VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA (March 16, 2021) — Wenco International Mining Systems is pleased to announce our successful bid to provide fleet management and supplementary mining technology at Gold Fields Limited’s forthcoming Salares Norte site in Chile.

Salares Norte is a greenfield gold-silver mine located in the Atacama Desert, roughly 330 km from the city of Diego de Almagro.

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Salares Norte, a greenfield gold-silver mine in the Atacama Desert, has selected Wenco fleet management for its operation.

Gold Fields has acquired the Wenco fleet management system and BenchManager high-precision machine guidance systems to manage the site’s excavators, drills, and dozers. The site has also ordered high-precision systems for use on its fleet of trucks. Using this Wenco technology, site personnel can gather real-time data that supports rapid decision-making from a single source of truth to increase productivity in a safe and sustainable manner. The system at Salares Norte will run using LTE telecommunications technology.

In addition to fleet management and machine guidance technology, Salares Norte has also purchased Wenco’s ReadyLine asset health management system to reduce unplanned downtime and extend the life of their equipment.

“Salares Norte is an exciting opportunity for us,” says Wenco Regional Manager — Latin America José Eugenio Saravia.

“Gold Fields is one of the largest gold mining companies in the world and we already have a strong relationship with them through the St Ives project in Australia. The recent successes we’ve had throughout Latin America — from Mexico through to Argentina — really shows the expansion of Wenco’s capabilities in the region in just the past few years.

“Now, such a major customer within the region really showcases the level of commitment and service we’re able to offer throughout the region.”

To learn more about the Wenco Mine Performance Suite or Wenco operations in Latin America, please contact Regional Manager — Latin America José Eugenio Saravia at southamerica@wencomine.com.


About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco has developed technology solutions to help mining companies increase productivity. Wenco offers a suite of mine productivity solutions including Fleet Management, Asset Health, Proximity Detection, Mining Business Analytics & High Precision Machine Guidance Solutions. Wenco works closely with customers to enable them to extract unrealized value from their operations and strives to be recognized as the industry leader for reliable solutions in mine safety, productivity, and efficiency. A Hitachi company since 2009, Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery, with headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, please visit www.wencomine.com.

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