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5/7/2019, 6:45 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Caterpillar, Rio Tinto partner on autonomous machinery

Caterpillar Inc. will supply Rio Tinto's Koodaideri mine in Pilbara, Western Australia with a fleet of 20 autonomous trucks and four autonomous blast drills, as well as other mining equipment through its local dealer WesTrac, the companies said.

Koodaideri will be Rio Tinto's first Pilbara mine to primarily use Caterpillar machinery and the two companies agreed to potentially increase levels of automation of heavy mining equipment at the mine in the future. The new, $2.6 billion mine was approved in November and the production is expected to start by the end of 2021.

"We're pleased to be partnering with Caterpillar and WesTrac to help make Koodaideri the most technology-enabled and innovative mine in our Pilbara iron ore network. Technology is rapidly changing our mining operations as we harness innovation to make our operations safer, smarter and more productive. This extension of our partnership with Caterpillar and WesTrac represents an exciting step for our business," said Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Chris Salisbury.

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