Accomplishing more together – as a renowned specialist for mining locomotives, Schalke also cooperates with other partners on joint major projects in order to concentrate expertise and benefit from synergies. One particularly fine example is a complete system for underground rail transport, which Nordic Minesteel Technologies (NMT) has developed in collaboration with Schalke Locomotives . Each of the partners has decades of experience in developing and producing mining equipment. They have now combined their knowledge and ability to form a system supplied from one single source.

The collaboration has resulted in a complete system unique worldwide that features a high degree of automation and incredible robustness. Schalke provides the locomotives, and contributes a special train automation system and the rail network, while NMT supplies the mining cars as well as the loading and unloading stations. All of the system’s components are designed to withstand 25 to 30 years of continual operation. The system enables constant around the clock operation at high speed and maximum capacity. The automatic operation guarantees maximum effectiveness, cuts costs and increases safety underground. The all-round proven robustness of the system means reliability is high, downtimes are minimal and operating and maintenance costs are extremely low in comparison.

The operators of several of the largest mines in the world already put their trust in this complete system, including Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia, the LKAB Kiruna mine in Sweden and the CODELCO El Teniente mine in Chile. The fact that these global players rely on the performance and quality of this system is an affirmation of NMT and Schalke’s strategy of success through teamwork.

NMT integration