The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-13T02:15:27Z Milestone shipment of Bridgestone off-the-road tyres arrives in Port Hedland WA 2021-01-13T02:15:27Z milestone-shipment-of-bridgestone-off-the-road-tyres-arrives-in-port-hedland-wa Milestone shipment of Bridgestone tyres arrives in Port Hedland The first shipment of Bridgestone off-the-road (OTR) tyres from Japan arrived in Port Hedland Monday evening which marks the company’s first direct and recurring maritime freight service in the Pilbara. “We are delighted with our inaugural direct freight service to Port Hedland which brings several benefits to our customers and the region as a whole,” said Gerry Duffy, Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia (BMSA) Chief Executive Officer. “The direct freight service aims to increase customer value by reducing the time and distance that tyres need to travel to their sites while improving safety and environmental outcomes”, Duffy added. Previously, Bridgestone Japan shipped OTR tyres to Fremantle which were then transported by customers to their respective sites in the Pilbara. With the new direct freight service, truck movements between Fremantle and the Pilbara will be reduced. The milestone shipment includes a range of Bridgestone OTR tyres from 24 to 63 inches in diameter. After clearance, the tyres will be stored at the BMSA Pilbara Mining Solution Centre (PMSC) in Wedgefield. Roger Johnston, Pilbara Ports Authority Chief Executive Officer also added, “Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) is pleased to be facilitating direct freight shipments as a result of upgrades to our port’s biosecurity facilities.” PPA’s biosecurity certification gives importers certainty that a wider range of products, including containerised cargo such as tyres, can now enter Australia through the Port of Port Hedland. About BMSA BMSA support industries across the country through a unique business model combining products, maintenance and services. The PMSC is the first mining solution centre in the world to be certified by Bridgestone Japan.  Opened in 2017, the PMSC was based on the concept of “Pit to Port,” supplying products used in these facilities such as tyres, hydraulic hoses and conveyor belts as well as providing related services on a one-stop basis. These services include tyre fitting, tyre repair, wheel repair, wheel maintenance and conveyor belt maintenance. PMSC partners with customers in managing their mining facilities to improve productivity, increase asset value and optimise costs.  For more company news, visit bridgestoneminingsolutions.com.au IMAGES https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e5a4foebl0ldpu7/AAB9T2BHxJVgUS0vw0q9i3hLa?dl=0 Q&A information is available on request. For further media information please contact: Contact details :  Lorenzo Gella (lorenzogella@bsem.com.au) Phone: (02) 9722 6183           acQuire Technology Solutions acquires environmental information management software, EnviroSys 2021-01-12T02:26:13Z acquire-technology-solutions-acquires-environmental-information-management-software-envirosys acQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd (acQuire), a global specialist in geoscientific information management software solutions, has acquired the environmental and water quality data management software EnviroSys from SRA Information Technology Pty Ltd (SRA). The acquisition adds an environmental and monitoring solution to acQuire’s existing product suite. EnviroSys is an environmental compliance management and monitoring software product, used by mining, government, water and energy companies. It’s a flexible, comprehensive and accessible product enabling customers to capture, analyse and produce compliant reports on their projects. The software solution is used mostly in Australia. EnviroSys is highly complementary to acQuire’s flagship product, GIM Suite, and strengthens acQuire’s competitive edge and position as an industry leader in geoscientific information management solutions for the natural resources industry. SRA CEO Steve Rowe said, “With EnviroSys’ growing success and continually improving product, it was important for EnviroSys to find a new partner to maximise its growth potential, not only in Australia but globally. We see further opportunities for both companies and will partner on future opportunities and projects.”  “We are very excited to welcome the EnviroSys team into the acQuire family. They are an excellent fit for the acQuire brand with an innovative and modern software solution and we look forward to growing their excellent product and reputation under our ownership,” acQuire CEO Alison Atkins said. “Our success as a global provider of geoscientific information management solutions, plus being backed by Vela Software, means we can leverage shared services, expertise, and partnerships to extend the EnviroSys product into new areas. We see fresh opportunities to deliver the EnviroSys technology to more companies across the globe and create a connected product suite to benefit our existing and future customers.” If you have any questions about this acquisition, or the capabilities of acQuire’s products, please contact the acQuire team at info@acquire.com.au or visit the acQuire website at www.acquire.com.au. Wolff Mining continues to breaks records at BMA Saraji Mine 2020-12-03T03:44:03Z wolff-mining-continues-to-breaks-records-at-bma-saraji-mine Wolff Mining, part of the National Group is well known for their heavy earthmoving capabilities. They are a key supplier of heavy earthmoving equipment to the mining sector on a dry hire or wet hire basis, with drilling equipment and services being no exception. For the past 16 months, Wolff Mining has been assisting BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Saraji in a sprint drilling capacity, providing drilling equipment and full contract mining services. Wolff Mining currently supplies BMA Saraji with a Cat M6420B Drill with GPS, and provides operational labour such as supervisors, drillers and fitters. The M6420B is one of Cat’s heavy duty drills designed for open pit mining, delivering reliable performance and operational safety. It is one of the favoured models by drillers around the world and encompasses leading features from the ultra-class to the mid-size rotary drill line. Some of the advanced features available include improved fuel efficiency, electro-hydraulic controls that provide increased operator safety and precision, computer controlled drilling, enhanced diagnostics and autonomous ready functions. November drilling at BMA Saraji has been undertaken in 270mm holes ranging in depth from 30m to 65+m in tertiary material. Wolff Mining recently achieved a milestone of 43,794 drilled metres (dm) for the month of November, beating the previous record of 41,500dm at BMA Saraji. “The performance of our Cat M6420B Drill has been exceptional” notes Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “It is very rare that a drilling company exceeds 40,000dm a month, so breaking the site record of 41,500dm at BMA Saraji and setting a new record of 43,794dm for the month of November is a great achievement”. “To achieve a milestone such as this takes a highly skilled and motivated team and a high quality piece of mining machinery such as the Cat M6420B Drill. I would like to congratulate the team here at Wolff Mining for their outstanding efforts and praise the performance of the CAT Drill” says Ackroyd. “Wolff Mining has continued to grow from strength to strength, with an expanding team and a growing fleet of mining equipment. 