Putzmeister reaches an agreement with GHH and Mine Master for the distribution and service of drilling jumbos, bolting rigs and load haul dumpers to complement the company’s shotcreting equipment for tunnelling.

The headquarters of Putzmeister’s Underground Concreting Division is situated in Madrid, Spain. The cooperation between the companies will start with Putzmeister distributing and marketing GHH and Mine Master machines in the Iberian market (Spain). This initial agreement might be the starting point for a possible global cooperation.

The Putzmeister Underground Concreting Division is a global market leader in shotcreting equipment for the stabilization of excavations, galleries and slopes in tunnelling and mining, whereas GHH and Mine Master provide machinery for the previous working stages of drilling and earth removal.

Through this mutual complementation of the product range, the companies broaden the product offering around the tunnelling process, resulting in synergy effects for customers of the Iberian Peninsular. Equipment and service solutions for all working stages can now be obtained from one source.

With almost 30 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of shotcreting equipment, Putzmeister is present in important tunnelling and mining projects worldwide. The development of the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) provided a major boost to the use of shotcrete in rock support, relying upon the use of shotcrete to provide immediate active support after each round of advance. Putzmeister’s shotcrete manipulators apply concrete in tunnels and mines with rates of up to 30m³ and spraying reaches of up to 17m.

GHH Fahrzeuge, headquartered in Germany has produced LHD’s (load-haul-dump technique) with articulated steering for the mining industry since 1964. Later on ADT- dumpers followed. Roof scalers, telescopic trucks and other special vehicles also belong to the product line. More than 35 years of experience in the development, design and manufacture of vehicles characterise the quality, reliability and capability of GHH’s products.

Mine Master (formerly Boart Longyear Polish operating division) has for the last 35 years manufactured, distributed and serviced equipment for the underground metal mining and construction industries. Its principal products are a full range of drilling jumbos (Face Masters) roof bolting machines (Roof Masters) and excavator drilling attachments (Flexi Masters). The product applications are applied to a variety of tunnelling and mining environments. The company supplied over 300 drilling and bolting rigs to one of its major customers, KGHM Polish Copper – one of the world biggest primary copper producer.

GHH Fahrzeuge and Mine Master form a global alliance, with Schmidt, Kranz &amp Co and GHH Fahrzeuge owning a share of 30% of the company.