mincon canada tradeshowThe 2019 trade show circuit kicked off in January, with Mincon at the AME RoundUp expo in Vancouver, Canada. This marks the first of many show appearances for Mincon, this year.

Long-standing team members manned the stand alongside new colleagues from Mincon's recent acquisition, Pacific Bit of Canada Inc. AME RoundUp focuses on exploration drilling in the Canadian market, a segment that Mincon services with its extensive range of Mincon and Driconeq reverse circulation (RC) products. This includes the MR range of RC hammers, coupled with Driconeq's range of RC drill pipes, swivels, deflectors, and other RC accessories. With this comprehensive product offering Mincon offers the exploration driling industry all the consumables it needs, from bit to bag.

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Mincon Group plc (ESM: MIO AIM:MCON), the Irish engineering group specialising in the design, manufacture, sale and servicing of rock drilling tools and associated products, advises that it has contracted to acquire the share capital of Pacific Bit of Canada Inc.

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The Mincon International UK and Marshalls Carbide facility in Sheffield, UK has received extensive upgrades to meet growing demand for the Group’s range of high-quality drill string consumables.

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South African deep-hole drilling expert Torque Africa Exploration (https://www.torqueafrica.co.za/) has set a new South African depth record for uninterrupted rotary percussion drilling at 1,402m, using a DTH hammer and drill bits supplied by Mincon.

banner Spiral Flush Dublin (18 of 29).jpgMore 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.