2020 has turned out to be an interesting year full of surprises, but it’s no surprise that we have continued to grow even during these challenging times”. “Working at BMA Saraji has been a pleasure and we look forward to continuing our work within the BMA group. We are dedicated to repeating these results, pushing the boundaries of possibilities and breaking new records into the future” concludes Ackroyd. Read MoreClick here to view more news from the National Group.Media ContactsContact us for more information on this story or to arrange an interview with Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director.Contact Lee Edmondson or Kain Ford, National Group Marketing Executives on marketing@national-group.co or 1300 096 618. Claroty Partners with CrowdStrike to Protect Industrial Control System Environments 2020-11-23T01:13:40Z claroty-partners-with-crowdstrike-to-protect-industrial-control-system-environments Claroty, the global leader in operational technology (OT) security, today announced it is partnering with CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and workload protection, on an integration between The Claroty Platform and the CrowdStrike Falcon platform. This integration delivers comprehensive visibility into industrial control system (ICS) networks and endpoints, with a one-stop-shop for information technology (IT) and OT asset information directly within The Claroty Platform. It also delivers enhanced detection of ICS threats across the IT/OT boundary without the need for added connectivity, signature reconfiguration, or manual updates. The result is more effective and efficient IT/OT security governance and strengthened security posture spanning all connected sites. Digital transformation has caused once-isolated OT networks to become interconnected with the rest of the enterprise through the IT network, and the COVID-19-induced shift to remote work has accelerated IT/OT convergence even more. These conditions have expanded the attack surface within ICS networks, giving threats such as ransomware clear pathways across the IT/OT boundary. At the same time, IT and security operations center (SOC) teams are increasingly responsible for protecting these new pathways, but they are hindered by the lack of integration between their OT tools and traditional IT security tools to provide effective measures for doing so. “In 2020, the top sector being hit with ransomware is manufacturing,” said Dawn Cappelli, VP Global Security and CISO of Rockwell Automation. “It is imperative that we secure the converged IT/OT environment, and the integration of Claroty and CrowdStrike brings two of the top security technologies together to do just that.” By combining Claroty’s OT expertise, threat signature database, and asset discovery and monitoring technology with CrowdStrike’s industry-leading IT endpoint telemetry, derived from 4 trillion endpoint-related signals per week from across the globe, the joint solution delivers full-spectrum IT/OT visibility and threat detection coverage for ICS networks. “Effectively protecting modern ICS networks requires IT and SOC teams to have a complete inventory of both IT and OT assets, as well as the ability to detect, assess, and mitigate threats and the corresponding risks they face,” said Matthew Polly, Vice President of Worldwide Alliances, Channels and Business Development at CrowdStrike. “This integration with Claroty allows our customers to leverage the CrowdStrike Falcon platform to improve the security posture of their OT environments, bridging the gap between IT and OT.” Key capabilities include: Threat Detection: By fusing CrowdStrike’s ability to identify targeted and compromised endpoints with Claroty’s extensive OT monitoring capabilities, the two companies have created an extensive and actionable IT/OT threat signature database for ICS networks. All signatures can be immediately pushed from The Claroty Platform’s Enterprise Management Console (EMC) to all connected sites in just one click. Asset Discovery and Enrichment: Claroty can automatically identify and enrich IT-oriented ICS assets, such as human machine interfaces (HMIs), historian databases, and engineering workstations (EWs), in which a CrowdStrike agent is installed. Claroty fetches the IT specific properties from the asset as well as the unique manufacturer configuration file from CrowdStrike and then parses that file, without needing to connect to the ICS network. “One of the most impactful benefits of The Claroty Platform is that it can leverage existing IT security infrastructure to protect OT assets and networks,” said Galina Antova, Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Claroty. “This particular integration is uniquely beneficial to Claroty customers because it is the first in which data flows into The Claroty Platform rather than from it, making it a comprehensive repository of both IT and OT asset information. We are very proud to join forces with CrowdStrike to make our comprehensive OT security capabilities more accessible to IT and SOC teams, at a time when they are entrusted with protecting OT more than ever before.” To learn more about the CrowdStrike-Claroty joint solution, download the integration brief or visit the Claroty blog. On Thursday, December 3, Claroty and CrowdStrike will host a webinar, “Extending Security Controls to OT Networks with the CrowdStrike-Claroty Joint Solution.” Register here. About Claroty Claroty bridges the industrial cybersecurity gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. Organisations with highly automated production sites and factories that face significant security and financial risk especially need to bridge this gap. Armed with Claroty’s converged IT/OT solutions, these enterprises and critical infrastructure operators can leverage their existing IT security processes and technologies to improve the availability, safety, and reliability of their OT assets and networks seamlessly and without requiring downtime or dedicated teams. The result is more uptime and greater efficiency across business and production operations. Backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, Claroty is deployed on all seven continents globally. The company is headquartered in New York City and has received $100 million in funding since being launched by the famed Team8 foundry in 2015. For more information, visit www.claroty.com. The stage is set for economic recovery led by the mining industry 2020-11-16T00:23:53Z the-stage-is-set-for-economic-recovery-led-by-the-mining-industry As Australia gets on top of the second wave of COVID-19, the stage is set for economic recovery led by the mining industry. On 30 October, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released economic data that has confirmed the importance of the mining industry to the Australian economy. Despite the overall economy contracting, mining industry GDP increased 4.9 per cent in 2019-20 which totalled $202 billion. This also made mining Australia’s largest industry with a 10.4 per cent share of the economy. COVID-19 has changed the way businesses operate, but executives