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Actemium sponsors Awards for first time

Actemium is bringing its European expertise in the automation of major bulk handling machines to Australia. Photo: Actemium

Electrical and automation specialist Actemium is sponsoring the Australian Bulk Handling Awards for the first time as it pushes deeper into the local mining and materials sector.

Actemium is an industry brand of VINCI Energies, a multinational company, predominantly active in electrical and automation engineering, employing 63,000 employees in 49 countries.

While Actemium services a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from oil & gas, to pharmaceuticals to automotive, locally, Grant McHenry is leading the organisation’s push into the mining and materials sectors.

“We specialise in mining processes and the transfer of raw materials via conveyors and automated machinery,” McHenry explained.

“We work in both greenfield and brownfield applications, where we will automate or modernise mining and materials handling processes. That could be at the mine end, port end, at process plants or anywhere along the journey from pit to port.”

Actemium’s immediate priority in Australia is high volume bulk applications in coal and iron ore – with commodities like copper, phosphate, zinc and mineral sands also showing potential.

Internationally, Actemium has close ties with companies such as TAKRAF and ThyssenKrupp which build large machines like stackers, reclaimers, conveyors, and bucket wheel excavators.

“In Australia we plan to work with such companies to help bring world’s best practice in automation and electrical engineering,” said McHenry.

Globally, major miners and bulk handlers are facing cost pressures, both in terms of labour and the uptime and reliability of major machinery. The industrial internet and automation technologies afford opportunities to upgrade machines, many of which were built in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

“Our objective is to modernise and automate large material handling applications and to improve the reliability and performance of these pieces of infrastructure,” said McHenry.

VINCI Energies operates through five major international brands. Besides Actemium, these comprise Omexom, Citeos, VINCI Facilities and Axians. In 2016, VINCI acquired J&P Richardson, a leading Australian electrical contracting and engineering company, boosting its position in the Australian energy and transport infrastructure services market.

The Australian Bulk Handling Awards are being held at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney on November 24th.

For more information on Actemium, please see www.actemium.com

For more information on the Australian Bulk Handling Awards, see http://www.bulkhandlingreview.com.au/awards/

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