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Customer retention in difficult times

Customer retention despite corona: HOSCH Fördertechnik GmbH, Recklinghausen/Germany, invited customers to its first in-house trade fair, which was held under the motto “HOSCH 360°” on 18th to 19th November 2021. Numerous HOSCH customers from Germany and the neighboring German-speaking countries took advantage of this opportunity to gain an overview of the current state of belt conveyor cleaning at HOSCH, a ...

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UNIDACHS 110 – unique kinematics offer high flexibility when working in confined spaces

Launching at STUVA-Expo 2021, the TML Technik GmbH, Monheim/Germany, presented the new mobile machine UNIDACHS 110 (Figure 1), which the company has developed especially for mining and tunnel construction as a manipulator for a diverse range of attachments. The very compact machine is particularly suitable for use in confined spaces at locations that cannot be reached by standard hydraulic excavators ...

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RAG boss Schrimpf invites Minister Scharrenbach to visit the mine shafts

On 7th December 2021, Peter Schrimpf, Chairman of the Board of Executives of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, and Chairman of the Board of Stiftung Zollverein, Essen, welcomed Ina Scharrenbach, Minister for Home, Community, Construction and Equality of North Rhine-Westphalia. Together, they travelled into the depths: 1,000 m below the surface of the earth, they visited the mine water management pumping systems ...

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STEAG achieves a good recovery

STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany (Figure 1), presents encouraging key figures at the end of the third quarter of the current business year. Both sales and group EBIT are above the previous year’s level. In 2020, the energy company still had to cope with a difficult year owing to extraordinary burdens from the phasing out of coal and a process of transformation ...

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“A ‘green’ China can drive the whole world to change”

At the Research Center of Post-Mining (FZN) at TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum/Germany, Julia Tiganj (Figure 1) is studying the socio-economic aspects of post-mining. In times of raw material scarcity and the energy transition, the economics researcher’s attention is especially drawn to China. Will the world’s second-largest economy manage the transition to renewable energy? What are the greatest challenges ...

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EnergieAgentur.NRW mining industry network

EnergieAgentur.NRW, Düsseldorf/Germany, stopped working towards the end of 2021. Over many years, the Energie-Agentur energy agency has presented a variety of technical, process engineering, economic and environmental subjects around mining in joint discussions and gained increased interest, not least from operating companies and customers outside Germany. In doing so, the agency earned some credit with service providers as well as ...

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Growth covered by natural gas and coal / wind power significantly below previous year

In 2021, energy consumption in Germany reached 12,193 PJ or 416.1 Mtce (Figure 1). This is a rise of 2.6 % compared to the previous year. However, the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen), Berlin/Germany, states energy consumption is still noticeably below pre-Covid levels which indicates that energy and overall economic development in Germany is still heavily affected by the ...

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Hard coal is an important pillar of supply security in Germany

Events during the year 2021 illustrate very clearly that supply security is and will remain one of the most important topics of the energy transition. The penultimate act in the nuclear power exit in Germany, the shutdown of 4 GW of power plant capacity, points to the importance of the remaining base of controllable, secure capacity. Securing power supply during ...

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Demand for raw materials spurs mining

At the end of last year, mining companies were still anticipating development to be cautious and slow. This assumption has proven to be only partially correct. Between January and September 2021, the number of contracts coming in increased by 75 % compared to the previous year. In contrast, turnover in German mining companies is lagging behind. In 2020, the industry achieved ...

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Obituary – University Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Dieter Stoll (1938 – 2021)

On 1st November 2021, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Dieter Stoll (Figure 1), director emeritus of the Institute of Mining Engineering III at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, passed away at the age of 88. Prof. Stoll studied mining at RWTH from 1954 onwards, after graduating from high school, completing a period of practical training as a miner in the USA, and graduating ...

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