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Mining and Rock Excavation Technique

The Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area provides equipment for drilling and rock excavation, a complete range of related consumables and service through a global network.

The business area innovates for sustainable productivity in surface and underground mining, infrastructure, civil works, well drilling and geotechnical applications. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, the United States, Canada, China and India.

In 2015, Mining and Rock Excavation Technique had 11 500 employees and revenues of MSEK 26 665.

Vision and strategy

The vision is to be First in Mind—First in Choice® as a supplier of equipment and service for rock excavation for mining and civil engineering applications.

The strategy is to maintain and reinforce Atlas Copco’s market-leading position as a global supplier for rock excavation equipment and services by developing its positions in drilling and loading equipment, exploration drilling, and related businesses, and by increasing revenues by offering more services to customers. The business will grow in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Market overview

The mining industry accounts for about two-thirds of Mining and Rock Excavation Technique’s revenues. Applications include production and development work for both underground and open-pit mines, as well as mineral exploration.

Contractors in civil engineering and infrastructure construction represent a third of revenues. Applications include blasthole drilling for tunneling, including road, railway and dam construction, aggregate production and drilling for water, energy, oil and gas, as well as for ground engineering. The equipment is primarily sold direct to the end user and the business area has a large service organization. Mining companies and contractors often expect contracts for service, spare parts and consumables with availability and productivity key criteria.

Market trends

Demand drivers

Mining

Civil engineering

Market position and competition

Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has a leading market position globally in most of its operations.

Mining and Rock Excavation Technique’s principal competitor in most product areas is Sandvik. Other competitors include Furukawa in the market for underground and surface drilling equipment; Boart Longyear for underground drilling equipment, exploration drilling equipment and rock drilling tools; Joy Global for open-pit mining equipment; and Caterpillar for underground and open-pit mining equipment. There are also numerous local, regional and niche competitors.