Sandvik Mining and Construction and Lonmin Plc are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a long-term unique collaboration partnership to achieve their shared ideal of continuous mechanised mining in Platinum.
Lonmin is committed to zero harm to its workforce and to reducing the levels of arduous work while increasing productivity and controlling costs. Lonmin has targeted achieving 50% of underground ore production by mechanised means by 2010 and is committed to developing the necessary skills among its employee base and the communities around its mines to achieve this goal. Sandvik has committed to work with Lonmin to achieve this outcome through the supply and development of suitable mechanised mining equipment at competitive prices and the supply of services to enhance the productivity and cost effectiveness of this equipment. As part of this commitment Sandvik has agreed to develop its service capability in the Rustenburg/Marikana area to create employment opportunities and to explore manufacturing opportunities in the Rustenburg/Marikana area.
Lonmin and Sandvik have agreed to develop joint education initiatives and joint operational and technical training facilities including a "Centre of Mechanisation" in the Rustenburg/Marikana area in South Africa.
Lars Josefsson (left) President of Sandvik Mining and Construction, and Alistair Ross, President Platinum Operations at Lonmin.
Commenting on the partnership, Alistair Ross, Lonmin's President, Platinum Operations said:
"I am delighted that we have entered into this partnership with Sandvik. We have worked with Sandvik for a number of years developing our mechanised equipment and this partnership cements our relationship for the future to allow Lonmin to achieve its goal of 50% mechanisation by 2010. This partnership is also a commitment to work together to create job opportunities in the communities around our mines in Marikana through the development of Sandvik's local service capacity and joint educational initiatives to train and develop the mechanised Miners of the future."
Commenting on the partnership, Lars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction said:
"The signing of this agreement marks the culmination of several years of co-operation between Lonmin and Sandvik Mining and Contruction to develop this special and unique business relationship.The establishment and development of the relationship was primarily driven by the desire of the partners to create world-class mining operations that would satisfy the goals of both Lonmin and Sandvik. This relationship illustrates our willingness to work with mining companies who share our entrepreneurial, innovative and progressive culture. It is also an excellent example of the way we work with key customers and selected partners who support our vision of developing a safer and more productive mining environment. Our strategy to develop and offer custom-made mining solutions and cutting edge technology has made it possible to work with clients like Lonmin towards shared goals."
Sandviken, 18 October 2005
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