Toyota UK’s Engine Plant, located in Deeside, North Wales today welcomed the creation of 70 jobs at the plant in order to meet increased demand.Recruitment has already started and the additional jobs are the result of Toyota vehicles produced in Brazil now receiving machined parts from the Deeside plant, as well as preparation for upcoming start of production of the Auris Touring Sports model at Toyota’s UK vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Both activities will lead to increased demand for engines produced at the Deeside facility.David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales who was visiting the Toyota plant today said: “Toyota has made a vital contribution to the growing success of the UK car manufacturing sector and to the creation of sustainable jobs in North Wales. It is a glowing example of collaboration between a global company and the UK, and a demonstration of why Wales continues to be a prime location to invest and do business.”Richard Kenworthy, Director of Deeside engine manufacturing plant also commented: “This is great news for the plant and for Wales. Our TMUK members at the Deeside engine plant continue to demonstrate they can deliver the superior quality and efficiency that are vital for building our presence in a highly competitive marketplace.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
TAKRAF, the integrated solutions provider to the global mining, material handling and minerals processing industries, has recently been awarded the supply of the principal ore transportation system for the Chuquicamata Underground Mine Project by Codelco.Chuquicamata is the second deepest open-pit mine in the world and is located 1,650 km north of Santiago, Chile. The Underground Mine Project is being developed to access the ore body situated beneath the present open-pit mine and aims to extend mining operations for a further 40 years. The new mine is scheduled to be in operation in 2019.TAKRAF’s innovative belt conveyor system will overcome a number of technical challenges including significant elevation change from the underground mine to the surface, and will comprise a variety of uphill tunnel conveyors that transport copper ore from underground storage bins. The system will also include a number of feeder conveyors as well as an overland conveyor feeding into the existing conveying system.The conveyor system will be installed with advanced gearless drive technology with the uphill tunnel conveyors boasting the highest drive power ever to be installed on a belt conveyor. In fact, total installed drive power for the entire system will be around 55 MW. Gearless drives eliminate the need for a gearbox, hereby significantly reducing the number of main wear parts. This results in increased efficiency and reliability, as well as less maintenance being required. Further advantages include a considerable reduction in the drive system’s footprint and the amount of instrumentation required.Safety, as well as the ease and speed of maintenance are critical success factors for a project of this nature. TAKRAF’s innovative chute maintenance solution will allow for all regular chute maintenance to be conducted from outside the chute, with no person having to enter the chute. This is a particularly important safety point, especially in underground environments.Another significant achievement will be the installation of a newly developed steel cord belt, ST10000, on the uphill tunnel conveyors. This will mark the world’s very first conveyor system to employ this premier steel cord belt technology. The conveyor system will boast a design capacity of more than 10,000 t/h and, in order to manage and dissipate intense heat generated by the system, a complex cooling system has been included in the project scope, which requires that no heat be dissipated to the underground environment. TAKRAF´s total scope includes a variety of engineering disciplines as well as various components’ supply and extensive site assistance.“This order is another significant milestone for TAKRAF in the Chilean copper industry and we look forward to supporting CODELCO in their aim of being the world’s leading supplier of copper. Our industry-leading conveying technology and proprietary material handling equipment are widely used by customers around the world. Our customers are increasingly demanding innovative and cost-effective solutions to global issues as ore reserves are depleted and mines are required to dig deeper”, says Dr Frank Hubrich, TAKRAF’s CEO.