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12.15.2014

Anglo American Partners with ASI to Develop Innovative Haulage Solutions

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Anglo American initiates field trials of a new autonomous haulage program developed in partnership with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. The system is designed to improve safety, productivity, and sustainability in haulage operations.

For Immediate Release

PETERSBORO, UTAH—December 15, 2014. Representatives from Anglo American recently announced their partnership with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI). The goal of the multi-year relationship is to deliver enhanced productivity, sustainability, and safety through mining vehicle automation systems for the company's haulage operations.

The joint effort is part of Anglo American’s FutureSmart™ initiative through which the company is partnering with third party technology groups like ASI to drive innovation within the mining industry.

Facing challenges such as lower commodity prices, declining grades of ore deposits, and difficulty of access to ore bodies, the mining industry "needs to leap forward twenty years in five," said Tony O'Neill, Anglo American’s Group Director for Technical and Sustainability, at the Dassault Systemes 3DExperience Forum in November.

[The mining industry] needs to leap forward twenty years in five
—   Tony O'Neill, Anglo American

To help drive this innovation, Anglo American is working with ASI automation engineers to create fully autonomous, teleoperated, and remote control haulage operations.