Page 2 - GlobalEyes Edition 9 - November 2012

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GLOBALEYES / EDITION 9
Regards,
Brian Hodges
Managing Director
CEO
MESSAGE
Wambo is one of Peabody’s
largest operating mines. There
are three Komatsu PC5500 machines onsite as well as one
each of Hitachi’s EX5500, EX2500 and EX1800 hydraulic
excavators. Open-cut mining operations are carried out
under contract. As a company with a global reputation for
In April 2012, a complete Bradken undercarriage
was installed on a Komatsu PC5500 hydraulic
excavator at the Wambo coal mine; the first ever
Bradken complete installation on a PC5500 in
the world.
Located in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, approximately
30 km west of Singleton, the 75% Peabody owned Wambo
mine produces 2.6 million tonne of thermal and Pulverised Coal
Injection (PCI) coal for both the domestic and export markets.
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A WORLD FIRST
AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES
Wambo
Hunter Valley Coal Fields
CONTRIBUTORS
Environment
Greg Chaplin
Engineered Products
Anthony Rowett
Mining Services
Darryl Pyne
Crawler Systems
Sam Hunt
Rail
Allan Chandler
Fixed Plant
Brett Hainsworth
Energy
Jerry Simpson
CREDITS
Writer
Erin Evans
Editor
Erin Evans
Designer
Stephanie Boyd
Printer
WHO Printing
TRADEMARKS
All company names, logos, product names and identifying marks used
throughout this publication are the property of their respective trade
mark owners. They are used for descriptive purposes only and are pro-
tected by the relevant laws of the countries in which the trademarks
are registered.
As predicted in the last GlobalEyes we find ourselves
in another business slowdown. It is important we
recognise the changed circumstances and modify our
behaviour to best adapt to the conditions.
Bradken does not control the size of the market but we
can control our own success in the markets in which
we operate.
It is important we see these cycles as part of normal business and
recognise that as the cycle passes things don’t always remain the
same.
Two key themes of this downturn seem to be the relative position of
coal as an energy source possibly declining in future developments
and the increasing lack of competitiveness of Australian based
manufacturing.
While we have curtailed new capital expenditure in this period it is still
critical we complete the core business improvement projects we have
been working on globally, including:
The commissioning and ramp up of the new Xuzhou foundry
Globalising the new GET products
Rolling out a common I.T. system globally
Completing and occupying the new Corporate and
Technology centre.
Also, by sizing our organisations to meet the current demand and
remaining to focus on continuous improvement we will protect the
core business and skills and rebound as the market again expands.