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East coast drill and blast businesses unite under one banner

Four Australian drill and blast companies with explosives capabilities have merged under one banner after Chinese company Yahua Group bought majority ownership of their organisations.

The Yahua Group is an explosives manufacturer and supplier in Chengdu, China, and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. It operates 57 wholly owned subsidiaries and 23 manufacturing bases in the civil explosives business in China, and produces 160,000 tonnes of explosives and 75 million detonators per annum. Yahua also owns The Redbull Powder Company that has two bulk emulsion facilities in New Zealand.

In 2016, the company’s subsidiary Yahua Australia began investing in Australian-based drill and blast companies that were strategically aligned with the quarrying, mining and construction industries: North Star Blasting, Caruana Blasting, Sequel Drill & Blast and Impact Drill & Blast.

Yahua Australia has announced the amalgamation of these companies that will now trade as Impact Drill & Blast. The new company is one of Australia’s largest drill and blast businesses with bulk explosives supply capabilities.

The original owners of Caruana Blasting and Sequel Drill & Blast have retained senior management positions in the new company and will be responsible for daily operations within Yahua Australia.

Impact Drill & Blast has one major hazard facility producing bulk explosives in Darwin, Northern Territory, and has been increasing its capabilities to service all areas of Australia. Redbull and Impact will work as one team to service the Australasia region.

As well as providing its own line of bulk explosives, the company now has one of the largest fleets of drill rigs in Australia, with an experienced team of shotfirers, drillers, maintenance personnel, project managers and blast engineers. Impact Drill & Blast will also focus on providing extractive industry producers with reliable, flexible and cost-effective drilling and blasting solutions, and invest in the latest technology to maintain a high level of accuracy and industry compliance.

Source: Impact Drill & Blast

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