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Company Books More than 15 x ST1010 Orders <BR> Since Vehicle’s Initial Launch in April

(Portland, Oregon USA) Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. launched its new, enhanced ST1010 Scooptram® LHD at MINExpo International 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 9-12.

The 10-tonne ST1010 has dozens of new features and improvements over its predecessor, the ST1000. Known for reliability, more than 100 of the ST1000’s have been built since their debut four years ago. Some may have logged more than 15,000 hours. More than 15 units have been sold or delivered to customers since the vehicle’s unofficial launch in April this year. In June the new LHD was displayed at the Elko Mining Expo in Elko, Nevada, USA. At the time of the vehicle’s launch a major advertising and sales promotion campaign kicked off and supported the vehicle’s introduction to the world’s underground mining and construction industry.

The initial unit of the ST1010 delivered to Impala Platinum Ltd., Rustenburg, South Africa. Wagner’s agent in South Africa, Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Construction and Mining made the sale. Other orders have been received from Norilsk in Russia; Noranda Inc.’s Matagami Mine in Matagami, Quebec, Canada, New Brunswick, Canada; Compania San Ignacio de Morocha S.A. (SIMSA) of Peru, and others.

“The new ST1010 is stronger and will last even longer than the popular ST1000,” said Dave Ogilvie, large Scooptram product manager for Atlas Copco Wagner. “We’ve received a lot of feedback from users of the ST1000 and many of the suggestions have been incorporated into the new ST1010.”

One feature that allows the new ST1010 to perform outstandingly is the Trunnion Cap Design which speeds installation of replacement buckets and maintenance or removal of hydraulic cylinders. A redesigned, reinforced boom and bogie provide additional strength. The transverter has an upgraded shift program and bearings that can double its life span. A rubber-isolated powertrain module reduces vibration. Other new features include a stacked V-core radiator and vented hoods for better air flow, an autolube system, a more powerful cooling fan, remote diagnostic pressure taps, a bolt-on battery box and a raised air intake system for cleaner air flow.

“All these things add up to less daily maintenance, making the ST1010 easier and quicker to service,” said Ogilvie.

Safety features have been upgraded as well. The ST1010 features an anti-siphon fuel tank which prevents flow in case of rupture, improved access to fire suppression bottles, paint-on grip tread to reduce the likelihood of slips, improved cab door seal, and two-hand operator controls for better operator comfort and safety.

The ST1010 is powered by a water-cooled, electronically controlled, self-tuning Detroit Diesel Series 50 DDEC engine that delivers 186 kW (250 hp) with excellent fuel economy and low emissions. MSHA Part 7 Ventilation Rates are 340 cubic meters of air per minute (12,000 cfm). With the engine mounted low in the chassis, the operator has excellent visibility to the rear of the vehicle.

Real one-pass loading is achieved by the Z-bar front-end design which lets the operator penetrate the muck pile more aggressively and emerge with a full bucket, first time, every time. The ST1010 has a tramming capacity of 10 Tonnes and a bucket volume of up to 5.6 cubic meters, depending on the loose weight of ore in the intended application. An optional E-O-D® ejector-style bucket is also available for the ST1010. Useable hydraulic breakout force is in excess of 14950 kg.

Product specification brochures in English and Spanish can be obtained by writing the company, or contacting an Atlas Copco Sales Company, or one of Wagner’s independent dealers or distributors. Abbreviated versions of the specifications are available on Atlas Copco Wagner’s Web site: www.atlascopcowagner.com

Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a worldwide supplier of four-wheel drive diesel and electric-powered articulated underground mining and construction vehicles, including Scooptrams and mine trucks. The company manufactures more than 40 standard LHDs and trucks, as well as specialty haulage vehicles for coal mines.

Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a company within the Atlas Copco Group. Atlas Copco AB 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. Nearly 50 percent of the company’s revenues were from North American operations. Atlas Copco companies develop, manufacture, and market electric and pneumatic tools; compressed air equipment; construction as well as 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.