must now look beyond the pandemic to other global issues that will shape the industry beyond 2020. According to a study prepared by Wood & Mackenzie in November 2020 for the National Group, Australia is as a leading global commodity producer and is currently the largest exporter of metallurgical coal and iron ore and the largest producer of bauxite. In August, Iron ore prices leapt to multi-year highs due to increased demand from China, with the price of gold hitting an all-time high in early August. In times of uncertainty, investors have historically turned to gold as a safe haven during downturns, volatility or crisis. However, some analysts predict that gold’s rally is far from over. Prices are expected to remain high through the remainder of 2020. Global seaborne demand for iron ore and steel is expected to grow, with growth expected from Southeast Asia. Despite its economic slowdown, China will continue to be the largest iron ore consuming nation for the foreseeable future. Australia is expected to continue to dominate the global supply of metallurgical coal and iron ore, which is primarily driven by steel demand. Iron ore is a key raw material necessary for the production of crude steel, with demand for steel driven by factors including urbanisation and industrial production, which is commonly used in the construction, machinery and automotive sectors. Over the next decade, steel consumption is expected to grow, which is expected to drive continued growth in steelmaking capacity and therefore metallurgical coal demand. With Australia ahead of the curve in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic and with the mining industry now the biggest contributor to the growth of the economy as a whole, it’s time to turn our focus onto the longevity of the industry, prepare for future challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Click here to read the full article.  acQuire and Imago join forces in new technology partnership to improve integration of geological data 2020-11-03T05:50:14Z acquire-and-imago-join-forces-in-new-technology-partnership-to-improve-integration-of-geological-data acQuire announces a collaboration with Imago, a USA technology company dedicated to providing high-performance viewing of geological core and chip images from any location. The new integration gives GIM Suite customers the ability to view high-quality images alongside their geoscientific data. The Imago integration will be launched as part of GIM Suite’s next release – GIM Suite 4.3 – available in late November 2020. PERTH, Australia (04 November 2020) – acQuire and Imago announce a new technology partnership allowing GIM Suite customers to view high-quality images within GIM Suite’s web interface.  The new dynamic image integration improves the productivity of geology professionals, the accuracy of their geoscientific information and the ease in which they manage geological data. “The collaboration is part of acQuire’s ongoing strategy to develop greater connectivity between software developed for the mining industry,” says Steve Mundell, acQuire’s Director of Product. “Organisations are using Imago to store and catalogue their imagery so it made a lot of sense to make those images available when our customers are using GIM Suite.” “Geologists find value in having the data and imagery displayed together so they can quickly validate and verify any anomalies or find issues,” Steve says. The Imago integration with GIM Suite allows geoscientists and geotechs to improve data quality. Available imagery is displayed alongside the drillhole interval captured in GIM Suite, making it easy to crosscheck.    “The integration with GIM Suite improves productivity and collaboration no matter where you’re working,” says Federico Arboleda, Imago’s founder. “You’re able to perform digital quality checks from the office, rather than in the coreshed, rig, or in the field. “It’s one of the most streamlined ways available in the mining industry today for viewing images and matching it to geological data,” Federico says. The new integration is part of GIM Suite 4.3, the next release of acQuire’s geoscientific information management software, scheduled for late November 2020. “We’re pleased to be working with Imago to give GIM Suite customers an enhanced view of their data while increasing the value of their technology investments,” Steve says. “Our goal is to provide a single source of truth of geological data, and making Imago imagery available to geoscientists helps them better understand exactly what their data is telling them.” Both acQuire and Imago have offices around the world to provide support for the global mining industry. Sign up to acQuire’s newsletter to stay informed about the Imago integration and any future product updates. If you would like to know more about technology partnerships, head to acQuire’s technology partnership page. Couloir Capital Ltd. is pleased to announce the initiation of research coverage on Challenger Exploration Ltd. 2020-10-26T16:17:09Z couloir-capital-ltd-is-pleased-to-announce-the-initiation-of-research-coverage-on-challenger-exploration-ltd      Vancouver, BC, Oct 26, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Couloir Capital Ltd. is pleased to announce the initiation of research coverage on Challenger Exploration Ltd. (ASX: CEL). The initial report is titled, "High-Grade Argentine Gold Project, Ecuadorian Project Next to 17-Million-Ounce Gold Deposit." About Challenger Exploration Ltd.Challenger Exploration Ltd. is a precious metals explorer with a focus on gold and gold-copper projects in Latin America. The company's flagship Hualilan Property is a gold exploration asset in the San Juan Province of Argentina which carries a non-compliant historical resource of 627,000 ounces at 13.7 g/t Au. The company also has the El Guayabo Project in Ecuador, which is less than 10 km from the 17-million-gold ounce Cangrejos Project.About Couloir Capital Ltd.Couloir Capital Ltd. is an investment research firm comprised of a team of veteran investment professionals dedicated to providing world-class opportunities in the natural resource exploration and development sectors along with real and alternative asset classes and strategies. Couloir Capital Ltd. is affiliated with a registered securities dealer, Couloir Capital Securities Ltd., and an investment entity, the West Cirque Fund Limited Partnership.For further information, or to subscribe and receive a copy of the report please contact:Rob Stitt, Managing Director, Couloir Capital Ltd.Email: rstitt@couloircapital.comwww.couloircapital.comAnalyst Disclosure: The analyst and/or affiliated companies do not hold shares in the subject issuer but expect to after its clients have had an opportunity to trade. EHS Data announces new project with existing client, Evolution Mining. 