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SEW-Eurodrive wins Rio Tinto iron ore contract

SEW-Eurodrive has won a multi-million dollar contract to provide Rio Tinto's Nammuldi iron ore mine with six belt conveyor drives.

According to the company it will supply two 710 kW drive assemblies for the stockyard stacking conveyors and four 1250 kW drive assemblies, which will weigh in at around 26 tonnes each, for the overland reclaim conveyor.

The drives will help the mine in its plan to increase production from eight million tonnes to approximately 23 million tonnes per year.

The six drive assemblies will be built at its heavy Industrial Solutions division in Melbourne.

Ian Tribe, SEW's national products manager for industrial gears, stated that making the assemblies in Australia was important factor for the company.

"We assemble and service our Heavy Industrial Solutions range here in Australia,” he said. 

"This,combined with the modular design of the units and our extensive local stock holdings, means that the end user can receive their order quicker and have greater access to spare parts for servicing purposes."

The Nammuldi iron ore mine is located about 60 km north west of Tom Price, in Western Australia.

Earlier this year Rio announced it was spending around $3 billion on expanding its production in the Pilbara, with plans to mine below the water table at Nammuldi aiding its increased tonnages plan.

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