Following operational and maintenance successes at iron ore mines in Australia and Canada over several years, a new Duratray Suspended Dump Body (SDB) of 240-tonne payload capacity will soon be commissioned in Russia.
Experience has shown that the flexible, abrasion-resistant rubber floors of Suspended Dump Bodies are ideal long-term solutions to problems of both carryback (freeze-up) and extreme abrasion. In similar conditions, the maintenance cycle of SDB dump bodies is 2-3 times longer than regular steel dump bodies.
Up to now, Duratray had only commissioned XP Light Weight Steel Dump bodies in Russia through its local distributor, Kuzbass Mining Service (KMS).
“Duratray has developed local manufacturing capability within the Russian Federation, using high-quality local steel plate for Duratray projects within the region and now we are very proud and honoured that our staple product, the SDB can also be of use in the Russian mining market”, said Duratray COO Steve Hall.
In 2018, Duratray experienced a great growth in Russia, delivering 26 XP units to one of its biggest clients in the region. As a result of these new 240 tonnes dump bodies, the mine was able to increase 9% its production in its truck cycle. Currently, Duratray XP Steel Light Dump Bodies have sold six different fleets into Russia and adjacent countries.
Russia is a vast country which is blessed with many world-class mineral deposits that are developed by local companies and entrepreneurs, rather than by known multinational mining companies. Three of the top-40 global mining companies are Russian.