2020-10-21T16:13:51Z ehs-data-announces-new-project-with-existing-client-evolution-mining Evolution Mining has evolved from a mid-tier gold producer into a global gold mining business with a reputation of sustainable excellence and outstanding environmental performance. Embracing technology and innovation is important to the success of Evolution Mining, and the MonitorPro environmental data management solution is already active in all of their Australian operations. The environmental monitoring and reporting at their newly acquired asset in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada has been streamlined in accordance with their environmental assurance program, with effective management and monitoring of the environmental risk across the entire organisation. "We are proud that out MonitorPro system is highly regarded by Evolution Mining and we look forwrd to working with the new Canadian environmental team." Phil Ely - Managing Director, EHS Data. Using the latest version of MonitorPro, the environmental team will benefit from powerful satellite imagery and state-of-the-art mapping technology that will further optimise their environmental data. Combined with the EHS Data perpetual hosting option, the MonitorPro solution will assist with long term data monitoring plus the management and reporting of obligations and compliance. Over the past 20 years, EHS Data has developed a set of innovative tools and dynamic dashboards which provide environmental teams across a variety of industries, and easy to use and highly configurable centralised source of data, eliminating the manual process of inputting data into spreadsheets. About Evolution Mining Evolution Mining is a leading, growth-focused, mid-tier Australian gold miner. Evolution operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Mt Carlton and Mt Rawdon in Queensland, Mungari in Western Australia, and Red Lake in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Evolution holds an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. In FY20 Evolution reported an underlying net profit after tax of A$405 million. The focus of Evolution Mining is on operating its projects safely and sustainably in the community and developing them to their full potential. About MonitorPro The complete, professional environmental data monitoring solution, MonitorPro is the IT solution trusted by environmental teams worldwide to manage their environmental compliance and data collection. MonitorPro is a web-based or locally hosted solution for the collation of ALL sources of environmental data, where it is generated by loggers, laboratories, weather stations, calculations, or other data repositories. MonitorPro is the first EHS Software solution to receive an MCERTS accreditation from the Environmental Agency.  Majority of Industrial Enterprises Face Increase in Cyber Threats Since COVID-19 Pandemic Began 2020-10-06T23:45:12Z majority-of-industrial-enterprises-face-increase-in-cyber-threats-since-covid-19-pandemic-began Claroty, the global leader in operational technology (OT) security, today released updated research on the state of industrial cybersecurity worldwide, which found that a majority (56%) of information technology (IT) and OT security professionals at industrial enterprises have seen an increase in cybersecurity threats since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Additionally, 70% have seen cyber criminals using new tactics to target their organisations in this timeframe. The Critical Convergence of IT and OT Security in a Global Crisis report is based on a global, independent survey of 1,100 full-time IT and OT security professionals who own, operate, or otherwise support critical infrastructure components within large enterprises across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, examining how their concerns, attitudes, and experiences have changed since the pandemic began in March. Responses from IT and OT security professionals in Australia and New Zealand reveal: Almost 65% said their IT and OT networks are “completely connected,” yet only 8% are prioritising OT security 81% agree IT and OT have become more connected and 92% agree they will become even more connected as a result of the pandemic 81% have found the collaboration between the IT and OT teams within their organisation more challenging during the pandemic Across the globe, COVID-19 has led cyber criminals to use new tactics and organisations to become more vulnerable to cyber attacks, with 56% of global respondents saying that their organisation has experienced more cyber security threats since the pandemic began. Further, almost three-fourths (72%) reported that their jobs have become more challenging. COVID-19 has clearly had an impact on IT/OT convergence, as two-thirds (67%) say that their IT and OT networks have become more interconnected since the pandemic began and more than 75% expect they will become even more interconnected as a result of it. While IT/OT convergence unlocks business value in terms of operations efficiency, performance, and quality of services, it can also be detrimental because threats – both targeted and non-targeted – can move freely between IT and OT environments. “While we would be short-sighted to think that we won’t have more challenges as we continue to face unknowns from this pandemic, protecting critical infrastructure is especially important in a time of crisis,” said Yaniv Vardi, CEO of Claroty. “As large enterprises are trying to improve their productivity by connecting more OT and IoT devices and remotely accessing their industrial networks, they are also increasing their exposure as a result. OT security needs to be brought to the fore and made a priority for all organisations. Attackers know that IT networks are covered with cyber security solutions so they’re moving to exploit vulnerabilities in OT to gain access to enterprise networks. Not protecting OT is like protecting a house with state-of-the-art security and alarm systems, but then leaving the front door open.” In terms of industries, globally the respondents ranked pharmaceutical, oil & gas, electric utilities, manufacturing, and building management systems as the top five most vulnerable to attack. Most regions followed similar patterns, identifying three to five industries clustered closely toward the top of the list. The exceptions are the DACH region, where oil & gas clearly holds the top spot at 36%, and Singapore, where pharmaceutical is at 22%. Claroty improves the availability, safety, and reliability of OT assets and networks within industrial enterprises and critical infrastructure. The Claroty Platform provides comprehensive OT asset and network visibility, segmentation, vulnerability management, threat detection, risk assessment, and Secure Remote Access (SRA) capabilities — all within a single, agentless solution. Unique to Claroty, SRA provides a single, secure, and clientless interface through which all external users connect prior to performing software upgrades, periodic maintenance, and other support activities on assets within OT networks. This is all enriched by the company’s award-winning OT security research department. For in-depth analysis into the findings, along with full survey data, The Critical Convergence of IT and OT Security in a Global Crisis report is available here. About Claroty Claroty bridges the industrial cybersecurity gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. Organisations with highly automated production sites and factories that face significant security and financial risk especially need to bridge this gap. Armed with Claroty’s converged IT/OT solutions, these enterprises and critical infrastructure operators can leverage their existing IT security processes and technologies to improve the availability, safety, and reliability of their OT assets and networks seamlessly