Epiroc to acquire mining automation company, RCT

Remote Control Technologies provides a range of automated solutions for either a single machine or mixed feet of machines

Mining specialist Epiroc has agreed to acquire Remote Control Technologies, an Australian company that provides automation and remote-control solutions to the global mining industry.

According to Epiroc the acquisition, which is expected to be completed later in the fourth quarter 2022, will help the company become a “world-leading automation solutions provider” for underground loading and haulage, as well as surface and underground rock drilling.

Remote Control Technologies (RCT) is headquartered in Perth, Australia, with customers in more than 70 countries. The company provides automation and remote-control solutions applicable for either a single machine or an entire mixed fleet of machines regardless of manufacturer or type of equipment. RCT also provides data and information systems, fleet and machine management systems, and machine protection systems.

In August 2022, Epiroc said that it had completed the acquisition of RNP México and, in September 2022, it announced it was acquiring mining equipment manufacturer, AARD.

“Automation is increasingly important for the mining industry to strengthen safety and productivity, and RCT’s advanced solutions complement Epiroc’s existing automation offering well. Together we will provide complete automation and remote-control solutions to support our customers on their journey towards optimal operations,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s President and CEO in a statement.

She added, “We are especially pleased that Bob Muirhead, RCT’s founder and a true pioneer within mining automation, will continue in an active management role. We look forward to welcoming the strong RCT team to Epiroc.”

In October 2022, the firm launched a new long-hole production drill rig for medium to large-sized drifts, designed to offer increased automation and drilling quality.

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