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SMT Scharf acquires major Order with follow-up Potential outside the Coal Mining Sector

SMT Scharf AG has received a strategically important major order from Sweden's Sandvik Group. The order with a significant volume comprises the delivery of rail and cable management systems that are to be installed to supply energy and ventilation management for Sandvik's mining machinery.

Hans Joachim Theiss, CEO of SMT Scharf AG, categorises the transaction's strategic importance: "With this order, SMT Scharf has for the first time become an OEM supplier to one of the world's leading providers of conveying systems in underground mining operations. We see this as an endorsement of the strategy we have been following over the past year. We are pursuing our core objective of transforming SMT Scharf – from its foundation on its core competences – into a focused system supplier that is also positioning itself in the premium segment with offerings beyond monorail. In addition, the expertise from our acquisition of Nowilan also comes to bear in this order alongside our core expertise – we're talking high-tech mining here."

The rail and cable management systems ordered from SMT Scharf represent an innovation in underground infrastructure management. Novel is also the fact that the application area in soft rock lies outside the coal mining sector that SMT Scharf traditionally supplies to. The internationally leading mining group BHP Billiton is deploying the Sandvik machines in a large-scale mining project. The collaboration that has been launched generates contractually secured follow-up order potential for further customer projects from Sandvik. The sales potential for follow-up orders is estimated to be a multiple of the first order, although it is not yet possible to provide precise timing of such orders.

Source: SMT Scharf AG

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