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Atlas Copco Drill Rigs also included in estimated total $9 million order; Wagner’s 1st Unit delivered to Madero Mine; 2nd Unit on Display at MINExpo 2000; Other Orders Headed to Falconbridge.

(Portland Oregon USA) - Servicios Industriales Peñoles S.A. de C.V. in Mexico, has selected Atlas Copco as a principal equipment supplier for the new Francisco I. Madero mine. The order, with a total value of more than SEK 70 m., (approximately USD$9 million) includes the latest in computerized drill rigs and the new Wagner ST-8C Scooptram® LHD.

Atlas Copco Mexicana, SA de CV received the order from Servicios Industriales Peñoles S.A. de C.V. for seven drill rigs, the L1C and L2C, and 11 x ST-8C LHDs to be used in the Francisco I. Madero Mine, the newest mine in Mexico. The Mine broke ground in August of 1999 and expects to start production in 2001. The first delivery of Atlas Copco equipment will be made in 2000, and the rest during 2001. Atlas Copco Wagner’s initial unit for the Madero Mine has already been delivered to the mine site. The second unit is a featured highlight of the Atlas Copco display in Las Vegas during MINExpo International 2000. Other sales of the new ST-8C have been recorded for Falconbridge’s Craig Mine in Ontario, Canada and to a Brazilian mining customer, CVRD.

The ST-8C is an upgraded and improved version of Wagner’s well-known, highly productive ST-8B load-haul-dump vehicle for the underground mining and construction industries. Since that vehicle’s introduction in 1988, more than 350 units have been produced, logging over two million working hours.

“This LHD has become the standard in the industry,” said Dave Ogilvie, large Scooptram product manager for Atlas Copco Wagner. “Its reliability has been proven under some of the worst mining conditions in the world.”

The new ST-8C has an increased tramming capacity of 14,500 kg, compared with the ST-8B’s 13,650 kg. The ST-8C benefits from other improvements as well, such as a state-of-the art electrical system, ergonomically designed operator controls and a 242 kW (325 hp) Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine that is now standard. The ST-8C is equipped with a Wagner Rock Tough catalytic purifier and silencer as a standard feature.

Options available for the ST-8C include automatic transmission, an enclosed cabin with air conditioning, vehicle condition data manager, Load Weighing System, dual bottle fire suppression, ride control, single lever boom and bucket control and a wear-resistant bucket package.

The ST-8C is the evolution of the eight cubic yard load-haul-dump vehicle. Atlas Copco Wagner has built more of this size class than any other manufacturer. The ST-8 was first introduced in 1970. The success of the ST-8 was followed by the launch of the ST-8A in 1978 and the ST-8B in 1988. The ST-8B pioneered the company’s now world famous SAHR brakes system, which has been patented by Wagner. More than 800 units have been sold of the three models. The new ST-8C is predicted to be just as popular. It has already been sold to mines in Mexico, Canada and Brazil.

“We’ve taken a proven vehicle and made it better,” said Ogilvie. “We’ve used feedback from our customers to improve the vehicle and make the ST-8C the best in its class.”

Like almost all of Atlas Copco Wagner’s vehicles, the ST-8C is equipped with Wagner’s patented spring applied, hydraulically released (SAHR) brakes—the safest in the industry—fitted to Spicer 21D axles. The ST-8C is available with both a standard lift boom and a mid-lift boom to achieve improved truck-loading capabilities. It can easily load a number of Wagner trucks, including the MT-436B.

The Francisco I Madero mine, which is located in the Mexican State of Zacatecas, anticipates production volume of 10,000 tons per day, utilizing the cut and fill mining method. The mine is a polymetalic mine of zinc, gold, and silver.

Atlas Copco started working with the Peñoles Madero Project Team in October 1997, and has since then continuously provided technical support during the planning of the Franciso I. Madero mine.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a worldwide supplier of four-wheel drive, diesel powered and electric-powered articulated underground mining vehicles, including Scooptrams and Mine Trucks. The company manufactures more than 40 different standard and optional loaders, trucks as well as several specialty vehicles for coal mines.

Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a company within the Atlas Copco Group. Atlas Copco is an international group of industrial companies with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1999, the Group had revenues of more than $4.2 billion, with 97 percent of company revenues received from outside of Sweden, and more than 26,000 employees. Approximately 50% of the Group’s revenues were received from North American operations. Atlas Copco companies develop, manufacture, and market electric and pneumatic tools; compressed air equipment; construction, surface and underground mining equipment; assembly systems; and offers related service and equipment rentals.

Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. can be contacted at 4424 NE 158th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97230-4999 USA. For more information, contact Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. at 503-255-2863, fax to 503-251-3014, contact any of the company’s worldwide dealers, the nearest Atlas Copco Sales Company, or visit their Web site at www.atlascopcowagner.com