Large Chinese mining equipment manufacturer Donghua Heavy Industries has appointed Australian private mining company and equipment supplier LDO Group as its exclusive sales agent in Australia and New Zealand. State-owned Donghua is the mining equipment manufacturing and supply arm of Yancoal Group and the appointment is its first outside China.

LDO Group managing director Peter Ross says for the past six years his company has been successfully importing equipment from China, ensuring it meets strict Australian quality and safety standards. This includes the first set of Chinese-manufactured longwall equipment into Australia which has been in successful operation for several years.

“We have already successfully broken the paradigm by proving there are alternate sources of equipment that meet or exceed the stringent standards set for the Australia mining industry and we are excited to partner with such a strong and capable partner in Donghua.”

He says Donghua can produce all the equipment needed in coal mines from brackets and conveyors through to full longwall packages at a standard that will meet and exceed any Australian or New Zealand mine’s requirements.

Peter Ross has visited Donghua’s factories in the Zoucheng, Shandong area several times and recently visited the Yancoal Dongtan Mine, an underground mine in China annually producing 8 million tonnes at 700 metres of depth under a body of water with two longwalls operating at 5.5 metres high. That mine’s underground equipment is all designed and manufactured by Donghua.

“The standards within this mine were without doubt some of the highest I have seen, especially given the very tough mining conditions,” he says.

Founded in 2005, the LDO Group provides innovative specialist services to the coal industry including equipment procurement and hire, mine management, labour supply, specialized engineering, safety management and training. It is headquartered in the NSW Hunter Valley, near Newcastle.

Donghua was originally founded in 1972 and restructured in 2014 to become Yancoal Donghua Heavy Industry Ltd Co. Donghua engages in and supplies comprehensive equipment and service to the coal mining industry, including design, research and development, manufacturing, installation, overhaul and maintenance, and technical consultation.

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