Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Thunderbirds are go for CR Digital
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Thunderbirds are go for CR Digital

CR Digital announces that it has agreed terms to acquire Seattle based Thunderbird Mining Systems, in a transaction that further expands CR Digital’s product offering, IP, sales/marketing and technical support activities.

Damian Assaillit, Head of CR Digital, welcomed the move saying, “Thunderbird Mining Systems were highly regarded in the mining technology sector, providing world-leading blasthole drill optimization technologies to mining customers for over 30 years.”

John Vynne and his team at Thunderbird have been pioneering Measurement While Drilling (MWD) technologies since founding the company and have a rich history in drilling technology and guidance for surface mining.

Thunderbird founder, Mr Vynne adds “I am really pleased to see that our technologies will be part of CR Digital’s range. There is immense appetite for digital knowledge of drill planning and blast outcomes, and the Thunderbird technology combined with CR Digital’s Load Haul Optimization creates a unique and compelling combination that our mining customers will be able to leverage”.

“Thunderbird’s technology is proven to increase mine productivity, reduce drilling costs and improve blasting effectiveness.”

The addition of blasthole drill optimization and rock knowledge systems reflects a strategic move by CR Digital to expand its product range across fragmentation through to load and haul optimization.

“Thunderbird Mining Systems products complement our existing CR Digital product range, including our market-leading Titan 3330TM Load Haul Optimization technology. Optimized fragmentation is a key variable in the productivity of load haul circuits and being able to offer our customers more real-time knowledge is a great opportunity to further enhance mining productivity using technology,” said Mr Assaillit.

Thunderbird Mining Systems’ customers will benefit from the enhanced capability of the global CR group, CR Digital’s proactive technical support, the data analytics capability of its Orion platform, and access to a broader technology portfolio providing enhanced value to their operations.

“CR Digital looks forward to continuing the long-term partnerships forged with Thunderbird Mining Systems customers.” said Mr Assaillit.

“The proud legacy and deep history of the Thunderbird brand will add to CR Digital’s portfolio and strategy into the future.”

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