UK still leads the way in mining excellence

coal stocksFUCHS, the world’s largest independent lubricant manufacturer, still keeps its Centre of Excellence for underground mining in the UK, despite few mines remaining in Britain.

FUCHS operates in six continents – all bar Antarctica – and is overseen from FUCHS’ UK base in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Martyn Rushton, Head of Global Mining, FUCHS Group, said: “FUCHS, having its mining headquarters here in Staffordshire, is an historic relationship which goes back well over 100 years. To still have the Centre of Excellence held here at FUCHS UK makes us all exceptionally proud.”

FUCHS’ most significant markets include South America, South Asia and the Nordics, and Rushton said that each of these present their own unique challenges.

He added: “Each country is different. In Ukraine at the moment, for example, there is still conflict. All of the coal which heats the Ukraine comes from the Donets Basin. We are still managing to supply product, manufactured in the UK, to that area every week.

Rushton predicts difficult years ahead for the mining industry due to the plummeting price of coal, climate control issues, and the continuing decline in the steel industry. However he also believes that the uk industry still has room to grow overseas.

“We send out our people to countries to provide training seminars and show them how to maintain fluids and so on. We also bring people to the UK and use our fantastic facilities and labs dedicated to mining. We show our customers the benefits of the products and that is key.

“There is huge potential for growth – worldwide there are still many opportunities for the team to pursue, and we’re delighted to be driving that forward from an area with such a rich mining heritage as Staffordshire.”

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