COMPANY NEWS Ground support specialist to change identity 06 Nov 2013
Orica News Release
- Ground support specialist Minova is moving its underground construction services and product lines under the brand of its parent company, Orica. The move is designed to improve service levels and give easier access to a broader range of specialist products that have applications for both the mining and civil tunneling sectors.
Minova is switching to the Orica brand
- Minova, which has its headquarters in Kentucky, USA, but has branch offices and regional centers across the globe, has been owned by global mining technology specialist Orica since 2007, but is only now officially changing its branding to that of its parent company. The official company name will remain, for the time being, as Minova MAI GmbH.
- "We are well advanced in the process of fully integrating the ground support business into a single Orica structure," said a company spokesman. "This is part of a broader restructure that is designed to reduce complexity, improve our services, offer better value and make doing business with us easier.
- "With the integration of Minova, Orica is now the global leader in ground support systems for tunneling and civil engineering. Our range includes steel and chemical products as well as a variety of strata support services."
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- Minova specializes in production of a range of resins, grouts and anchors, along with technical support services, and is a well-known name in the civil tunneling sector. It also places a strong emphasis on research and development.
- Parent company Orica is better known as a global leader in the supply of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining industry, but through its acquisition of Minova in 2007 it gained access to underground support products and services demanded by civil tunneling. Orica offers bulk explosive systems, packaged explosives, initiating systems, electronic blasting systems and blasting services. A mining chemicals systems arm specializes in products aimed at the mining industry.
- "As we embed the changes, our business activities will span all three product portfolios in a more integrated manner," explained the spokesman. "Our products and services will be strengthened by this new integrated approach, and the transformation will continue over the coming months. We will phase out the Minova brand across all our products and marketing materials, replacing it with the Orica brand."
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