and without requiring downtime or dedicated teams. The result is more uptime and greater efficiency across business and production operations. Backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, Claroty is deployed on all seven continents globally. The company is headquartered in New York City and has received $100 million in funding since being launched by the famed Team8 foundry in 2015. For more information, visit www.claroty.com. National Group supplies Liebherr R 9200 Excavator to Gold Mine in New South Wales 2020-09-15T22:23:17Z national-group-supplies-liebherr-r-9200-excavator-to-gold-mine-in-new-south-wales National Group, through National Plant & Equipment continues to be a key supplier of the latest heavy earthmoving equipment to the mining industry, including the Liebherr R 9200 Excavator to an open-cut gold mine in Western New South Wales. The Liebherr R 9200 Excavator offers the biggest payload in its class with the 12.5-cubic-metre bucket capacity, enabling sustainable performance and peak fuel burn efficiency in the most challenging conditions. Featuring Liebherr’s outstanding reliability and easy serviceability, this allows maximum uptime for mining operations, leading to more sustainable and cost-effective operations. Boasting the Cummins QSK38 engine, with a rating of 810kW at 1800 revolutions per minute, the powerful R 9200 is available powered by both diesel and electric motors. The R 9200 can also be fitted with backhoe and face shovel attachments, giving it a bucket capacity and shovel capacity of 12.50 cubic metres at 1.8 tonnes per cubic metres. So far, both the National Group and Liebherr have received positive feedback on the R 9200 from users, which are impressed by its operator friendly features. National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd said the arrival of the Liebherr R 9200 had further diversified the company’s already impressive fleet of equipment. “The feedback from site is that the Liebherr R 9200 has been very well received,” Ackroyd tells Australian Mining. “Our customers have been impressed with the performance of the Liebherr R 9200, it’s a very good machine and is competitive with other machines of a similar size and type.” In addition to the quality Liebherr features, National Group is known across Australia for its dry hire of heavy earthmoving equipment, helping mining companies improve their onsite efficiencies without putting undue stress on their operating budget. This is particularly relevant presently as the coronavirus pandemic has led to economic uncertainty around the globe, meaning some companies have had to be mindful of how much capital they allocate to certain projects. “National Plant & Equipment, part of the National Group specialises in the dry hire of heavy earthmoving equipment,” Ackroyd says. “We continue to be a key supplier of mining equipment to the industry and through our expansive fleet of heavy mining equipment, we can offer industry leading availability. “Renting equipment enables a company to increase their efficiency, and improve the productivity of their mining operations in reaction to fluctuating commodity prices. “Giving mining companies the option to rent versus buying equipment means they can remain agile and nimble, regardless of the environment we are in.” With gold prices reaching all-time highs of more than $US2000 ($2763) per ounce, iron ore prices soaring to almost $US110 per tonne and copper prices rebounding to highs of $US6362 per tonne as Chinese demand has recovered, the mining industry continues to be as strong as ever. “The price of metals such as iron ore and gold are soaring at the moment” Ackroyd explains. “We have developed strong strategic partnerships with clients who operate across both commodities and it has been great to see them experiencing exponential growth. Working alongside Liebherr, National Group selected the R 9200 excavator for site, applying the joint understanding of the mine, the work being completed there and previous success using Liebherr equipment. “Liebherr’s relationship with National, and understanding of the gold mine site requirements allowed us to put forward the appropriate sized excavator and tailored bucket size to suit both National’s and site’s requirements,” Liebherr-Australia major account manager Ben Kerr explains. “The addition of this R 9200 to National’s fleet further expands their range of mining equipment, building on the strong relationship and ease of doing business between the two companies.” National Plant & Equipment continues to be a key supplier of heavy earthmoving equipment to the mining industry, providing the industry with a reliable equipment solution, without overstretching its budget. Read MoreClick here to view more news from the National Group.Media ContactsContact us for more information on this story or to arrange an interview with Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director.Contact Lee Edmondson or Kain Ford, National Group Marketing Executives on marketing@national-group.co or 1300 096 618. Global trends in mining equipment and transport logistics 2020-08-23T23:00:21Z global-trends-in-mining-equipment-and-transport-logistics Mining equipment is one of the world’s largest industries valued in 2019 at US$144.37 billion. Research by Grand View predicts significant growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7% from 2020 to 2027 for surface mining equipment such as excavators, trucks and dozers. Grand View also identified a paradigm shift from traditional underground mining to open-pit mining, with advancements in technologies and autonomous equipment expected to play a larger role in the mining industry of the future. Hitachi Construction Machinery recently announced their intention to trial autonomous, heavy earthmoving hydraulic excavators in Australia. Trials are expected to commence in April 2021 according to a Hitachi spokesperson, with safety and increased mine site productivity being a key benefit. Hitachi excavators will be equipped with operator support systems such as a collision-avoidance system with other mining equipment in order to improve mine site safety. Wolff Mining, part of the National Group are well-known in the Australian mining industry for their implementation and optimisation of semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology. In association with Caterpillar on their Cat Command for Dozing module, Wolff Mining’s technology is a world’s-first application into a mining production environment, providing the ability for one operator to control up to four dozers from a control room. Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director suggests that “the mining industry faces challenges, some that autonomous equipment will solve. Wolff Mining’s autonomous dozer push for instance continues to increase safety, productivity and mine site efficiency. It has also enabled mine sites to continue to operate whilst some operations elsewhere have ceased due to the current situation. Another key factor that will always have a significant impact on the mining industry as a whole is the value of commodities, which can impact mining companies all the way down to an operational level.” “If the value of a particular commodity is high, this is an attractive prospect for mining companies and will encourage them to increase their volume of mining for that particular resource, at that particular time. We have seen the price of iron ore skyrocket during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which companies such as Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) have benefitted from. Gold is another stand out, which recently reached over US$2,000 per ounce. Mining companies such as Evolution Mining are well placed at the moment due to the high price of Gold. But due to the volatility of commodity prices and other known or unknown global factors, the future is not always certain.” “National Plant & Equipment, part of the National Group specialises in the dry hire of heavy mining equipment, a model that many companies are adopting versus buying their own equipment. Following a renting model can help mining companies free up capital expenditure, in order to keep something in reserve to pursue other more attractive ventures. Due to this fact, many mining companies are actually choosing to dispose of their mining equipment and rent instead.” “National Machinery Xchange, part of the National Group caters for the growing need for mining companies to dispose of mining equipment in order to raise capital and reduce costs through leasing versus buying equipment” notes Ackroyd. But with all this being said, whether you rent or buy mining equipment, there is another problem that requires a solution. How do you get some of the largest machines of the planet, from one side of the globe to the other, effectively and without incident, time after time? The Liebherr 9800 Excavator for instance can take up to 18 months to manufacture and can weigh an astonishing 800 tons. Equipment of this size is unable to be transported in one piece due to the sheer size and the nature of the logistics involved. It is therefore transported in parts and assembled on site at its final destination. Few understand the logistics involved in heavy haulage, with multi transport modes often required and global logistics management an integral part of the process. Haulage companies regularly have to liaise with government departments including local councils, with relationships, industry knowledge and extensive planning key to success. Police escorts and road closures are often required in order to move some of the largest loads to some of the most remote places and harshest climates in Australia, and indeed the world. “Forward planning is key to the successful delivery of heavy mining equipment” suggests Ian Scott, General Manager of National Heavy Haulage, part of the National Group. “Before we even think about transporting equipment, it is important that we survey the surrounding environment and transportation routes proposed before proceeding to the actual haul itself. All relevant parties must be kept informed, which includes the Department of Transport and State or Territory Police.” Alongside national heavy haulage, often comes international shipping. Overseas transport poses a whole host of other factors that need to be accounted for and often works hand in hand with domestics heavy haulage when it comes to international transportation. “International delivery very much operates in a chain structure” suggests Dean Sterling, General Manager of International Global Logistics, part of the National Group. “Each link in the chain of events relies heavily on the next, in order to ensure adherence to tight delivery schedules and more importantly, safety for all parties involved. Multi-transportation modes are common practice, with equipment often reaching the port by road, rail or sea before it continues its journey to its final destination.” “Like with national transport of heavy equipment, largo cargo for international transport must clear customs and satisfy security laws, with good relationships with the relevant authorities a must.” In summary, Mark Ackroyd explains that “mining is a complex industry where the stakes are high and the rewards great. It takes meticulous planning and flawless execution in order to succeed, with the logistics chain only as strong as its weakest link. The future of mining is both exciting and uncertain. The rise of autonomous mining equipment is promising; it will help improve safety and create efficiencies not seen previously. But past and present global events will forever remind us that the future is not always certain and that planning is key to the long term success of any operation.” Claroty and Check Point Software Technologies Partner to Secure Industrial Control Networks 2020-08-11T23:59:19Z claroty-and-check-point-software-technologies-partner-to-secure-industrial-control-networks Claroty, the global leader in operational technology (OT) security, today announced its partnership with Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally. The technical alliance between the two companies gives enterprises and critical infrastructure operators the real-time cybersecurity and visibility they need to protect OT and industrial control system (ICS) networks from cyber attacks.This announcement follows the release of Check Point’s Internet of Things (IoT) Protect solution, which prevents IoT cyber attacks by adapting protections to any IoT or OT device across smart-office, smart-building, medical, and industrial environments. As one of Check Point’s technology partners, Claroty supports the discovery and classification of OT devices in a variety of verticals, giving Check Point customers an integrated end-to-end security solution.“We are excited to bring Claroty to our customers as part of Check Point’s IoT Protect Discovery program,” said Russ Schafer, Head of Product Marketing at Check Point. “The combination of Claroty’s Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) and Check Point’s IoT Protect threat prevention solution provides our industrial customers the visibility, security, and automation to protect networks from emerging IoT threats."“At Claroty, we pride ourselves on being able to integrate with the top platform providers to ensure our customers are leveraging the highest levels of security from these tools,” said Emanuel Salmona, VP of Global Partnerships at Claroty. “As Check Point is one of the most well-established firewall providers, with significant install base brand awareness and customer reach, this partnership opens up an important route to market and we are excited for the opportunity to grow our technology offerings together.” The partnership is built upon an integration between Claroty’s Continuous Threat Detection (CTD) and Check Point’s IoT Protect solution. The aggregated security alerts from The Claroty Platform are sent to Check Point’s advanced IoT Protect Controller Manager, which sets the security policy that is enforced through Check Point’s Quantum Security Gateways™. Unification of security reporting allows organisations to see any threats to an application, process or network, providing a complete view across the enterprise and control networks. Claroty improves the availability, safety, and reliability of OT assets and networks within industrial enterprises and critical infrastructure. Unlike niche solutions that are limited to passive-only OT asset discovery, VPN-based remote access, or IoT-oriented platforms that do not fully address all OT needs, The Claroty Platform provides comprehensive OT asset and network visibility, segmentation, vulnerability