Top three maintenance woes – and how to avoid them


Maintenance is often thought to be performed every few thousand hours – well after the extractive operator purchases the equipment. As Steve Barnett contends, maintenance should be foremost on the operator’s mind when it considers the purchase of new plant and equipment.

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Glass recycling: The potential to ‘shatter’ the market


With glass and glass product manufacturers making up nearly a third of the sand and gravel market in 2018-19, producers have increasingly used recycled glass materials in their processes, reducing demand for silica sand from the industry.1

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Friendly competition as quarries turn to ‘super excavator’


It was going to be the ultimate in one-upmanship. The two largest quarries servicing the giant $NZD850 million ($AUD800 million) Transmission Gulley motorway project in Wellington, New Zealand – one of the most complex in the nation’s history – were each looking for a way to bring new efficiency to the job and win major business.

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Water management in the extractive industries


Pressure is on extractive operators globally to employ technologies that reuse water responsibly. Business development managers for a sand washing manufacturer discuss the challenges, costs and logistics of developing a washing plant that satisfies local and international regulations.

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Quarry-spec machines excel in shipping, rail loading


An ASX-listed bulk materials and logistics giant with expertise in mine and port solutions has in recent years enjoyed enormous success with a suite of earthmoving products encompassing quarry-spec loaders, excavators and dozers. Damian Christie reports.

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Alex Fraser: A year in review


In 2019, Alex Fraser Group, one of Australia’s largest recycled aggregates producers, officially flicked the switch on two glass recycling and sustainable asphalt plants at its Laverton site. Damian Christie spoke to Peter Murphy about the site’s recycled aggregate operations on the first anniversary of the opening.

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