Caterpillar Vice President Discusses Changes in Mining Industry

As the keynote speaker at the 2015 SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for Product Development & Global Technology Gwenne Henricks spoke on the need for mining equipment providers to adapt to changes in the mining industry.

“As we look to the next decade, we see the opportunity to be transformational in terms of the impact mining equipment companies can have on the industry as a whole,” said Henricks.

Henricks went on to outline some of the ways equipment providers are providing higher productivity, more sustainable operations and safer environments for customers all over the world.  Citing increases in computing power and technological capabilities, as well as more precise methods of resource recovery and smarter, safer, more efficient practices on the ground at mine sites, Henricks said that the stage is set for equipment providers and miners to work together to make the industry better than ever.

“From our perspective, we see a bright future for the mining industry,” said Henricks. “And we fully expect that mining equipment companies and the miners will continue to work together as partners, driving innovation to improve productivity and enhance safety while becoming more sustainable.”

Henricks was also featured in a video called, “SME and Mining: Navigating the Global Waters.” 

In the company’s booth on the show floor, Caterpillar Global Mining echoed Henricks’ calls for transformation—especially when it comes to technology. The booth showcased Cat® MineStar, a multifaceted suite of technology solutions that help make Cat equipment better and safer.

MineStar’s five capability sets cover everything from machine monitoring, object detection and fleet data to remote-controlled machines and even fully autonomous operation. In particular, the exhibit focused on Command for Hauling, a Caterpillar technology that allows for fully autonomous haul trucks.

Following the conference, Henricks was featured in SME’s Thought Leaders Podcast series. Click here to listen to the podcast. 

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Gwenne A. Henricks

Gwenne Henricks is vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for Product Development & Global Technology. Henricks is also chief technology officer.

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