management, threat detection, risk assessment, and Secure Remote Access (SRA) capabilities—all within a single, agentless solution. This is all enriched by the company’s award-winning OT security research team and its expansive integration ecosystem.On Thursday, August 13, Claroty and Check Point will host a webinar, “Preventing Cyber Attacks on Industrial OT Networks and IoT Devices.” Register here.About ClarotyClaroty bridges the industrial cybersecurity gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. Organisations with highly automated production sites and factories that face significant security and financial risk especially need to bridge this gap. Armed with Claroty’s converged IT/OT solutions, these enterprises and critical infrastructure operators can leverage their existing IT security processes and technologies to improve the availability, safety, and reliability of their OT assets and networks seamlessly and without requiring downtime or dedicated teams. The result is more uptime and greater efficiency across business and production operations.Backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, Claroty is deployed on all seven continents globally. The company is headquartered in New York City and has received $100 million in funding since being launched by the famed Team8 foundry in 2015.For more information, visit www.claroty.com. New webinar series, DIGital Discovery, launches for geology and mining professionals 2020-08-05T06:43:20Z new-webinar-series-digital-discovery-launches-for-geology-and-mining-professionals How is digital and data optimisation influencing the mining and metals sector? In EY’s 2020 report on the Top 10 Business Risks and Opportunities for mining and metals, digital effectiveness is identified as one of this year’s top issues. Now, as our industry is feeling the impact of COVID-19, technology is playing an even bigger part in operational adaptation and building resilience for miners globally. acQuire is launching a brand new, three-part webinar series delivering thought-provoking insights on the impact of digitalisation and data management in mining. Kicking off in August, the webinars will dig into how geoscientific information management, mining technology and systems connectivity can optimise the future work for miners. The webinar series is aptly named, DIGital Discovery, and will feature a smart line up of guest speakers from acQuire and the global mining industry. Some of the topics discussed include: ·        The role of geological data management and why it’s an essential component to miners. ·        How a rapidly changing technology landscape is both helping and hindering the mining industry. ·        Why cross-collaboration between technology and mining companies is essential. ·        The need for a technology roadmap to ensure a safe and profitable arrival to the future of mining. The series has been designed with the busy mining professional in mind. Each webinar runs for a neat 30 minutes and includes 10 minutes of Q&A discussion. Geology managers, mine leadership and geologists will learn acQuire’s vision for what the mining landscape may look like in the future, hear about industry case studies, and have solid take-aways to use in their business. Registrations for the webinar can be made online through acQuire's website at www.acquire.com.au.  Claroty Appoints Veteran Industrial Solution Leader Yaniv Vardi as Chief Executive Officer 2020-07-20T23:42:38Z claroty-appoints-veteran-industrial-solution-leader-yaniv-vardi-as-chief-executive-officer Claroty, the global leader in operational technology (OT) security, today announced Yaniv Vardi has been appointed the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Vardi joins Claroty after two consecutive record-breaking quarters for the company, including both year-over-year revenue and logo growth, and expanding customer acquisition even further globally and across several new verticals. “We are living in a different world than we were even six months ago. Massive shifts have taken place in nearly every market imaginable, and industrial cybersecurity is no exception,” said Amir Zilberstein, Co-founder and Chairman of Claroty. “Despite that, Claroty has had remarkable successes to date, including its recent record quarters, strong investment community, product innovation, and maturing executive team. The company is uniquely poised to be the preeminent leader in OT security and Yaniv’s skill set, vision, and expertise are what we need to get to our next level of impressive growth.” Vardi is a dynamic and highly accomplished entrepreneur with more than two decades of global executive leadership experience. He was appointed based on his proven and repeatable success growing companies significantly in the industrial space from startups to mature, profitable enterprises—as he recently took a global business from dozens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in less than four years through mainly organic growth. “The advancement of digital transformation in the industrial space has been further accelerated by the global COVID-19 crisis, with C-suite executives protecting cash while also prioritising their key focus areas to achieve reliability, availability, and safety of their operations,” Vardi said. “They are looking for a ‘one-stop-shop’ for their OT and Industrial IoT needs through visibility, monitoring, threat detection, vulnerability management, remote access, and so on, and Claroty is the only company in this industry that is able to deliver this end-to-end platform.” Claroty improves the availability, safety, and reliability of OT assets and networks within industrial enterprises and critical infrastructure. Unlike niche solutions that are limited to passive-only OT asset discovery, VPN-based remote access, or IoT-oriented platforms that do not fully address all OT needs, The Claroty Platform provides comprehensive OT asset and network visibility, segmentation, vulnerability management, threat detection, risk assessment, and Secure Remote Access (SRA) capabilities—all within a single, agentless solution. This is all enriched by the company’s award-winning OT security research team and its expansive integration ecosystem. “I joined Claroty after a long journey of leading different solutions for the industrial space because I truly believe that with our talent, partners, and investors, we will lead the way in the OT security market. The Claroty Platform offers the broadest set of security controls and unmatched OT protocol coverage, and the company itself has some of the best talent across both the cybersecurity and OT security industries,” Vardi continued. “I am excited to lead this very talented and unique team, to continue to build upon and expand our already proven vision, and to firmly secure Claroty’s place as the OT security market leader.” Vardi will manage the company out of Claroty’s New York City headquarters. Request a demo to learn more about The Claroty Platform. About Claroty Claroty bridges the industrial cybersecurity gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments. Organisations with highly automated production sites and factories that face significant security and financial risk especially need to bridge this gap. Armed with Claroty’s converged IT/OT solutions, these enterprises and critical