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Epiroc and Vale Base Metals bolster mine safety and innovation

9 de janeiro de 2024

Epiroc Canada and Vale Base Metals Limited (“VBM”) subsidiary Vale Canada Limited today announced they have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“the Agreement”) to develop, test and utilize groundbreaking mining techniques and equipment to strengthen safety processes and drive innovative mining solutions while enhancing productivity.

Under the Agreement, the two organizations will collaborate to apply and adapt Epiroc’s solutions in automation, electrification, and digitalization across the underground mining cycle in areas from long-hole drilling to blasting, face drilling, bolting, mucking and hauling.


“We are excited about our shared commitment with Vale Base Metals to accelerate the transformation of the mining industry through innovation that will keep pushing the benchmark of safety for workers, without compromising on productivity,” said Sarah Hoffman, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Epiroc’s Underground division.

"This partnership with Epiroc will be an important step on our journey."

Luke Mahony, Interim Chief Technical Officer at Vale Base Metals

Vale Base Metals plans to use Epiroc’s technology and digital advances in underground technology to remove employees from the rock face, production drilling areas and ground support locations in support of safe and efficient mining activities. This includes remote operation of Epiroc and mixed fleet OEM equipment in isolated zones. The companies will evaluate innovative electrification technologies such as charging, equipment usage, operational efficiency, as well as potential partnerships on novel technologies with potential for more widespread application.


“Safety is a central pillar of our operations so we're excited to develop solutions that strengthen our suite of available technologies to keep workers safe and drive overall efficiencies,” said Luke Mahony, Interim Chief Technical Officer at Vale Base Metals. “This partnership with Epiroc will be an important step on our journey.”

For further information, please contact:

Ann-Sofie Andersson

Global Manager Branding and Communications, Underground division

Phone: +46721838434


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