A regional planning panel has approved an application by US-mining equipment manufacturer and service provider Joy Global to establish a purpose-built facility in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

The company says the facility will be specifically designed to feature a ‘Smart Services’ centre and electrical motor, welding, mechanical and machine repair areas. The latest technology and equipment will provide better customer support and service.

The new centre will be constructed in the Anambah Business Park near Rutherford and is set to combine existing services under one roof in a modern environment in the heart of the state’s coal mining region.

The development application was endorsed by the Maitland City Council and the subsequent green light from the designated authority paves the way for construction to begin.

The Hunter Valley facility is set to become another major milestone in the company’s goal of expanding its ‘Smart Services’ to include remote diagnostics, pre-emptive machine monitoring, predictive diagnostics, electronic servicing and automated service calls.

Milwaukee-based Joy Global provides manufacturing, distributing and servicing equipment for surface and underground mining and bulk material conveyor systems to worldwide customers. Its businesses, P&H Mining Equipment and Joy Mining Machinery, make original equipment and parts for both underground and open–pit mining industries. Joy Global’s products are used in coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and gold mining operations in more than 20 countries.

Earlier this year, Joy Global acquired Chinese mining equipment designer and manufacturer International Mining Machinery Holdings (IMM), and become its sole owner. The company says its IMM acquisition is a major step forward in expanding its hold in the Chinese mining equipment market, providing access to a majority slice of the Chinese market and the opportunity to meet rising demands in the Asian sub-continent.


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