Sandvik - Understanding underground.
Sandvik focuses on continuously developing tunneling methods and equipment to be more efficient and more productive, giving a safe result of the highest quality. Sandvik's tunneling expertise covers a range of methods: Drill and blast, mechanical cutting and breaking. The equipment range includes tunneling jumbos, roadheaders and cutting units, bolters and bolts, drilling and cutting tools, hydraulic breakers, loading and hauling equipment, mobile crushers, and financing, parts and consumables, training, technical support, and repair and rebuild service.
We invest heavily in research and development. Our in-house cutting test laboratory lets us address special customer requirements and offer the latest technologies in mechanical cutting. We also have a unique test environment - a test mine – in connection with the drills factory, where practical testing in real life conditions takes place, and a laboratory for measuring drilling dynamics and performing rock drill and tool lifetime tests.
Sandvik works in close cooperation with universities and research institutes everywhere in the world. A good example is a research and development project called “ICUTROC”, a result of which is a more effective, energy-saving cutting system for tunneling roadheaders. Not to mention the intelligent tunneling concept – the DTi jumbos with iSURE™ process optimization tool – in drill and blast: They deliver an uncompromisingly accurate drilling result, with minimum vibrations, taking safety in tunneling, and in tunnels, into new heights.
Recently, Sandvik tunneling equipment has been employed, among others, in Monte Ceneri and Sedrun, Switzerland, Berapit tunnels in Malaysia, Express rail link C822 in Hong Kong, Durango-Mazatlan highway in Mexico, Changuinola hydropower project in Panama, Seoul ring road in Korea, Jurong oil caverns in Singapore, La Romaine hydropower project in Canada, Brisbane Airport Link in Australia, the Sochi Olympic Games site in Russia, the metro Bilbao site in Spain, the Citybanan metro site in Sweden and a wide range of projects in Finland.
Tunneling is a part of Sandvik Construction, which is a business area within the Sandvik Group providing products, services and solutions for virtually any construction industry application encompassing rock quarrying, tunneling, rock excavation, demolition, road building, recycling and civil engineering. The range of products includes rock tools, drilling rigs, breakers, bulk-materials handling, stationary and mobile crushing and screening solutions and underground civil engineering drilling, cutting, loading & hauling machinery solutions and services. In 2011 sales amounted to more than 9,000 MSEK, with approximately 2,600 employees (pro forma rounded numbers).
Sandvik Group is a global industrial group with advanced products and world-leading positions in selected areas – tools for metal cutting, equipment and tools for the mining and construction industries, stainless materials, special alloys, metallic and ceramic resistance materials as well as process systems. In 2010 the Group had about 47,000 employees and representation in 130 countries, with annual sales of nearly 83,000 MSEK.