve Mundell, acQuire’s Director of Product explains, “We’re excited to introduce the Arena interface into GIM Suite 4. By developing new, advanced functionality in the web environment, our latest release is an important step on our technology roadmap journey to the mine of the future. More complex deposits are requiring smarter mining and geoscience data can inform optimisations elsewhere in the mining value-chain. GIM Suite 4 makes geoscience data more accessible and visible to help drive these optimisations.” In addition to the new interface, new web capabilities means major improvements for creating scaled log reports. Resources companies often need to create and print their scaled logs for a range of industry requirements, from matching preferred company formats to meeting statutory requirements. Database managers now have the flexibility to create logs in their chosen format with GIM Suite 4’s new features. GIM Suite 4 continues to build on acQuire’s mature third-party technology program and introduces more software integrations. Enhanced web-based integration with Coreshed gives users improved ways to view core imagery in scaled logs. Customers can also integrate sensor data from IMDEXHUB-IQ, a software product developed by technology partner, IMDEX Limited. IMDEXHUB-IQ is a secure cloud-based database providing secure access to data transmitted from a range of sub-surface instrumentation, analytical instruments and mobile form data inputs. Data generated from Imdex’s sensors flow from the field directly into GIM Suite 4 providing a fast and transparent data exchange. Consistent and rich meta-data is included in the transfer, providing chain of custody information from the field to the database. Steve Mundell, Director of Product, acQuire Technology Solutions says, “GIM Suite 4 continues to build on our commitment to providing market-leading software. “We recommend our customers upgrade as soon as possible to start experiencing the benefits of the latest technology and take full advantage of the improvements.” acQuire provide geoscience data management software and services for the global mining industry with five offices worldwide, with customer support centers operating in each major time zone. To learn more about GIM Suite 4, watch the video or view the latest software release page. Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T01:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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