International market leader meeting Australian mining’s stringent standards

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 19 Dec 2012   Posted by admin

LOCAL mining companies face the ongoing challenge of balancing costs with global pricing and demands, while still meeting Australia’s stringent safety standards. As they install more powerful machinery to meet growing demand, the companies need longer cable lengths, with greater consistency and control, to suit their operations.
Prysmian, the world’s largest manufacturer of cables, is now expanding its Sydney-based manufacturing facilities to ensure it can meet the demand for more complex cable applications.
“Northern hemisphere cables can’t tolerate Australia’s extensive UV exposure,” Prysmian business development manager industry infrastructure and mining James McDonell said. “So our products are made specifically for those conditions, which make them especially suited for Western Australian mines and a range of service applications.”
Mr McDonell said Australian regulations also required manufacturers to use the highest quality materials.
“Australian standards are stringent, for a good reason. We have one of the safest mining countries in existence,” he said.
With more than 15 years of mining sector experience, Mr McDonell is well qualified to provide advice to industry operators, and advises Prysmian’s mining and infrastructure customers, including the Rutherford Group, UGL Limited and Laing O’Rourke, on the most suitable cabling for their environment, machinery and production requirements.
“Being a specialist in the field, I get called in to look at particular problems for our customers,” he said.
“There are a number of factors they need to consider, such as hazardous constraints in the environment, machinery size and installation conditions.
“For many years, Prysmian was the leading mining cable sold in Australia. It’s known and trusted for quality, and it also represents good value.”
Mr McDonell said he believed Prysmian’s rigorous testing and compliance regime, as well as its in-house engineering department responsible for investigations and product development, were major contributors to the company’s success.
“We can help customers find the right cable for their application, and with our intimate knowledge of legislation across all states we will ensure it is fit for purpose and meets regulatory requirements,” he said.
“This is very important in mining. Australia’s standards protect workers and make sure the mines are the absolute safest they can be.”

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