Vale and Glencore team up on electric mining vehicle safety – by Len Gillis ( – September 23, 2022)

Big Sudbury miners realized safety goals could be better achieved by working together than tackling problems alone

Sudbury’s two large mining companies are working together on the transition to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) to make it safer to operate those vehicles on surface and in underground mines.

The partnership between Vale Canada and Glencore was revealed at the Maintenance, Engineering and Mine Operators Conference in Sudbury held in Sudbury this week. This was one of several sessions that were held in the Innovation and New Technology category.

The presentation was made by Raphael Tiangco, Vale’s Superintendent of Mobile Fleet Management and Steve Holmik, Glencore’s Mobile Equipment Specialist at Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.

Tiangco said that back in 2019 it was realized that while the original equipment manufacturing (OEM) companies knew how to design and build mining vehicles, they didn’t know the demands or specifications from the mining companies.

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