infrastructure operators can leverage their existing IT security processes and technologies to improve the availability, safety, and reliability of their OT assets and networks seamlessly and without requiring downtime or dedicated teams. The result is more uptime and greater efficiency across business and production operations. Backed and adopted by leading industrial automation vendors, Claroty is deployed on all seven continents globally. The company is headquartered in New York City and has received $100 million in funding since being launched by the famed Team8 foundry in 2015. For more information, visit www.claroty.com. National Group edges closer to fully autonomous drilling 2020-07-19T22:52:18Z national-group-edges-closer-to-fully-autonomous-drilling The National Group comprises of leading companies in the mining, resources, transport and logistics industries. Through Wolff Mining, the National Group has expanded its range of semi-autonomous equipment, with plans to implement fully autonomous drills in the near future. Wolff Mining, part of the National Group is well known for its range of automated and innovative solutions, such as large-scale satellite bulk dozer push and semi-autonomous blast hole drilling. The company has worked closely with Caterpillar in order to implement and optimise semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology, in a world-first application into a mining production environment. The collaboration with Caterpillar on Cat Command for Dozing and optimisation of satellite technology for large-scale bulk dozer push operations has given a single operator the ability to control up to four dozers at one time, putting Australian mining companies one step closer to fully autonomous mining operations in the future. The development and implementation of fully autonomous drills is next on the horizon. National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd is excited for the future and plans to embrace this key technological advancement. “We are known for the dry hire of mining equipment and drills are no exception” Ackroyd tells Australian Mining. “With Wolff Mining’s drilling services, we are building a first-class business through low hour rigs, experienced operators and supervisors. “Like Wolff Mining’s work on Cat Command for Dozing, drill technology is currently being developed and optimised. “In the near future, we will have a range of Cat fully autonomous drills available to our clients. Acquiring a range of these fully autonomous drills is a future goal for the company, but for the moment, we are currently pleased with our work in the autonomous space.” National Group predominantly offers Caterpillar drills, with the OEM leading the way in innovation with its next plans being to release these fully autonomous drills to the market. At present, the Cat semi-autonomous drills allow operators to automate the drilling function itself, but manual input is still required to set the drill for the next hole after completing the drilling of the first. Although fully autonomous drilling is still in the future for the Australian market, National Group, with Wolff Mining, remains focussed on its current role of supplying the industry with heavy mining equipment, including blast hole drills and drilling services, to prepare drill holes for subsequent blasting. As is the case with the hire of heavy earthmoving equipment it supplies, National Group, through National Plant & Equipment offers dry hire of drill rigs, with Wolff Mining offering wet hire of drills, blast-hole drilling and contract mining services. “Like most of the heavy earthmoving equipment we supply, we intend to supply the highest quality new and used drills, along with superior service that exceeds market average drilled metres per rig at a competitive price,” Ackroyd says. Hastings Deering product manager – rotary blast hole drills Adam Davis says Caterpillar will release a range of fully autonomous drills with the ability for one operator to control up to three drills, much like the semi-autonomous tractor system technology works for dozers. “An operator will be able to perform non-line of sight operations from a control room, with the added ability for multi-pass operations,” Davis says. “Each of the three drills can also be set to unique drill patterns, enabling one operator to automate the drilling of multiple holes and patterns at the same time, all at the push of a button.” Fully autonomous drill technology has been in full development and has come a long way, with this technology to be available to mining companies in the near future.” Caterpillar drills available for hire through National Group include the Caterpillar 6420 B and C models, which have a mast range of up to 12 metres and the ability to drill holes from 229-310 millimetres, vertical depth of 74.6 metres and providing typical drill rig metres of around 25,000-30,000 metres per month. Another model available through National Plant & Equipment is the MD6420C, which can be boosted to a higher level of automation with Cat MineStar Terrain for remote, real-time monitoring of drilling activity and blast planning. Cat MineStar Terrain guides the operator through the job to improve their accuracy of drilling depth and hole placement, while providing feedback of the geology of the area being drilled. “We offer a key point of difference, namely low-hour drills, which have all been purchased new and maintained per original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements to achieve market-leading availability and utilisation,” Ackroyd says. “The National Group also has one of the lowest drill operator turnover rates in the Australian mining industry at less than 5 per cent, which is well below average.” The company consistently delivers monthly drilled metres, regularly exceeding its clients’ monthly targets, according to Ackroyd. National Group offers Caterpillar drills due to their long life and low total ownership costs, which gives the company’s clients easy maintenance and more uptime on the job, leading to safer and more comfortable drilling. Some of the advanced features of the Cat drills available for hire through National Group and Wolff Mining include improved fuel efficiency, electro-hydraulic controls for increased operator safety and computer-controlled drilling. Cat drills are also autonomous-ready, through integration with mine management systems, communication networks and safety systems. National Group provides drill hire and full-service contract drilling Australia-wide, largely in key Australian mining regions in the Pilbara in northern Western Australia and the Bowen Basin, Queensland. This includes a new contract to deliver a range of drills to one of National Group’s Tier 1 clients in Western Australia, with plans for further growth in the Australian and international drill market. “We operate Australia-wide, predominantly servicing clients based in the Bowen Basin and Pilbara (and) we plan to expand our presence nationally and internationally in the near future, with our expansive range of semi-autonomous and fully autonomous drills,” Ackroyd says. “In the future, we are looking to leverage Cat’s automation technology into the drill fleet, very similar to how Wolff Mining has applied the SATS technology to our dozers, with one operator controlling multiple drills.”