Caterpillar Underground Machinery has acquired the IP for Ground Force Worldwide’s underground articulated truck designs.
The agreement provides Cat with additional designs in the 20 tonne and smaller payload class.
“The Ground Force AT18E (18 tonnes payload ejector) and AT20 (20 tonnes payload) remain available for immediate order via Ground Force Worldwide. The company will showcase the AT18E at MINExpo 2016,” according to Cat.
It comes as Cat announces it will discontinue manufacture of its room and pillar equipment, and track drills.
According to the company, it is part of a move to pursue ‘strategic alternatives, including a possible divesture, for its room and pillar products”.
“These moves, which align with Caterpillar’s ongoing restructuring, will allow us to focus resources on those areas of the business that provide the highest, sustainable growth and best long-term returns,” Cat group president for Resources Industries, Denise Johnson, said.
The underground mining products under strategic review include continuous miners, feeder breakers, coal haulage systems, highwall miners, roof bolters, utility vehicles, and diesel vehicles.
Production of tracked drills will also be discontinued.
However, it has increased its focus on the hard rock space, unveiling an underground hard rock longwall miner.
Last year Cat also acquired the designs for Specialised Vehicle Solutions’ underground trucks, which has been transformed into the new Cat AD22, which is currently underground field trials.