VOLVO’S new 95-ton EC950E excavator is helping an Indonesian mining customer boost productivity by up to 30% at a gold mine in North Sulawesi. PT Samudera Mulia Abadi (SMA) chose Volvo as exclusive construction equipment supplier to the operation and says this has made a significant impact on productivity.


Volvo equipment operating at the Toka Tindung Gold Project in Indonesia.

Since winning a tender in 2015 to handle operations at Toka Tindung mine, SMA has experienced that Volvo equipment not only delivers but surpasses productivity requirements.

Inspired by the success, SMA this year brought the first two units of the EC950E excavator to Indonesia and Volvo’s new heavyweight soon proved extremely competitive, capable of delivering extraordinary productivity improvements.

“Since we introduced the EC950E, our fleet productivity has gone up by 25 to 30%,” said PT Meares Soputan Mining (MSM) mine planning and production manager Ozgur Zor. “We have been quite excited by the EC950E’s performance onsite.”

MSM is part of PT Archi Indonesia, which owns the Toka Tindung project. Today, SMA has over 60 Volvo machines working for MSM on the site, and the EC950E units are not the only big machines. There are also six 75-ton rated EC750D excavators plus more than 50 large articulated haulers – a mix of A40F and A45G units.

Due to hard surfaces and undulating terrain, gold mining at Toka Tindung places extreme demands on machinery. As the concession owner, MSM expects premium levels of sustainable productivity and uptime. As such, SMA opted for Gold Customer Support Agreement (CSA) for its Volvo machines, guaranteeing pre-eminent maintenance and parts availability.

With the Gold CSA service agreement, technicians not only provide regular, scheduled maintenance and inspections, but are also on standby to provide immediate onsite support if needed.

PT Intraco Penta Prima Servis (IPPS), Volvo CE’s Indonesian distribution partner for the Sulawesi region, provides much of the local support.

Ozgur Zor said having highly productive machines with excellent reliability and aftermarket support was a successful formula. “Volvo’s aftermarket is very responsive. The significant number of spare parts onsite helps us reduce downtime. After we changed the entire fleet exclusively to Volvo, efficiency has increased and fuel consumption and costs have gone down significantly.”