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More than 1,200 years ago, prehistoric Dublin was home to Viking settlers for whom the Irish capital was a vibrant port city. Kingdoms were conquered, lives were lived, and history was made – but it wasn’t until relatively recently that researchers first got a glimpse of Ireland’s past.

In the early 1960s, excavations in Dublin unveiled extensive Viking remains that providing clues to the traditions and technology of ancient Ireland’s inhabitants. Since then, many construction projects in Dublin have been conducted in cooperation with archaeologists to ensure findings and artefacts are recorded, catalogued and preserved for future generations. As a result, construction crews are also required to take extreme care when excavating and drilling, to avoid disruptions in sensitive ground conditions – which is exactly what Mincon’s Spiral Flush drill bits were designed for.

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Mincon Group plc, the Irish engineering group specialising in the design, manufacture, and servicing of hard-rock drilling consumables has added a state-of-the-art heat-treatment facility to its USA plant in Benton, Illinois. This latest addition forms part of the group’s global expansion, which has seen it investing heavily in R&D and manufacturing facilities to meet global demand.


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In 2016, Mincon Finland was established as the official sales and support office for Mincon customers in the Finnish market. Under the leadership of Jussi Rautiainen and current general manager Sami Eskelin, the business has grown to become the Mincon Group Geotechnical Centre.

In line with its new role in the Mincon Group, Mincon Finland recently relocated to new office premises in the RealPark industrial area, just off the highway 3 arterial road connecting Helsinki and Tampere. This new development is easily accessible from a major route and receives more than 7-million consumers each year – providing maximum exposure for the Mincon brand.

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When it comes to the majority of underground drilling operations, it is common practice to use water injection for dust suppression during the drilling process.

Normally, this water is quite corrosive to core parts of the drill string. Not only does it negatively affect the service life of hammer components, it also reduces rate of penetration (ROP) – directly impacting productivity.

mad2run mincon 1You might ask why 36 Madsters would want to run 24 hours around the clock from Johannesburg to Cape Town for 7 consecutive days with very little sleep, well it was done to raise funds for the MAD Leadership Foundation. The Foundation is an organisation that “want to make a difference by providing a scholarship program to educate, foster leadership and provide life skills development” to under privileged individuals who will become “role models who inspire others” .

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Mincon recently exhibited at the Big 5 Trade Show in Dubai. Mincon were represented by Khalid Shafiq Rao, Jukka Ahonen and Gerry O Connor. Mincon had several visitors from the following markets,

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Elf Drilling who are doing Grade Control at the Vadanta Zinc Mine in Aggenys in the Northern Cape using Mincon MR120 hammers and bits as well as Driconeq RC Remet drill pipe have just taken ownership of a Progradex EL 850 sampling system, also supplied by Mincon. Brian Coetzee and Pieter Brecher from Mincon, joined up with Toby Day, the designer and MD of Progradex from the UK. To commission the rig. Although Progradex have supplied a few other systems into South Africa, this is a first for Mincon.

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On 19th March 2018, the Group completed the acquisition of Driconeq AB, the holding company for the Driconeq Group of companies.

Driconeq is a leading global supplier of high quality drill pipes and accessories for down-the-hole (DTH), rotary and reverse-circulation applications with factories in Sunne, Sweden, Johannesburg, South Africa and Perth Australia. An integral part of the group is the heat treatment business, HARDtekno, located in Kristinehamn in Sweden.